"Ask Vic" will publish on M-W-F through the regular season.
Steve from Lake Stevens, WA
Vic, do you think we can glean anything from this game?
I'm going to avoid attaching too much importance to what I saw last night. It was an important road win against the team to beat in the NFC North. It'll count two at the end of the season, when tiebreakers become as important as win-loss records. That's where I'll stop because I didn't think either team was ready to play a game of that importance. It was bad football.
Stern from Cedar Rapids, IA
Was that an enjoyable game for you?
No. It was, yet, another example of a rivalry that seldom seems to be the equal of its hype.
Daniel from Johnson, IA
That wasn't the sort of game that's popular these days, but I can't say I'm complaining about getting to watch good defense and special teams in Week 1. Of course, Aaron completed his end zone pass when he needed to, but what other differences did you see in the QB play?
Trubisky is beginning to appear as though he has a low ceiling. He doesn't have the look of a quarterback who can become elite. There's nothing sudden or special about him.
Drew from Woodinville, WA
How much of the Packers’ defensive triumph was just the Bears’ offense struggling?
The Packers defense is for real. The secondary is exceptional.
Marty from Louisville, KY
Penalties and punts. What are your thoughts on the fifth preseason game last night?
I'm kind of angry that after making fans endure four preseason games, the Bears and Packers gave us that dud of a football game.
Kale from London, Canada
Something has been said about silk sheets. With that, is your immediate reaction the Cowboys made the right move in regards to Elliott's contract?
It's silk pajamas and he's wearing them. Now, will he get out of bed? We'll see.
Shawn from Kissimmee, FL
What do you think about the Jared Goff contract?
He's "The Man." Once you pick him, you gotta pay him.
David from Calistoga, CA
Vic, what impressed you the most about the Packers defense?
The Packers finally have a fast defense. Brian Gutekunst has done an outstanding job of retooling the Packers defense. It runs to the ball.
Chad from Kansas City, MO
In regards to the Chiefs and Jags, the heat index this week in Kansas City was 116 with about 90 percent humidity. Remember, in the Midwest it's not the heat, it's the humidity. It's just different here.
Got it. The forecast for Sunday in Jacksonville is for it to be sunny and 98 degrees. I'm guessing it'll be a little on the sticky side, too. The Chiefs will be wearing red and positioned on the sun sideline. Coming out of a warm week of work will help them, but if the forecast holds true, they're going to feel heat and humidity they have never previously felt. It'll likely be one of the top storylines in this game. The formula for victory for the Chiefs, in my opinion, is get a lead early and try to nurse it into the fourth quarter. At that point, all the Chiefs will want is a burger and an aisle seat.
James from Jenkintown, PA
How can the Rams sustain their spending? Seems like the whole team has ballooning contracts.
The Rams will restructure contracts and push money out to make cap room, and that'll worsen the cap outlook for a team that's spent recklessly, especially at non-premium positions. I can only think of one high-dollar player on their roster who is worth the money they're paying him. Rams management hasn't impressed me since they've been in Los Angeles.
Dru from Lehi, UT
So the Kizer trade doesn't look so good now. Why do you think the Packers were so eager to give up on Randall and Kizer so quickly?
Randall was part of a housecleaning. Kizer lost in an open competition. New brooms sweep clean. There'll be more changes.
Nick from Owego, NY
How much does coach Vic expect from a No. 1 overall QB pick in his first year?
I expect him to prove to me he's the player I projected. The Cardinals will know whether they picked the right guy. The stats won't tell them; their eyes will.
Tim from Sun Prairie, WI
“We’ve given him all the freedom,” LaFleur said on Monday. “So, if he sees something, he’s got the green light to do whatever he needs to do to get us into a good play. We’re not going to take that from him.” Is LaFleur showing weak leadership qualities or adapting his scheme to put his team in the best position to win?
I don't think LaFleur is displaying a lack of leadership. I think he's strategically demanding accountability from his quarterback. No more complaints or sideways looks about the plays being called. They're Rodgers' plays now.
Ben from Chicago, IL
You've said scheme teams win early in the season and lose late in the season. Have the Packers become a scheme team?
What I said was plays can win early, players win late in the season. A lot of teams rely on scheme early in the season, when execution is lacking, but I didn't see an abundance of scheme from either team in last night's game. I thought it was vanilla football. The Packers won because they ran to the ball on defense.
Bill from Sheboygan, WI
What did you do for Dorian?
I moved the ball back in my stance.