Welcome to your game-day Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
The Packers (3-2-1) face the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams (7-0) at 3:25 p.m. CDT at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
We'll start with Tom Silverstein's column about how important it is that the Packers at least be competitive in their next two games against elite opponents and how dire the consequences could be if they get blown out Sunday by the Rams and aren't competitive during this five-game stretch.
McCarthy and Rodgers have been short-sighted in not running the ball even in those games when the Packers were behind by more than one score. If you have no run game and refuse to use it when you’re behind, you’re destined to never run it and never have a play-action game.
There is more at stake Sunday than just the run game. Defense and special teams better start winning more downs than they’re losing.
It has been said in this column that this team is set up for reigniting into the upper echelon of the NFL in 2019 because general manager Brian Gutekunst’s first draft has a chance to be outstanding, his next draft now includes two first-round picks and his freedom to sign free agents won’t be encumbered by a lack of cap space.
But as foreign a thought as it might be for McCarthy, someone else could be the one inheriting that opportunity if the Packers collapse during this five-game stretch. If his team is still playing like it did the first six weeks of the season, his future could be in doubt.
You can read the whole column here:
Silverstein looks at keys to a possible upset in our Packers Podcast:
Pete Dougherty writes about the different paths the Packers and Rams are traveling:
Silverstein presents his weekly "5 Things to Watch," along with our experts' predictions:
Silverstein and Olivia Reiner break out the iPad to examine the Rams' play-action offense:
Packers tight end Lance Kendricks is dealing with a new legal issue:
For some interesting off-the-field Packers takes, check out Jim Owczarski on Snapchat:
Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on the trade market?
Aaron Rodgers talks to NBC's Mike Tirico about his growing friendship with Brett Favre and also about the immediate aftermath of his knee injury in the season opener:
Ndamukong Suh says he doesn't know whether Rodgers likes him:
Rams cornerback Sam Shields talks about his concussions and being released by the Packers in The Players' Tribune:
A bit of a surprise from The MMQB experts on the Packers-Rams game:
Rob Demovsky of ESPN writes about the unfortunate injury that has kept Jake Kumerow sidelined:
The Packers Wire spotlights five under-the-radar Packers who need to deliver Sunday:
Andy Herman goes to the video to evaluate Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Blake Martinez for Cheesehead TV:
Acme Packing Co. shows how Mike Daniels is contributing without it showing up on the stat sheet: