Packers Morning Buzz: Bad night for Blake Martinez, run defense

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

We'll start with Eric Baranczyk and Pete Dougherty writing in their weekly game video review analysis about the Packers' poor run defense in Thursday's 34-27 loss to the Eagles. They cite inside linebacker Blake Martinez as a major culprit and point out how much injured linebacker Oren Burks is missed.

Eric and Pete write:

Though Martinez had 15 tackles, he did not play well. He had a handful of plays in which he tried to be aggressive but filled the wrong gap, which was emblematic of the Packers’ lack of gap consciousness overall. He also had a clean shot but slid off the tackle on Jordan Howard’s one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. ...

The Packers’ run defense also misses Burks, who’s still out with a torn pectoral sustained in training camp. Without him, their second inside linebacker has been either a safety (Raven Greene before he broke his ankle in Week 2; Amos since) or recently acquired B.J. Goodson. ...

Burks (233 pounds) would provide a bigger body than Amos to play the run and can match up better than Goodson with tight ends in coverage. It’s unclear when Burks will be back, though he has started taking part in at least some drills in practice.

You can read more of their game video analysis here:

More evidence of how the Packers' run defense was exposed vs. the Eagles:

Former Packers receiver Trevor Davis takes it to the house Sunday against the Raiders in their 31-24 upset of the Colts:

And former Packers cornerback Bashaud Breeland does the same on a fumble recovery for the Chiefs in their dramatic 34-30 win over the Lions:

The NFL's new pass-interference rules were a bit difficult to figure out Thursday night:

Looks pretty obvious from this angle:

Still undetermined is whether the Packers will be without their top receiver in Dallas next Sunday:

Former Packers receiver James Jones points out how much the loss of Adams affected the offense late in Thursday night's loss:

Encouraging news Friday on injured Packers running back Jamaal Williams:

Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett claims he didn't hear the whistle:

A botched RPO cost the Packers a touchdown on this play:

ESPN's Rob Demovsky on how the Packers' first loss could shape their season:

Jason Wilde sees positive signs in the Packers' passing game:

Rob Reischel looks at what can be done about the leaky run defense:

Will Brinson of CBS Sports is perplexed by the NFL's handling of pass-interference calls:

Here's a look at that particular play, and the NFL explanation:

And why was the flag picked up on this touchdown by the Eagles' Alshon Jeffery?

Big TV ratings for this Thursday night tussle:

And finally: Two plugs for a must-see, three-part video series starting Monday:

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