Packers Morning Buzz: Quicker routes, decisions ignite offense
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
The Packers, who rallied Monday night to beat the San Francisco 49ers 33-30 on a last-second Mason Crosby field goal, are enjoying a bye week. Their next game is Oct. 28 at the Los Angeles Rams.
We'll start with Eric Baranczyk and Pete Dougherty talking about how effective the Packers' offense is when Aaron Rodgers gets the ball out of his hands quickly.
Eric and Pete write:
The Packers have one of the two best quarterbacks in the NFL and have been putting up big yardage most weeks, but it’s not showing up on the scoreboard like it needs to for them to be a good team.
Monday night that was on full display. After a good start, the Packers had an abysmal 40-minute stretch where their only scores were two field goals. They looked uninspired and disconnected. Nobody made a play.
Then in the final three minutes, Aaron Rodgers put the team on his back and 10 points on the board, and the Packers won the game. The difference in the final three minutes? Play calling and approach. Quicker routes, quicker decisions and getting the ball out faster.
You can read their analysis column (which includes other topics) here:
Eric and Pete also handed down their weekly position grades:
The Packers hope to get healthier on offense during the bye week and return with a better idea of what they need to do:
Can the Packers' season be saved? Is it worth saving? Listen to our podcast debate with Tom Silverstein and Jim Owczarski:
In Wisconsin, it's not just Packers fans who hate Joe Buck:
A play-by-play video critique of every Aaron Rodgers pass on the Packers' game-winning drive:
Former Packers receiver James Jones talks about what it's like to be in the huddle with Rodgers during a late-game comeback:
Tom Oates calls it like he sees it for the Wisconsin State Journal:
A cockroach? This is a crude way of praising Aaron Rodgers:
Acme Packing Co. writes about defensive coordinator Mike Pettine finding the right matchups against the 49ers:
Maybe news of the Brewers' victory mellowed the Lambeau Field crowd:
The top two teams in The MMQB rankings just happen to be the Packers' next two opponents:
A question that Packers fans will be mulling during the bye week:
And finally ....