Packers Morning Buzz: Brett Favre dons Tom Brady T-shirt, shows up at Buccaneers home debut
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 Packers icon Brett Favre making a surprise appearance at Tom Brady's first home game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. John Breech of CBSSports.com ponders the cosmic significance of it all:
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't allow any fans to attend their home opener on Sunday, but they did let Brett Favre enter the building. For some reason, the Hall of Fame quarterback decided to head to Tampa for Tom Brady's first home game as a member of the Buccaneers.
The fact that Favre decided to attend this game is kind of interesting and that's because he made some interesting comments about the Buccaneers this week after they lost their season opener to the Saints. During an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio, not only did Favre defend Brady, but he also made sure to point out that Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians should NOT have been publicly criticizing his star quarterback after the 34-23 loss in New Orleans.
"I think the last person you want to call out after the first game of the year is Tom Brady," Favre said Tuesday. "Now, maybe they had a mutual truce going into the game, going into the season, 'Hey, I'm going to be hard on you. I want the guys to know we're going to treat you the same even though technically I'm not, so are you OK with it?' If they have that truce, great. If not, I think you are barking up the wrong tree." ...
Even if Brady does truly feel that way, it's definitely still interesting to see the guy who defended Brady going out of his way to attend Brady's first home game in a week where no other fans were allowed to attend the game.
You can read Breech's entire story here.
The Packers are proving they can beat teams in different ways, writes Tom Silverstein:
Playmaking Aaron Jones showed why the Packers need to pay him, Pete Dougherty writes:
Aaron Rodgers is flashing MVP form, Ryan Wood writes:
After a slow start, the Packers' defense took control, Jim Owczarski writes:
Who could've predicted that Matt LaFleur would win his first eight division games?
LaFleur eans high marks from NBC's esteemed Peter King:
Coach of the Week
Matt LaFleur, coach, Green Bay. Barring the Saints or Raiders scoring in the fifties tonight in Las Vegas, the Green Bay Packers will exit Week 2 as the highest-scoring team in the team in NFL. They’ll do that with one standout wide receiver, a fifth-round running back and a tight-end-by-committee that has combined for four receptions in two games. LaFleuer could have used receiver help in the draft, but what he got was a quarterback project whose presence could have messed up the good chemistry LaFleur built in an NFC North championship season in his rookie coaching year in 2019. But the Pack has scored 43 and 42 in two games, and LaFleur is 16-4 (including playoffs) in his first 20 games piloting this storied franchise. For all those (like me) who thought the Packers’ stay atop the vision would be brief, LaFleur and his team have demonstrated in eight quarters that 2019 was no fluke.
You can find the entire column (including praise for Aaron Jones) here:
Here's the replay of former Packers safety LeRoy Butler analysis session with Silverstein:
The Packers' protest for social justice continued Sunday:
Playing in an empty Lambeau Field was just weird, Richard Ryman writes:
The eerie feeling extended into the local neighborhoods, Kendra Meinert discovered:
The Packers' silent protest for social justice was renewed before Sunday's game:
Putting Jordan Love's first training camp in perspective:
The Packers have experience at key positions but are a young team overall:
The co-leaders (along with the Packers) of the NFC North:
The Vikings laid an egg in Indy:
Defending NFC champion San Francisco has been ravaged by injuries:
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