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David from Seattle, WA
Sticking your neck out and picking the Packers; like the guts! I hope the readers don’t pounce on you if you're wrong. I feel your picks add value to your thoughts. Everyone knows a person can’t always be right so, people, don’t jump down Vic’s throat if he isn’t this Sunday.
Blame me for losing? OK, I'm changing my prediction. The Packers are going to lose. The 49ers are going to wipe their feet on the Packers, mock them, laugh at them as they slink away in defeat. Feel better now?
T from Milwaukee, WI
It's weird, but after reading your column nearly every day since 2011, I feel like you're one of my friends, too. I just wish I could argue with you in person. Ever going to setup another meet and greet?
We could do it under my house. The mosquitoes would love some fresh meat.
Josh from Jacksonville, FL
So this week Mark Lamping said, “To sit back and say winning is going to cure everything -- not in this market." He also said it's possible two home games would be played in London. Vic, you wrote back in November a London team would be based in Florida and (could) play games in a two-home, two-away routine between London and the U.S. Obviously, there are still a lot of moving parts to make a move to London, but red flags should be waving for Jaguars fans. Shad Khan is already on record stating there is "limited demand" for football in Jacksonville. You're right, the owner is the steward of the franchise and Khan has made it clear what he wants long term.
Would a four-and-four, shared-franchise plan be a bad thing? A connection to London would drive a lot of growth in Jacksonville. Think about it.
Kevin from Whitehall, WI
"The shame that goes with that kind of performance goes to the soul of a team and can require purging.” Is this what the Packers experienced after the 2014 meltdown vs. Seattle and it just took four years to come to fruition?
It's possible the seeds of discord were planted that day.
Nate from Pueblo, CO
The Packers have struggled against teams that can rush with four and cover with seven. What’s different about the Packers now that’ll get them to overcome this vs. the 49ers?
You can't cover with seven against a team that can run the ball; opponents didn't cover with seven when Eddie Lacy was at the peak of his game. Rush four, drop seven is what a defense does against a one-trick pony, as the 2011 Packers were. I remember opponents playing single-high safety to stop Lacy. The Packers can run the ball. It's not what they want to do, but they do it often enough and well enough to make defenses respect it. The 49ers will be forced to keep their linebackers at the line of scrimmage; no deep drops.
Patrick from Indianapolis, IN
Vic, besides having them ready to play and helping them believe they can win, what's the most important thing Matt Lafleur can/will do for his team in preparation for the upcoming game against San Francisco?
Coach LaFleur has done a wonderful job of managing his football team. He's stayed in the background and allowed success to happen naturally. He was gifted a rebuilt roster and a great quarterback and he was smart in avoiding confrontations. He hasn't over-coached. A lot of coaches would've tried to put their stamp on this team; he didn't make that mistake. He allowed Aaron Rodgers to put his stamp on this team. It's similar to what Jim Lee Howell did with the Giants of the '50's. LaFleur turned the defense over to Pettine (Landry) and the offense to Rodgers (Lombardi) and intelligently assumed a low profile.
Travis from Tampa, FL
Regardless of Cowher's record and accomplishments, I'll always remember him as the idiot who wanted to tackle Chris Hudson.
Travis, he wasn't trying to tackle Hudson, he was merely making a gesture that expressed his frustration. In all of my years doing this column, the thought Bill Cowher might actually try to tackle Hudson following the blocked field goal attempt and touchdown return is, without a doubt, the most idiotic notion expressed to me, and you're just one of many who've done it. It explains how vulnerable fans are to being fooled.
Matt from Georgetown, TX
Vic, I'm a little too young to remember much of the Chargers under Don Coryell, but I was surprised he isn't in the Hall of Fame. Why do you think he hasn't made it?
They never won a title. They choked every time they had a chance. The worst example of it was in 1979. The Oilers went into San Diego without Earl Campbell and Dan Pastorini, and then "Air Coryell" turned into "Interception Coryell" as Dan Fouts threw five of them and the Chargers began their tradition of losing the big one.
Jack from Chicago, IL
Vic, lately I have seen a lot of complaining, chortling and attempts to call you out. Has it always been that way or has it gotten worse? To be honest, it's driving me nuts. I dont always agree with you or like your opinions, but that doesn't give me the right to be a jerk.
I don't like it, either, because I don't want this column to turn into point-counterpoint. Healthy debate is good, but the comments section is intended for that. If you don't like what I've written, go into the comments section and say I don't like what Vic has written.
Lenny from Rexdale, Canada
The opposing QB has only had a higher passer rating than Rodgers three times this season: against Philly, against the Chargers and against SF. Green Bay lost all three of those games! The Packers still go as Rodgers goes.
That's why I had previously believed the Packers would win this game. I still think Rodgers will outplay Garoppolo, but now I think the 49ers will win the game.
Andrew from La Crosse, WI
At some point during the LSU-Clemson game I became aware of how many pairs of khakis and matching jackets were roaming the sidelines. These top-level football programs are getting monstrous.
If you're a college football fan and you want to enjoy the game for its true intent, please read "Carlisle vs. Army." It's about pure confrontation. It's about a genuine cultural divide. It's about one man's vision and how he launched the game's popularity as we know it today. It's about Wounded Knee and our shame. It's about the innocence of competition, which doesn't exist today. I don't know what college football can do to fix itself, but it can begin by reading "Carlisle vs. Army."
Geoff from Beaver Dam, WI
Any thoughts on Luke Kuechly?
I think tanking for Trevor has begun.
Dan from Madison, WI
What is your favorite NFL playoff memory from this century and the last?
The "Immaculate Reception."
Gabor from Budapest, Hungary
Vic, if you are Jerry Jones, what do you prefer, giving an extension to Dak Prescott or signing Tom Brady?
Gabor, I'd give a contract to Duck Hodges before I'd sign Brady. It's a young man's game. Seriously, I think Prescott can become an elite quarterback. He just needs coaching. He'll get it now.