"Ask Vic" will publish on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the football season.
Jonathan from Hednesford, England
Any chance you can publish in time for elevenses here in the UK?
I'm sorry, that's just too early. How about for twelvesies?
Brian from Kingston, NY
Did we learn anything about the Packers defense yesterday or did we simply overwhelm a struggling rookie QB in his second-ever start?
The Bills went into yesterday's game as the No. 31 offense in the league, so I think we have to temper our enthusiasm a little bit. Sunday's game at Detroit will tell us more about the Packers defense. Matt Stafford is several levels above Josh Allen's play grade.
Timothy from New York, NY
Interesting postgame press conference with Aaron, didn't you think? After having missed several of his throws throughout the game, you'd think a guy might show some humility and take some accountability. Instead, he seemed to lambast the game plan.
There's a little bit of Antonio Brown in all star players, and I'm OK with it because football is an edge game. It's a game best suited for competitive people and Aaron Rodgers is one of the most competitive players I've ever covered. There's a difference between being competitive and being contentious, and that's where the line has to be drawn. I don't think he crossed that line.
Bob from Beaver Dam, WI
Vic, looks like the pass rushers are figuring it out.
I watched a lot of games yesterday and every game featured a lot of batted down passes, strips and reloads. The ball has become the trophy. Go for the ball, not to the body.
Pete from Minneapolis, MN
Did you see Matt Damon on Saturday Night Live?
I watched the skit on my news app. Comedy is therapeutic.
Griffin from Rolling Meadows, IL
After four games, what is your opinion on the Mack signing?
Khalil Mack is a difference maker for the Bears, especially if Mitchell Trubisky can be the same on offense.
Tim from Peshtigo, WI
Do you really think all the complaints about the fouls are just whining about a team not winning? I just watched Conner of the Steelers throw a clean block and get a personal foul and I turned the channel. I want the Steelers to lose but not by the refs. Call me a whiner or a moaner; they ruined a beautiful game. Stop blowing with the wind, Vic, and stand against this.
I didn't understand the penalty against James Conner, but I'm a whipped dog who's lost his bark. If they penalized a player for having bad breath, I wouldn't complain because it would just be another penalty in a procession of them. I've come to accept that each play will be nullified by a penalty, and then TV will detail the infraction in the replay. It's crime and punishment, and I'm just one of the sheep who sits in front of the TV like a mindless boob who has nothing better to do with his time. I returned from a beautiful kayak ride to the beach yesterday in time to waste the remainder of the day watching penalty flags and bad football. My time would've been better spent gathering sea shells. There it is; feel better?
Pat from Seneca, SC
What is your assessment of the Packers running backs?
I don't see a star but collectively they can give the Packers enough of a running game to make opponents believe the Packers don't want to throw the ball on every down, which would be a lie, of course.
Mike from North Hudson, WI
Vic, the Packers have completed the first quarter of the season at 2-1-1. What are your thoughts for the second quarter?
The next four games are a daunting stretch of schedule. Three of them are on the road. Sunday's game in Detroit is big, not only because it's an NFC North game, but because a loss to the Lions could leave the Packers in a bad way at midseason, with games at the Rams and at the Patriots capping the next quarter of the season. Meanwhile, the Bears' schedule is very favorable. They play at an overrated Miami, and they finish the second quarter of the season against the cupcake Jets and Bills. The Packers have to shift into high gear or they could lose touch with the Bears. The Vikings are in the same position.
Rick from El Cerrito, CA
Trubisky looked good in the highlights I watched. What do you think of his performance? Are the Bears reaching watch out level?
He's growing. If he's for real, so are the Bears.
Samuel from Jacksonville, FL
Is the talent gap in the NFL larger than ever or smaller than ever? It seems like half the games are going to overtime and the other half are blowouts.
Parity has never been greater. What we saw yesterday was the final week of a preseason that's been moved to September for starters. August is the rookie season, September is the starters' preseason, and the regular season begins this week. By and large, the games yesterday were awful. A lot of perfectly good penalty flags were wasted on bad football.
Jon from Green Bay, WI
I agree with everything Aaron said after the game. Should he have said it?
He wants to assert himself as a vocal leader. It's a difficult task because words don't impact everyone the same way. In this case, he was calling out his coach. I promise you, Mike McCarthy can take it. He's accustomed to being called out by the fans.
Greg from Cuenca, Ecuador
You called it on the Bears five months ago! Nice.
High picks and an empty cap are a winning formula.
Derek from London, UK
Vic, not a question, just a thank you to your compatriots for playing the hapless Tiger in every game no matter how appalling his Ryder Cup record.
USA, USA, USA.
Kirsten from Madison, WI
How do you explain Packers and Vikings tie, Vikings lose big to Buffalo, Packers shut out Buffalo the following week? Is it just any given Sunday or do you detect some real differences between the Packers and Vikings as we head into quarter two of the season?
I don't feel the need to explain bad football. I just do my duty and sit and watch it so I can go to bed.
Carl from Mount Horeb, WI
It’s probably about halftime and I’m watching Animal Planet. I’m not whining, just voting with my remote control and hoping enough votes like this are cast to send a message to the NFL they have a problem they need to fix before they end up like NASCAR has.
Is Mount Horeb a metered market? You're being silly, Carl. Now, I want you to sit down in front of the TV like the sheep you are and watch bad football all day, instead of doing something meaningful and feeling a sense of accomplishment. When you go to bed on Sunday night, I want you to feel the strong sense of disgust all sheep should feel in the fall.
Grady from Calgary, Canada
So, Vic, will you admit you were wrong about Mack?
May I wait until I know who the Bears didn't pick with the draft picks they lost, or until Mack blows out his knee and his dead money is smeared all over the Bears' future caps?
John from Jacksonville Beach, FL
Why was Greg Jones' running career limited to one half of football in 2005 vs. the Steelers, subbing for an injured Fred Taylor ? He was big and powerful and he punished the Steelers that afternoon.
Had it not been for a torn ACL in college, Greg might've been the first running back selected in the 2004 draft. Then, after recovering from the ACL and appearing as though he was going to be the running back he was prior to the ACL injury, Greg tore the other one. That was pretty much the end of his career as a runner and the beginning of his career as a fullback. Greg is one of my all-time favorite players. He's a wonderful man who was cursed by injury, but he never complained or stopped smiling.
Steve from Lake Stevens, WA
If you were an edge rusher in today's NFL, how would you tackle a quarterback?
From the ball down.