Packers Morning Buzz: Defense finds ways to pressure the passer

Stu Courtney
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Green Bay Packers linebacker Blake Martinez (50) sacks quarterback Jared Goff (16) against the LA Rams Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.

Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at

The Packers (3-3-1) played well in some aspects Sunday but nonetheless fumbled away a chance to upset the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams, losing 29-27 at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

We'll start with Tom Silverstein's analysis of the Packers' missed opportunity and also how much better the defense looked.

Tom writes:

The presence of three solid man-to-man corners seemed to change everything for Pettine, who moved all of the corners around, including putting veteran Tramon Williams in the slot. It allowed Williams to blitz Goff, something he had not shown in previous games and it kept the Rams quarterback guessing.

On most passing third downs, Pettine stacked seven guys at the line of scrimmage and made Goff guess which ones were coming. Early on, he brought inside linebacker Blake Martinez and safety Jermaine Whitehead. Later, he brought Williams and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

While all of that was occurring, defensive linemen Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels and Dean Lowry were pushing the pocket and making Goff dodge pass rushers. Matthews played one of his best games, finishing with seven tackles, a sack, a quarterback hit and several pressures.

Asked about Pettine’s plan, coach Mike McCarthy said, “I thought Mike, I thought the defensive coaches, players, I thought they had a hell of a plan.”

You can read Tom's entire column here:

Ryan Wood looks at Ty Montgomery's costly fumble and Aaron Jones' role in the running backs rotation:

Jones talked about his 33-yard touchdown gallop:

Pete Dougherty writes that the Packers' offense was the real culprit:

Tom and Pete discuss the ramifications of the Packers' loss:

The Packers still are looking for their first road victory:

The Rams' Aaron Donald demonstrated why he gets the big bucks:

The Packers are going to look back at this game as one that belonged in the win column:

Pete and Ryan fielded postgame questions on Facebook Live:

Be sure to join in Ryan's postgame live chat at around 4:30 p.m. CST Monday:

Michael Silver of reports that several Packers players believe Montgomery was irate over being removed from the game on the previous series and that anger may have influenced his decision to return the kickoff:

The Packers Podcast looks at whether the Packers can build off the loss:

Tom Oates writes about what the Packers can learn from the loss for the Wisconsin State Journal:

Rodgers said hello to TV reporter Erin Andrews before the game:

With Tom Brady and the Patriots next up, it seems like a good time to look back at a 2017 story on how Rodgers' career numbers measure up:

The MMQB has the Rams' perspective on the game-clinching Montgomery fumble:

ESPN's Rob Demovsky points to two key moments that proved costly for the Packers:

The Packers got some help from the Saints, who beat the Vikings at Minnesota and will face the Rams next Sunday:

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network on the possible trade market for Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix:


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