Packers Morning Buzz: Jaire Alexander's impact, Patriots' injuries and more

Stu Courtney
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Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) reacts to a missed field goal attempt by the Minnesota Vikings late in the second quarter during their football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.

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

The Packers (3-3-1) will try to bounce back from a disappointing loss at the Los Angeles Rams when they play at New England (6-2) at 7:20 p.m. Sunday.

We'll start with Tom Silverstein's analysis of how the Packers' changes in the secondary could be just the ticket for turning the tables on Tom Brady.

Tom writes:

It’s hard to pin the fortunes of a football team on a single player unless he’s a quarterback, but if rookie cornerback Jaire Alexander is the budding talent he appeared to be last week in Los Angeles, the Green Bay Packers could be back in business this year.

Alexander can’t tilt the field the way Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady might Sunday in Foxborough, but he is the right man in the right place at the right time for a Packers team that has yet to play a complete game during its 3-3-1 start.

The Packers loaded up on cornerback this offseason hoping to avoid the disaster that got defensive coordinator Dom Capers and most of his staff fired. They signed free agent Tramon Williams, re-signed veteran Davon House and then selected Alexander and Josh Jackson with their first two draft picks.

When the injury bug hit House, Alexander and Kevin King, general manager Brian Gutekunst wasted no time. He signed free agent Bashaud Breeland and elevated Tony Brown from the practice squad.

Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine goes into a meeting with the 6-2 Patriots on Sunday night being all-in at the cornerback position.

You can read the entire piece here:

There was word Sunday morning that the Patriots could be without some key offensive players against the Packers:

Pete Dougherty writes on how this may not be the last Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady matchup:

The Packers pulled a surprise Saturday, signing former Chargers punter Drew Kaser to fill the open spot on their 53-man roster (they also ruled receiver Geronimo Allison out for Sunday's game with groin and hamstring injuries):

Could the Packers actually be picked to win by the majority of our experts. Plus, 5 things to watch from Silverstein:

Jim Owczarski and Olivia Reiner dig a little deeper into why the Packers could pull off the upset:

The Packers are getting pass-rush help from an unexpected source, writes Ryan Wood:

On a busy Packers Podcast, Silverstein and Owczarski analyze this past week's trades and the challenge presented by the Patriots:

An interesting way of comparing the career numbers of Rodgers and Brady:

Mike Daniels thinks the Packers' defense is close to putting it all together:

A familiar face could replace Ty Montgomery on kickoff returns:

Owczarski and Reiner discuss the success that Mike Pettine and other Packers assistants have had against the Patriots:

Kendra Meinert has the story of a 100-year-old Packers fan's special memories:

The legal battle continues for a Packers fan in Chicago:

Jason Wilde writes about the build-up to Rodgers vs. Brady for the Wisconsin State Journal:

On the mutual respect between Bill Belichick and Mike McCarthy:

ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes about how far receiver Davante Adams has come from his first 100-yard game against the Patriots in 2014:

Acme Packing Co. looks at the contrasting ways the Packers and Patriots have gone about acquiring receivers for their star quarterbacks:

Seven years ago, the New York Giants defeated both Rodgers' Packers and Brady's Patriots en route to winning the Super Bowl:

"Good Morning Football" asks which quarterback you'd rather have to lead a last-minute drive:

They also explore what emoji best describes Packers vs. Patriots:

On "NFL Total Access," the question is which quarterback will have the better game:

The always-insightful "NFL Matchup" show on ESPN looks at how the Packers' offense can beat the man-to-man coverage they'll see against the Patriots:

And finally, Packers running back Jamaal Williams tried to line up a date for his mother through talk-show host Steve Harvey:


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