"Ask Vic" will publish on M-W-F through the football season.
Patrick from Indianapolis, IN
Vic, do you feel that was Aaron and the offense have finally put it all together and now it's look out, or do you feel that was he's still capable of a game like that every now and again but don't expect similar going forward?
Neither would be how I would characterize what's happening with the Packers. A few weeks ago I said the Packers are getting on a roll. Well, they're on it. Everything they touch turns to gold, so to speak. They're playing lights out on offense. The ball is rolling their way, the calls are going their way and the schedule is falling their way. Next week, they play a Chiefs team that will be without Patrick Mahomes. Right now, this season has a "this is their year" kind of look to it. The Packers look like a team of destiny. The only negative is the defense is giving up a lot of yards.
Mike from Somerset, WI
Vic, how would you summarize Aaron Rodgers' play so far this year?
Is this one of those Dave Kingman questions. What do I think of Dave Kingman's performance?
Grey from Danbury, CT
The way the Packers are playing, they'll make the playoffs. The way they're running and stopping the run, they won't go deep. At what point do we throw in the towel on the running game?
The Packers have pass-rush specialists at linebacker. I could say "how do you wish to die?" but today's game puts a premium on rushing the passer and that's where the Packers put their money in free agency. The Packers aren't a grunt-style team; they haven't been a run-the-ball, stop-the-run kind of team in the Rodgers era. Eddie Lacy gave them a pound-the-ball quality, but I don't think Rodgers was entirely comfortable with that style of play. This is his kind of team: spread the field and press down the gas on offense, attack and get the ball back on defense. One game shy of the halfway point in the season, I'm getting the sense what I'm describing is and will continue to be the identity of this team.
Min Shik from Seoul, South Korea
I now know why you call him Chatty. Good lord.
It's like inviting one of your co-workers to your house for dinner and then finding out his wife is a non-stop talker. It's an hour after dinner, you've got a headache from her blabbering and you're thinking to yourself, "I wish they would leave."
Jamie from Brooklyn, NY
My question is whether I watch football because I love it or because I don't want to miss the last best thing in the history of the Packers, Aaron Rodgers.
That's an interesting perspective. He's on fire! I think he's the most dominant person in Packers history since Vince Lombardi. His aura is the team's aura. This is his team. There's no question about it.
Brent from Dubuque, IA
If you are a young caddy aspiring to go to college, do you choose to stay put as a caddy for Judge Smails or sub in to help Al Czervik and Ty Webb?
Brent, are you for goodness or badness?
Angelo from California
Bravo to you for the asterisk. Rodgers' comment was the best: "It all evens out." Batters get good and bad calls in baseball, NFL teams get the same. It's absurd to think we'll get perfection, which is why replay is a joke.
He better hope the evening out process doesn't begin until next year, because I've never seen calls fall more one team's way than they're falling for the Packers right now.
Brad from Minneapolis, MN
I grew up in Wisconsin but moved to Minneapolis for school and never left. Do you have any thoughts on this year’s Gophers team?
It plays in the Big Ten West, it beat a Rutgers team on Saturday that has been outscored 207-14 in its Big Ten games, and it won't have to play Ohio State unless Minnesota has the terrible misfortune to win the West and have to face Ohio State in the Big Ten title game.
Stephen from Jacksonville, FL
Would football and football officiating benefit from a rules governing body and adopting a universal set of observed rules for all levels of the game?
The game needs to be overhauled. If you're trying to protect a lead against a team throwing on every down, it's veritably impossible to make it through four downs without committing pass interference, illegal contact, holding, hands to the face or roughing the passer. The game has lost its sense of balance.
Mike from North Hudson, WI
Vic, it appears the Packers offense is starting to get on track after seven games, like you predicted. A while back you also predicted the Packers would be 11- 2 going into the final three games. Has anything surfaced that changes your prediction?
Yeah, Mahomes is out. Bump it up to 12-1.
Mike from Easton, PA
I dont know if it's Aaron or LaFleur but plays, not players is winning so far. I agree with your players logic but it just hasn't translated in this case, Vic.
Phil from Marietta, GA
If a player was forced to choose between putting a great personal performance on tape in a loss or having his team win while he personally struggled, which would he pick?
It's their job, Phil. They must play well or they won't be on the team. It's always about the tape.
Todd from Lexington, KY
How can a franchise like the Bengals expect to have any fan base attending games when the seats are half full with no hope or optimism from the owner/GM to change years of his business plan. He's happily collecting money while not making any effort to improve a sub-par product. Glad to be a Packers fan.
It's great to be great, and humble, too.
Justin from Canton, NC
I’m going to ask and, believe me, I’m trying really hard to temper my expectations: Is this look out?
Please try harder. Chortling goeth before the fall.
Mike from Minneapolis, MN
You are clearly an Aaron Rodgers hater and apparently becoming a Packers hater as well. I don't know if it's because you were fired or what. Ever since the Packers fan base called for McCarthy's head you turned on the Packers fanbase and the Packers. Your fixation on those hands-to-the-face penalties is a joke. The Packers have lost playoff games on bad officiating. I'll heed your advice and quit reading your column. I wonder how long it'll be before you acknowledge McCarthy was the problem and LaFleur is already a better coach than McCarthy had been the last four seasons.
I guess you'll never know. It's probably for the best.
Mark from Eau Claire, WI
Packers Super Bowl? Why not get hype?
David from Fleetwood, PA
If the Lions are not true division contenders, is this division race over? I happen to think it's still within reach of all of the teams.
The Lions will be toast,
before the big roast.
The Bears will say their goodbyes,
before the snow flies.
The Vikings and Packers are the teams to beat,
the last two weeks will be a real treat.