Former Packers All-Pro safety LeRoy Butler and JS reporter Tom Silverstein discuss what’s missing from Aaron Rodgers' game and the Packers’ chances for making the playoffs. Bill Schulz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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 (4-5-1) face a virtual must-win game Sunday at Minnesota (5-4-1).
We'll start with Tom Silverstein's look at cornerback Kevin King's importance to the Packers' defense and how they need him to get healthy:
Since entering the NFL, King has missed 11 of 22 games, including four this season with groin and hamstring injuries. He finished 2017 on injured reserve and needed offseason surgery to repair his left shoulder.
There’s a chance he will need surgery on his right shoulder after the season.
If you want King to admit he’s injury prone, he won’t do it. If you want him to say out loud that he needs to get on the field because his team needs him, he will gladly do it.
“There’s nothing that someone could show me that could make me think more or less of myself,” King said. “Shoot, it doesn’t matter. It’s a team sport.
“You show me that the team is better with you on the field, that’s not going to make me feel good, it’s going to make me feel bad for not being out there. It’s not going to make me feel better, like, ‘Yay, me.’
“It’s more like, ‘Damn, kid, get your ass on the field so we can be the best team we can be.’”
You can read the entire column here:
For the second straight year, former Packers safety LeRoy Butler is among the 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
Tom and LeRoy break down a couple of key plays from the loss to the Seahawks:
And starting next week, Tom and LeRoy will be doing their show in front of a live audience:
Jim Owczarski takes an early look at the Vikings and the crucial rematch facing the Packers in Minnesota:
Randall Cobb, Tramon Williams and Kevin King look forward to playing the Vikings again:
Questions about the state of the Packers? Fire them at Pete Dougherty during his live chat at 11 a.m. Wednesday:
ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes that Aaron Rodgers' numbers seem out of sync with the Packers' 4-5-1 record:
Could the Packers really still be ranked in the top 10?
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick looks at Rodgers' role in the Packers' struggles:
Rodgers remains in the top five in passing yardage (but well behind the two quarterbacks who put on a stunning passing show Monday night):
The Packers' struggles aren't helping the market for sales of homes near Lambeau Field:
The Bears' backup quarterback is Chase Daniels for Thursday's game at Detroit:
And finally, Packers players are featured in a couple of these: