Packers Morning Buzz: Is high-flying Green Bay the class of the NFC?
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 NFL.com's Adam Schein calling the Packers the best team in the NFC. Not surprising since the Packers were Schein's preseason pick to win the conference, but he lays out his reasoning here in his "Fact or Fiction" column:
The Green Bay Packers are the best team in the NFC.
This is indeed factual. And that's no disrespect to the conference's last remaining undefeated team, the 6-0 San Francisco 49ers. I appreciate these Niners and love that the great Kyle Shanahan gave his dad, Mike, the game ball after he went into Washington and beat the Redskins 9-0 in a weather-waylaid contest. Yes, the Niners have played the easiest strength of schedule in the NFL thus far, but you can only play the games on your slate, all of which San Fran has won. And how about Sean Payton's Saints, who have now prevailed in five straight games without the injured Drew Brees. Simply remarkable.
But it's Aaron Rodgers' world, and we are all just living in it.
Rodgers has been playing well all season, despite how his fantasy owners felt about the 35-year-old QB over his first six games. It was all building to a vintage performance from the two-time MVP -- and on Sunday, we got it. In Green Bay's 42-24 win over the Raiders, Rodgers completed 80.6 percent of his passes for 429 yards and five touchdowns, while also running for an additional score. And for the first time in the storied history of the Packers franchise, Green Bay's quarterback finished a game with a perfect passer rating of 158.3. Did I mention Rodgers accomplished this without Davante Adams, but rather with hobbled and no-name wideouts? Sunday's showing by No. 12 was, as my on-the-scene colleague Jeffri Chadiha put it, a frightening statement to the rest of the NFL.
The Packers have a great defense that currently ranks ninth in points allowed. They're clearly starting to come into their own offensively. And most importantly, you don't hear any more foolish chatter about Rodgers' relationship with first-year head coach Matt LaFleur. Green Bay was my preseason pick to represent the amazing NFC in Super Bowl LIV, and seven Sundays into the season, I have no reason to think otherwise.
You can read the entire column (as a bonus for Packers fans, Schein rips on Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky) here:
Aaron Rodgers was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week, the 17th time he has won the award (but the first time since Week 5 of 2017):
The Packers retain their No. 3 spot in the USA Today power rankings, but look who's sneaking up behind them:
ICYMI, Rodgers is healthy again and that is enabling him to throw with more accuracy, write Eric Baranczyk and Pete Dougherty in their weekly game video analysis:
With Rodgers surpassing the 350 career TD mark Sunday, it's time to test your memory:
Running back Aaron Jones has improved his overall game, as seen with this tremendous downfield blocking that paved the way for Marquez Valdes-Scantling's 74-yard TD reception ...
... And, of course, there's also Jones' surprising pass-catching ability:
The wide receiver trade market heats up. Will the Packers join in?
Brett Favre can empathize with Jets quarterback Sam Darnold "seeing ghosts":
Call it the Patrick Mahomes injury effect:
Bad injury news for the Lions, who hope to get running back Kerryon Johnson back before their season finale against the Packers:
Questions about the Packers? Don't miss Pete Dougherty's live chat:
Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari devoted his day off Tuesday to a noble cause:
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