Ask Vic will publish on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the football season.
John from Cornwall, UK
Firstly, keep safe this weekend. Secondly, do you think the NFC North is the most competitive division this year?
I think the NFC South is the best and most balanced division. I expect the Bears to make the NFC North a better division this year but, after Sunday night's performance, I'm thinking I might've overrated them. They were afraid to give their quarterback the ball. They played scared. That's a red flag. I also found their new head coach to be underwhelming. TV couldn't capture his face. Every time they put the camera on him, all you could see was the top of his hat because his face was buried in his play-call sheet. He was feverishly writing notes, as though he was attending a lecture. How could he have any sense of what was happening to his team if his mind was so focused on one thing, his play-calling? Mike McCarthy calls his own plays but you never see him buried in his play-call sheet. Based on this past weekend's results, I get the sense the NFC North is a Packers-Vikings confrontation.
Nathan from New York, NY
Have the Packers upgraded at backup quarterback?
Does it really matter? I don't think the Packers are a contender without Aaron Rodgers.
Ryan from Billings, MT
Seemed like the Packers offense got in a better rhythm when Rodgers couldn't extend plays looking for a big play. Is he defendable?
If he's allowed to stand in the pocket and find open receivers, I don't think he can be stopped. The problem with not being mobile is it invites the rush. Opponents don't have to worry as much about staying in their rush lanes and maintaining discipline and containment. They can just let it rip. The Packers offensive line is facing increased pressure now. If Rodgers' knee injury has cost him mobility, the Packers' offensive line will have to be better than ever.
Jim from Monroe, WI
Stay safe, Vic. Hope you and yours are out of harms way.
Today's column was extra time-consuming to write due to the flood (no pun intended) of hurricane well-wishes. I'm flattered. Thanks, everyone. I'm writing today's column from Jacksonville. It was home for me for 16 years. I guess I could say "Ask Vic" has returned to the place of its birth.
Dan from Grand Rapids, MI
I was watching multiple videos on how the sports world reacted to 9/11, and thought how wonderful it was sports used to be a source of unity for the American people. It was nice to be reminded of that in today’s charged political climate. I hope one day the anthem issue will be solved and sports can return to being a unifying experience for Americans, rather than something that is used to tear us apart.
Those are all nice thoughts, Dan, but I only want sports to be one thing: a source of joy. I think we're asking sports to be too much. We're asking it to represent our way of life in the Olympics, which is a turn off to me and a big reason I don't watch the Olympics. We invite the world to be our guests and then we shake our fists at them and chant USA, USA. The Ryder Cup has become a taunt fest. NFL fans wear their team's colors as though they were street gangs. All of this, in my opinion, contributes to the angst I sense in today's sporting events. It was never that way when I was young. I wore to the game the same brown coat I wore to school. I felt no angst back then, only joy for being in such a wondrous and joyous place. All I want is the game; no statements, patriotic ceremonies, etc. Just give me the game!
Jeremy from Lethbridge, Canada
It’s been reported the Jets got five picks off the Lions because they knew all the formations and hand signals. If true, does that reflect poorly on Patricia, or does it suggest the Jets did some over-and-above scouting?
Romeo Crennel, Charlie Weiss, Josh McDaniels; is Bill O'Brien next? Football is a very different game when Tom Brady isn't your quarterback.
Ryan from Stevens Point, WI
Is Bill Belichick a better coach or GM?
I think he's the best ever at evaluating and utilizing talent, and that's what makes him a great coach.
Ben from Alameda, CA
Khalil Mack was a highlight reel in the first half of the game, but was neutralized in the second half. I saw a clever play that caused him to cover a running back on a dump-off route, but that seemed like an exception. How did they stop him in the second half when they had no answer to him in the first half?
He was gassed. I wrote last week that getting him trapped on the field might be as good as getting him trapped on the sideline.
Justin from Delray Beach, FL
How difficult is it for a team to overcome going two for eight on a recent (2015) draft class?
The '15 draft was weak leaguewide. We've discussed this drafting issue at great length. In my opinion, drafting near the bottom caught up to the Packers. I will, however, fault them for not drafting T.J. Watt. He was exactly what they needed. Imagine how popular he would've been as a home-grown product. The Packers missed on Watt.
Steve from Montclair, NJ
All seven of the new head coaches lost in Week 1. What does that tell you?
It tells me the new coaches aren't the miracle workers they were expected to be. If you listen to the howl of the wolves, you might get devoured by them.
Vincent from Seattle, WA
Why aren't all 53 players allowed to be active on game day? Do they get paid as well?
That's the number negotiated in the CBA. The owners are afraid more players will result in more specialization. Fan identification suffers. They have to draw the line somewhere. They all get paid.
Mike from North Hudson, WI
Vic, what will the Packers have to do to win this Sunday vs. The Vikings at Lambeau Field?
Protect Rodgers. If they do that, the Packers will win.
Pat from Seneca, SC
What was the biggest surprise for you in the first weekend of the season?
I guess it was the Bucs' win. Otherwise, it was a predictable start. The Browns got six turnovers at home and still couldn't win.
Jeff from Waukesha, WI
Vic, where were you on 9/11? I was in my second grade classroom when our principle came on and announced the news. Our teacher immediately turned on the TV in the room, flipped it to CNN and then, upon seeing the towers, turned it right back off. I'll never forget.
I was filming a video with Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver. There was a TV monitor in the room and as I was asking Wayne a question, I saw his eyes get wide and he said, "Wait a minute." I turned and looked at the monitor and saw smoke billowing from one of the towers. I'll never forget.
Lori from Brookfield, WI
What was the greatest comeback you've seen in a football game?
It was the Packers' second-half rally in Dallas in 2013, and Aaron Rodgers wasn't even the Packers' quarterback that day.