Ask Vic will publish on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the football season.
Here's the "Ask Vic" Week 3 power rankings:
1. Jaguars -- Bortles joins the surge.
2. Rams -- Two lopsided wins.
3. Patriots -- Wilted in the heat, again.
4. Vikings -- How's life? They can't kick.
5. Eagles -- The Foles thing is over.
6. Bucs -- Saints and Eagles down, Steelers next.
7. Falcons -- Love their roster.
8. Bengals -- Best in the AFC North.
9. Panthers -- Newton doesn't get it done.
10. Chiefs -- Great offense, bad defense.
11. Packers -- Didn't finish.
12. Dolphins -- Impressive start.
13. Broncos -- Ravens will test them.
14. Bears -- On the rise.
15. Titans -- Early showdown in Jax.
16. Cowboys -- Just OK.
17. Ravens -- No longer defensive powerhouse.
18. Saints -- Had to rally to beat Browns.
19. Redskins -- Rodgers will scalp them.
20. Steelers -- Remember when Big Ben was a game manager?
21. Colts -- Luck makes them better.
22. Jets -- Worth watching.
23. 49ers -- Chiefs will test them.
24. Chargers -- Battle of LA!
25. Seahawks -- Look out below!
26. Browns -- Showing some grit.
27. Texans -- O'Brien's seat getting warm.
28. Giants -- Eli, Eli lamma sabachthani?
29. Bills -- Terrible.
30. Raiders -- The autumn wind doesn't want to be a raider.
31. Cardinals -- Perfectly awful.
32. Lions -- Belichick tree produces another dud.
33. Steelers defense -- Chiefs just scored again.
Don from Mascoutah, IL
Vic, I can’t believe it. Has Tomlin lost his locker room, or has the front office failed him? How much time does a coach have to turn it around?
The Steelers have had three coaches since 1969. Mike Tomlin's two predecessors each retired, which means Bill Austin (a Lombardi assistant) was the last Steelers coach on the hot seat. The answer to your question would seem to be "ample time." Has Tomlin lost the locker room? For sure, there's discord, and Tomlin will be judged by his ability to eliminate the distractions and create focus. Comments about Le'Veon Bell need to end. Coach Noll would've said, "Le'Veon who?" just as he said "Franco who?" Do you remember me suggesting in this column last spring Tomlin respond to Bell questions with "Le'Veon who?" He never did. He allowed this to fester and become the distraction it has. As for Antonio Brown, I think he deserves a one-game suspension for his insubordination. That's how you get the locker room back.
Matt from Delafield, WI
The arrow is pointing straight up in Jacksonville. Which way is the arrow pointing in Pittsburgh? Green Bay?
It's pointing down in Pittsburgh and it's pointing up in Green Bay, but the arrow in Green Bay is attached to one man's arm.
Pete from Minneapolis, MN
What do you think of Pat Mahomes?
He's poised and accurate. He plays young and I like that a lot. What I don't know about Mahomes is his ability to throw outside the numbers. The Steelers didn't make him do it. They were so awful on defense they allowed Mahomes to find receivers so open in the middle of the field they were able to catch the ball on the run. The only time in the game the Steelers posed any resistance, after they fell behind 21-0, Mahomes looked ordinary. I want to see him against a real defense.
Isaac from Nashville, TN
Vic, I respect your point about how important football remains to American culture, but everybody I talk to these days (regardless of politics) seems to be right on the edge of giving it up. They dislike everything about the NFL, and they're actively looking for a reason to walk away.
You're preaching to the choir, Isaac. When this player-safety movement began, I cautioned everyone by writing the popularity of professional football wasn't built on safe. I have no doubt the NFL understands as much. They must believe this is something that has to happen for the game to survive. I acknowledge that possibility, but I believe the league is moving too quickly in effecting change. The roughing-the-passer rules have become so frustrating I believe it would be better to allow quarterbacks to spike the ball to avoid a sack.
Dustin from Orlando, FL
Is Antonio Brown worth two first-rounders?
Probably not, but I think you can get a one for him. The Steelers won't do that during the season. It's not how they operate. They don't want to send the message to their fans they've quit on the season, and they don't want to send the message to their players they can demand a trade and be accommodated. A linebacker named Mike Merriweather is the example. He held out and the Steelers didn't trade him until after the season was over. The Steelers might accommodate Brown in the same fashion.
Sean from DeSoto, TX
I've accepted the Matthews call and acknowledge the fact Kendricks had a similar call earlier (that I also didn't agree with). I've accepted those as a wash. What I'm more interested in hearing are your thoughts on the Mike Daniels play in which Cousins was making a throwing motion as he got him in his grasp and let him go, only to have Cousins pull the ball back. Cousin's then ran forward and turned what should have been a sack into a 1-yard gain. What are defenders supposed to do? They're darned if they do and darned if they don't.
They're supposed to do what they're taught and, frankly, I don't think they're being coached well enough to deal with these new rules. Players play and coaches coach, and coaches are responsible for the way players play. Today's NFL defensive players (you know, the bigger, stronger, faster ones) are athletic enough to be capable of adapting to these new rules. Stop complaining and start complying. Learn it, do it!
Craig from Cedarburg, WI
Are the Steelers imploding?
The real problem with the Steelers is a defense that's turned to rot, and that began last season. Why is everyone so surprised now? That defense couldn't stop anybody in the final month of last season. It lost its best player and has yet to replace him. Forget about Bell and Brown. James Conner has replaced Bell nicely and the Steelers have enough talent at wide receiver to move the ball well enough to win games, but they can't win with that defense. What's happened to the Steelers is exactly what happened to the Packers. Too many years of drafting at the bottom of the order has caught up to them. They need to step back in the standings, move up in the draft and find some guys who can run and cover.
Kris from Stockbridge, WI
Vic, it is the loss that got away. I'm OK with that. After two games, do you think Minnesota has found "The Man?"
Kirk Cousins is a significant upgrade from Case Keenum. The Vikings wouldn't have been able to rally for the tie last season as they did last Sunday. I give the Vikings credit for acknowledging that fact and doing what they did. It was a bold move. They needed an upgrade at quarterback. Average quarterbacks don't beat Aaron Rodgers. Is Cousins "The Man?" I'm not ready to say he is, but I won't say he isn't.
Eric from Appleton, WI
The average passer rating in Week 2 was 102.6. It shattered the previous record by nearly 10 points. What will become of this league if the average quarterback plays like Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady?
It's never been easier to play quarterback. Offense sells and every fan wants his team to have a Rodgers or a Brady. Why not let them have one?
Andrew from Peoria, IL
Vic, what do you think of the NFL doubling down on the Matthews and Kendricks hits as how not to tackle a QB?
The league is saying this is the way it is and this is the way it will continue to be. Stop complaining and start complying.
Nick from Water Mill, NY
Vic, any news from back home on your neighborhood? When do you think you can get back there? I remember last year, after the Florida Keys were ripped apart, community members hired a private pilot/plane to fly over and record video and photos to give an indication of what happened in their respective areas. Some even hired drone operators. I know it was a big help in planning for their return. I hope it's not too bad for you. Have a good day.
I returned to my home on Sunday morning. When I left my house, I noticed there was a sea gull feather on my front porch. When I returned, it was still there. I am the victim of premature evacuation.
Tyler from Hull, IA
Vic, what is your take on ties?
I love ties. I have ties hanging in my closet older than my sons. I don't ever throw ties away because they come back in fashion. Someone once remarked my tie looked like a shower curtain. A couple of years later, shower-curtain ties were all the rage. My advice is to just hang the tie in the closet and let it be. You'll be glad you did.
Tim from Sun Prairie, WI
I know you like power running backs. So what will your enduring memory of Eddie Lacy be?
Eddie is a warm and sensitive man stuck in a body built for a game I don't think fits his personality. In that sense, he reminds me of Barry Foster.
Paul from Cumming, GA
Before the season, Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey gave his opinion on a number of NFL QBs. Any chance we might get a similar rundown from Vic? Not necessarily rankings, just a brief take on the players.
Tom Brady -- The best ever. Aaron Rodgers -- The best I've ever covered. Ben Roethlisberger -- Grossly underrated and under-appreciated. Drew Brees -- Best in his size. Eli Manning -- Two games define him. Cam Newton -- Something's missing. Matt Ryan -- Great soft thrower. Carson Wentz -- Best of the new guys. Andy Dalton -- Best of the game managers. Blake Bortles -- Time will tell. Deshaun Watson -- Smooth. Andrew Luck -- Making comeback, but not the same. Marcus Mariota -- Needs to stay healthy or learn to play hurt. Jared Goff -- I need to see more of him. Russell Wilson -- Limited but resourceful. Philip Rivers -- Love his grit. Dak Prescott -- Big and tough. Matthew Stafford -- Good QB on a bad team. Jimmy Garoppolo -- Too soon to know.
Blake from Kettle Moraine, WI
Would a wise man say there is anything that would one day warrant giving up following the NFL?
You're whining. You're blaming the league for your disappointment. If the Packers had won on Sunday, you'd be walking around with a smile on your face and all would be right with the world.