"Ask Vic" will publish on M-W-F through the football season.
Here are my all-important Week Two power rankings:
1. Seahawks -- Jamal Adams makes a difference.
2. Ravens -- Picked up where they left off.
3. Chiefs -- Statement win over Texans.
4. Packers -- Impressive start.
5. Saints -- Defense looks fast.
6. Rams -- New and improved Goff.
7. Titans -- Big boy football.
8. Cardinals -- Got it done at crunch time.
9. Bills -- Arrow pointing straight up.
10. Steelers -- Big Ben looked youthful.
11. Bears -- Trubisky comes to life.
12. Raiders -- Carr has weapons.
13. Patriots -- Newton used his legs.
14. Cowboys -- Defense is going to be a problem.
15. Bucs -- Brady looks old.
16. 49ers -- Hung over?
17. Vikings -- Weren't ready to play.
18. Jaguars -- Minshew made big plays.
19. Texans -- Under-achievers still.
20. Panthers -- Lots of energy.
21. Broncos -- Lock is the future.
22. Colts -- Pass, pass, pass.
23. Giants -- They're going to win some games.
24. Dolphins -- Tanking again?
25. Browns -- Is Mayfield "The Man?"
26. Chargers -- They got lucky.
27. Bengals -- Burrow good in the clutch.
28. Washington -- Showed grit.
29. Eagles -- Arrow pointing straight down.
30. Lions -- The beat goes on.
31. Falcons -- Old and bad.
32. Jets -- Trade Bell.
Adam from Denver, CO
Did you see some of the latest research coming out of Pitt?
This could be the cure, not just a flu shot with limited effectiveness, but a Salk-like cure.
Scott from Chippewa Falls, WI
Hi, Vic, Scott from Chippewa Falls, Wisc., again. My name isn't Scott and I'm not from Chippewa Falls, but that's not important. What is would be the state of the country. I am a history buff, both American and world. All of my perspectives are based in history. You do not seem to appreciate other viewpoints, as most liberals do not. As the great William F. Buckley said to paraphrase off the top of my head: "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other viewpoints, but then are shocked, disgusted and offended to discover there are other viewpoints." I know I'm not going to change anyone else's viewpoint, but I would hope you're not indoctrinated to the point where you can't consider and give appreciation to them. This is my last comment directly to you. I wish you well. You don't seem to appreciate them. I should say it's my last comment that isn't strictly related to the Green Bay Packers or football in general. You may hear from me strictly on that basis!
I think that's a good idea because this is getting kind of cuckoo.
Grant from Wauwatosa, WI
Vic, no crowd noise at Minnesota, no crowd noise at New Orleans, and Atlanta and Detroit teams that are re-tooling. What a way to open the first quarter of the season! The Matt Lafleur Packers continue to be a charmed team.
It happens that way, and then all of a sudden a team's luck turns bad. It's a reminder to us this is a game, not a science.
Kevin from Eau Claire, WI
What did Pete Carroll mean when he said, "We followed economics and rich white guys making money, and they put together a system of slavery, and we've never left it, really. It's never gone away. The really amazing thing I've learned is black people know the truth. They know exactly what's going on. It's white people that don't know. And it's not that they're not telling us. They've been telling us. We know what's right and what's wrong. We just have not been open to listen to it."?
He means we need to change.
Jamie from Thunder Bay, Ontario
Vic, which Rodgers will we see this Sunday, the one that did it all against the Vikings, or the one with the curl?
I don't remember many curls. He is one of the most consistently productive quarterbacks in NFL history. Against the Vikings, he showed a commitment to dumping the ball, moving the sticks and controlling time of possession. For a team challenged on defense, that's huge. I think we're going to see more of that this Sunday.
Eric from Lansing, MI
Do talents like Brady, Favre and Unitas have to suffer bad years in order to break their attachment to football? Or are they smiling all the way to the bank?
There was no bank and no smiling for Johnny Unitas.
Robert from St. Paul, MN
Vic, any initial thoughts on what you saw from the Cowboys in their first game under Coach McCarthy?
Defense is going to be the problem. The back end is bad and the linebacking is worse. The offense, however, can become special. Sound familiar?
Eric from Green Bay, WI
Vic, do you subscribe to The Athletic? The author sat down with unnamed coaches and evaluated all of Rodgers’ incompletions in 2014 and 2019. The author and coaches found Packers receivers left 1,200-plus yards and 15 TDs on the field in 2019, compared to half those numbers in 2014. What does this say to you?
We need that kind of over-analysis to know the Packers' receiving corps was better in '14 than it was in '19?
Kevin from Jacksonville, FL
Gardner Minshew took care of business on Sunday, however, my eyes tell me they schemed well and successfully hid his flaws against a weak Colts defense. My heart says he is "The Man" and he proved it on Sunday. Do my eyes or my heart betray me?
The Jaguars could draft quarterbacks in the first round each of the next five years and not find a guy the equal of Minshew. All of the indicators are good, but why rush to judgement? There's no need to proclaim he's "The Man." Time will do it.
Steve from New Britain, CT
Did Coach McCarthy cost the Cowboys the game by passing up the field goal?
I think he should've kicked, but there's no guarantee the Cowboys would've won the game. He was criticized for being too conservative in the 2014 NFC title game, now he's being criticized for being overly aggressive. Just win, baby.