Packers Morning Buzz: Defenses enhance NFC North's intimidation factor
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 facing the intimidating task of playing in the NFL's toughest division, according to rankings by John Breech of CBS Sports. What makes the NFC North so potentially potent? Balance and defense.
1. NFC North
When Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback of the third-best team in your division, you know you have a strong division, and that's exactly what the NFC North had in 2018.
Although Rodgers is the best quarterback in the division, the Packers aren't really the best at anything else, which is a big reason why the NFC North is so balanced. The Bears have the best defense, the Vikings have the best receiving corps and the Lions, well, they're the best at not winning the division.
Speaking of winning the division, the Bears did that with a strong defense last year and Lions coach Matt Patricia seems to be well aware of that, because he spent the most of the offseason upgrading the defense in Detroit. Thanks to the addition of Trey Flowers, the Lions now have a defensive front that includes Flowers, Mike Daniels and Damon "Snacks" Harrison.
New Packers coach Matt LaFleur must have also noticed how the Bears won the division, because he also beefed up his defense this offseason by adding multiple players, including OLB Za'Darius Smith, OLB Preston Smith, S Adrian Amos.
What this all means is that you shouldn't be surprised if the final score of every NFC North game this year is 13-10. You also shouldn't be surprised if the NFC North ends up being the best division in the NFL this year.
You can find the rest of Breech's rankings (which put the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots in the easiest division) right here:
Thursday brought good results for Lane Taylor and several of his teammates battling for roster spots:
DeShone Kizer says he gave it his all in an effort to secure a backup QB role:
The Packers' offensive line picture is coming into focus, writes Pete Dougherty:
Packers receiver J'Mon Moore seemingly was already starting to clean out his locker Thursday night:
Time for final 53-man roster projections, and here's one that makes sense from Tom Silverstein and Jim Owczarski:
The biggest mystery ended early Thursday night ... no foghorn!
Instead, the Packers served up flickering strobe lights after every touchdown:
In Chicago, the Bears' kicking frustrations continue:
Meanwhile, Minnesota has its own issues:
More concerning for the Lions than their 0-4 exhibition record has to be the injuries sustained by linebacker Jarrad Davis and center Frank Ragnow:
Packers making the top-100 list include Vince Lombardi, Curly Lambeau, Don Hutson, Paul Hornung, Brett Favre and ... Tony Mandarich?
The Packers recently lost one of their all-time greats:
This should be interesting:
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