Adrian from Inglewood, CA
Flat after a bye. The wolves howl for Urban.
Shad Khan is said to be "all in" on Meyer. Why? What does Khan see he likes? A win in London over the downtrodden Dolphins? Does Khan know anything about owning a football team beyond Lot J? The Jaguars' arrow is pointing down, and Trevor Lawrence is halfway through an unremarkable rookie season.
Bob from Pittsburgh, PA
How'd you like the Steelers-Browns game?
It was an AFC North classic, defined by a kicker getting knocked out of the game with a concussion. Mike Tomlin stood along the sideline, stared at the field and willed his team to win. Kevin Stefanski buried his face in his play-call sheet and scored 10 points. The crowd dressed up as ghouls, or maybe not. Ben Roethlisberger, the old man everybody wanted to bench a few weeks ago, is now 25-2-1 in regular-season games against the Browns. He threw the game-winner yesterday. Big Ben (37) passed Drew Brees to move into third place in fourth-quarter comebacks, behind only Tom Brady (41) and Peyton Manning (43). Big Ben (49) is behind only Brady (50), Brees (53) and Manning (54) in game-winning drives. Baker Mayfield played valiantly with a left-shoulder injury and was sacked four times. T.J. Watt made another visit from outer space and collected 1.5 sacks, a tackle for a loss, a fumble recovery and three quarterback hits. Myles Garrett arrived at the game in a costume -- or maybe not -- got one sack, two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits, but failed to rip off any helmets and hit players with them. I muted Chatty and very much enjoyed the game.
Grant from Honolulu, HI
Aloha, Vic! Ravens at Heinz Field in December. Seats still available and flights still cheap. Buy now?
You seem bound and determined to do it, so go ahead, but you don't wanna be wearing your short pants, if you know what I mean.
Jack from Chicago, IL
I know there's a loud segment of Packers fans who may be chortling or miffed by your proclamation of their luck. Would you rather be lucky or good in the NFL? Obviously, you have to be both to win in it all in the Super Bowl era.
The best team I ever covered got two lucky breaks to win Super Bowl XIII.
Giuseppe from Parma, Italy
Vic, are the Packers lucky or do they simply make (fewer) mistakes than their opponents? In the '60's, many said the Lombardi Packers were lucky. They were not. They simply executed and made (fewer) mistakes than, say, the Bears. Luck has to do with a bounce, blown call, a wind gust, etc.
A lot of people thought Don Chandler missed that kick; that the Packers were lucky it was called good.
Dan from Green Bay, WI
Vic, I admire your thoughts greatly, but suspect you're getting plenty of uncomfortable feedback about your lucky Packers response. Did you get as many outraged responses as I suspect? Your answer seemed lazy to me. I hope Packer nation kept their responses respectful, but fear not.
Thanks for your sincere concern. Yes, there were many outraged responses. Vic nation stands by what was written. The simple truth for those who embrace it is the Packers and their fans are more than lucky to have avoided a devastating collapse, another painful Seattle-like moment. Be careful, folks. Pride goeth before the fall.
Maxwell from Milwaukee, WI
Glass half full. Learn from all those times we came up short, right?
My perspective would be this is what can happen when you don't finish the game. The Packers were dominant all night long but they didn't finish with the ball at point-blank range. In my opinion, the delay-of-game and fourth-down play were too much scheme and too much finesse. It's a recurring theme.
Charlie from Brookings, OR
Vic, I love the subtle edge to your column. I even enjoy the edge of the readers. You have convinced pounding the rock, even in (or perhaps especially) in today's game, is absolutely necessary. You've never had to convince me receivers are a dime a dozen; that starts at middle school playground. This is not a snarky question, but are the Packers a better team without a guy like Davante Adams?
Better? No, but what's their record without him, 7-0? He's not a candidate for MVP.
Jared from Rigby, ID
Vic, what incentives or likely to be earned terms are put into contracts for offensive linemen?
Play time, Pro-Bowl.
Jamie from LaGrangeville, NY
How great of a loss is it Tonyan is now out for the season?
Tonyan is a Rodgers creation. New clay will emerge.
Marcus from Superior, WI
How consistently must a team win for it not to be considered luck?
You truly are from Superior, aren't you?
Daniel from Varna, Bulgaria
The Cardinals should never, ever wear that uniform combo again. They just look like little people wearing big helmets. It doesn't look like NFL players on the field.
They looked like Lilliputians.
David from Rochester, MN
The trade deadline is fast approaching and I'm seeing articles for potential trades involving the Packers. If you were to put on your GM hat, what trades would make sense for each of the three teams you cover?
The Jaguars don't need more picks and one player isn't going to make a difference this season. They need to stand pat and develop the team and the young talent on it. The Steelers and Packers interest me as potential trade partners. Melvin Ingram could help the Packers and the Steelers are likely to need extra draft capital to move into position to draft a quarterback.
T from Milwaukee, WI
Rodgers mentioned Dillon has improved significantly regarding cuts on the field. Have you seen his feet improve or are you still unimpressed?
His feet are light enough to find the hole. That's all he needs to do because he's a pure power back, and the Packers have long had great need for that kind of back in short-yardage situations. Dillon is also a perfect complement to Aaron Jones in a thunder and lightning kind of way. Do you want me to tell you Dillon has Barry Sanders' feet? Sorry. Dillon broke the line of scrimmage and had one guy to beat on Thursday night, and the tackler cut him down. For all of the celebration of the Packers' ability to run the ball on Thursday, Jones and Dillon combined for only 137 yards, but they were the best kind of yards, which is to say a consistent 4.4 yards a carry. That's how you move the sticks, control tempo and dominate time of possession. That's power football, and you're not running the ball unless you run it with power. Thursday night, the Packers did.
Jason from Austin, TX
Vic, on the goal line delay of game at the end, how does that happen? Who shoulders the blame there?
LaFleur gets the blame. Based on what I saw, the Packers were trying to get into some kind of over-schemed formation that split the tight end, Deguara, out to the right. He appeared to be confused and was slow getting into position. Too much scheme, too much finesse. They were trying so hard to trick the Cardinals they ended up tricking themselves.
Ben from El Paso, TX
Thank you for continuing to speak truth to Nutsville.