Packers Morning Buzz: Jon Gruden grits his teeth over costly Raiders fumble
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 Jerry McDonald of the San Jose Mercury-News looking at the Packers' 42-24 victory Sunday over Oakland from a Raiders perspective. In particular, the Raiders pointed to quarterback Derek Carr's fumble on a one-handed reach for the end zone pylon late in the first half as the game's turning point.
Carr, as he did against the Dallas Cowboys two seasons ago, lost the ball out of bounds while reaching for the pylon, resulting in a touchback for the Packers instead of a score for the Raiders.
The Packers made it hurt even worse when Rodgers hit Jake Kumerow over Daryl Worley for a 37-yard touchdown before the half ended.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden gritted his teeth and did his best to commend Carr for his desire, if not the end result.
“It’s a fine line, a fine line,” Gruden said. “I compliment his effort. I think the ball slipped out of his hands, and it’s a big play in the game.”
You can read the entire piece here:
So where are all the national pundits who insisted Aaron Rodgers never would mesh with Matt LaFleur's offense?
Yeah, looks like the new coach and the star quarterback just don't get along:
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Rodgers' performance, from a statistical standpoint, achieved perfection:
The determination to play shown by Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison inspired their teammates:
Valdez-Scantling takes it to the house on a 74-yard TD scamper:
In our Packers Insider, Jim Owczarski looks at how Rodgers distributed the ball:
Jim joins Tom Silverstein to analyze the game on their Packers Podcast:
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr regrets his one-handed TD attempt at the pylon:
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Rodgers joined some elite company:
Detroit Lions fans remain miffed about what happened in Green Bay:
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Speaking from the NFL fall meeting, Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said owners will push for a 17-game regular season as part of the next CBA, with a shortening of the preseason.
"A big part of it is, the quality of the preseason is pretty bad, and getting worse," said Murphy, who is a member of the executive committee involved in talks with the players' union. "Obviously it's (about) revenue, but it's the quality of the games, and players don't need four games to get ready for the (regular) season. Fewer and fewer starters are playing. So switching out a preseason game for a regular-season game is really good for fans."
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network writes that Commissioner Roger Goodell also acknowledged the 17-game goal for the first time publicly.
If a 17-game season were approved, Goodell said, the season would still start the week after Labor Day and push back the Super Bowl by one week. Another scenario favored by some would be to add a second bye week for each team, which would put the Super Bowl on the three-day Presidents Day holiday weekend.
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This figures to be a festive show:
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