Packers Morning Buzz: Upset of Bears to open 'Aaron Rodgers revenge tour'?
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with John Breech of CBS Sports listing the Packers over the Bears as one of his three admittedly way-too-early "best bets" for the opening week of the 2019 NFL season. Although the Packers are 3 1/2-point underdogs, Breech likes them to win outright.
For the second straight year, the Packers and Bears are opening the season against each other, and for the second straight year, I like the Packers to win. Of course, things are slightly different this time around. Instead of Mike McCarthy, the Packers will be coached by Matt LaFleur, which should work to their advantage. The biggest upside to adding LaFleur is that there will actually be an element of surprise in what the Packers do on offense this season. After years of running the same, stale stuff in Green Bay, LaFleur will be spicing things up for Aaron Rodgers. The Packers offense was so predictable last season that it almost got Rodgers killed in his two games against the Bears. The Packers quarterback got beat up in both games against Chicago: Not only did he get sacked a total of seven times in the two games, but he suffered a knee injury that ended up bothering him the rest of the season.
Rodgers is going to be out for revenge this season and I'm just not willing to bet against him on the opening game of his revenge tour.
Verdict: Packers cover and win.
You can see Breech's other Week 1 best bets here.
How Montravius Adams went from Mike Pettine's doghouse to being labeled the defense's most improved player, via Ryan Wood:
The Packers' deep passing game still isn't stretching the field, writes Tom Silverstein:
Notes on David Bakhtiari vs. Z'Darius Smith, Josh Jones' performance and more:
Jim Owczarski and Olivia Reiner field fans' questions on Facebook:
Owczarski does a deep dive into the personality of energetic Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett:
Check out these photos from Tuesday's practice:
Olivia Reiner explores the Packers' Northwestern connection:
ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes about Aaron Jones' lofty goals:
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix rejoined Bears practice Tuesday after a stint on the injured list:
And finally ... Clay Matthews (remember him?) feels like he's starting all over, but the Rams are expecting big things:
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