Ryan from New Albany, IN
Is Aaron Rodgers OK? I need to know!
That’ll be the No. 1 question of the week, and I doubt any of us will know the answer.
Matt from East Troy, WI
Vic, can you give me perspective? Is this a much better team than 5-6 weeks ago, or are all the breaks falling our way?
I see a team that’s executing to perfection Mike McCarthy’s version of the West Coast offense. I couldn’t have said that during the four-game losing streak. This is a get-it-out-quick, possession passing attack. When an offense executes its design, it looks sharp and rhythmic. That’s how I would describe the Packers offense I saw yesterday. It’s always about the execution.
Bill from Bristol, VA
The NFL says they are serious about reducing the number of concussions players suffer. Why wouldn’t the hit on Richard Rodgers warrant suspension from the game, as it was a clear head shot?
If it had been a college football game, the penalty would likely have been for targeting, which would’ve resulted in the offending player being ejected from the game. I saw a similarly vicious head shot in the Rams-Falcons game, and I was frightened for the player’s well-being as he spent several anxious moments motionless on the turf. In that case, the injured player was the offending player. It won’t surprise me should the NFL adopt a version of the targeting rule.
Bobby from Green Bay, WI
This game was therapeutic to a heart hurt too many times by Seattle.
I’m happy for you but payback isn’t permanent. I have a strong sense these two teams will meet in the postseason, and that game might be played in Seattle. Payback is senseless because there will always be another payback game.
Rob from Buckinghamshire, England
What did you think of the early kickoffs on Sunday? Nearly got the help we needed from the Jags, Bears and Eagles.
I have every confidence the Packers will get the help they need. Though the facts speak otherwise, I believe the Packers control their destiny. I believe three more wins will put the Packers in the postseason.
Dave from Monterey, CA
Great work today, Insiders! You guys said the Packers would need to win all three phases.
The Insiders said that? Wow! That’s genius. Here’s what this Insider thinks: The Packers won the final 3:52.
Jerry from Wilmington, NC
Vic, how much did the Green Bay cold affect all those errant passes and dropped balls by the Seahawks?
I think the cold had an impact. The coldest day is the first cold day.
John from Eau Claire, WI
So is there any update on the playoff picture and what we need to happen?
Focus on the division title. If the Packers win their next two games, the NFC North title will be on the line in Detroit on the final Sunday of the season if the Lions lose at least one of their next two games. They play at the Giants and at the Cowboys. I truly love December.
Jake from Stevens Point, WI
Vic, what did you see? I saw something special.
I saw a red-hot quarterback. When a team has a red-hot quarterback, everybody plays better. You are what your quarterback is, and Aaron Rodgers is on fire.
Patterson from Lynchburg, VA
Vic, if any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I’d like the Seattle Seahawks right here. I want them brought right here, with a big ribbon on their head, and I want to look them straight in the eye and I want to tell them what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, hopeless, heartless, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of stuff they are. Hallelujah! Where’s the Tylenol?
Why do I have a feeling you’ll have another chance to tell them?
Gary from Davenport, IA
Seattle won the Major League Soccer championship on Saturday without a single shot on goal. They won on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie during the game.
I missed it. I was checking the outdoor lights. You know, if one bulb goes out, the whole thing won’t work.
Bill from Sheboygan, WI
What’s the Packers’ identity now?
The Packers’ identity is that of a team on the rise.
George from Mineral Point, WI
In your opinion, should we be risking Montgomery with the load he is now carrying? A severe injury would be devastating.
What? The man has found his niche. Coach McCarthy has created a role for Ty Montgomery and Montgomery’s execution of it has made him a star. This isn’t the time of the year to be safe. Desperation is what makes a team dangerous.
Mike from Algoma, WI
Wow! Hope your December friend keeps it up. What, if anything, surprised you the most?
I was surprised Russell Wilson missed those first two open deep receivers. Those are the passes he throws the best.
Dan from Houston, TX
Fortunate bounces aside, is it too soon to say Mike McCarthy once again has the team playing its best football at the end of the year?
That’s what good coaches do. Their teams always have a higher gear to hit.
Alec from Hamilton, Canada
The Packers were born in the cold, molded by it. Is it a shame to think every home game in December and beyond should be an automatic win?
Not at all, but I was born in the dead of summer, molded by it. I still hate the cold.
James from Plano, TX
So, Green Bay can run the table and win out, finishing at 10-6, and still potentially miss the playoffs this year?
I know, James, and thank you for noticing.
Luke from Ellendale, ND
Vic, how good do you think the Lions really are? Are they a legitimate force to be reckoned with in the NFC, or do you predict they’ll fall flat?
The Lions are getting it done at crunch time. December is crunch time. I respect teams that win in December.
Ben from Madison, WI
I had read every one of your articles since I stumbled upon “Ask Vic” in the 2012 preseason. In that time, you taught me how to take the stress out of football, and have also changed my perspective on the game as a whole. Where I used to only enjoy watching Packers games, I now enjoy watching all NFL games. I attribute it to you. Thank you. How’s life?
The little lights are twinkling.
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