Packers Morning Buzz: Two Green Bay teams make list of NFL's all-time top 10
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 the Packers landing two teams in the top 10 of USA TODAY SPORTS' list of the 100 greatest NFL teams of all time.
In the No. 3 spot, the newspaper's panel placed the 1962 Packers:
Widely regarded as the premier team coached by legendary Vince Lombardi, even if it reigned four years prior to the Super Bowl's debut. Green Bay finished 13-1, its wins coming by an average of more than three touchdowns. The roster sported 11 Hall of Famers, not including Lombardi. They only beat the imposing Giants 16-7 in the championship game, but it was staged in New York's 8-degree wind chill, which didn't lend itself to much offense. Regardless, that battle helped launch NFL Films to prominence.
And the No. 10 spot went to the 1996 team that won Super Bowl XXXI:
QB Brett Favre was in the midst of becoming the only player to earn MVP hardware in three consecutive seasons. Reggie White, arguably the best defensive lineman ever, was still a force, collecting three sacks of Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe in the Super Bowl. And from a numbers standpoint, this club ranks favorably with any in Green Bay's vaunted history, going 13-3 in the regular season before trashing its playoff opponents by an average of 17.3 points.
Five other Packers teams made the top-100 list. You can read the entire list of teams (topped by the 1985 Bears) here:
The Packers made their displeasure known over Texans rookie Lonnie Johnson Jr.'s hit and taunt during first day of joint practices:
Johnson proceeded to post this shot of the aftermath of his Instagram:
Pete Dougherty explains what fullback Danny Vitale brings to the offense in his Packers Camp Insider:
Packers' top 2018 draft pick on his way to becoming lockdown cornerback, Tom Silverstein writes:
Packers tight end Jimmy Graham is excited about Matt LaFleur's new offense:
More thoughts from a rare Graham media session, and a Kevin King injury update:
Former Wisconsin star J.J. Watt was a big hit with fans of all ages:
Check out these photos from the Packers-Texans joint practice:
Lori Nickel writes about a turning point early in Tramon Williams' career:
Tenth-year man Bryan Bulaga seems to have enjoyed the joint practice:
Bill Huber of The Maven/Sports Illustrated was impressed with the Packers' defense Monday:
If the Packers decide they need a veteran backup quarterback, here are some names to consider, via Rob Reischel of ForbesSports:
Titletown District diversions keep expanding:
And finally: Savor this vantage point for Monday evening's glorious Green Bay sunset:
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