"Ask Vic" will publish on M-W-F through the football season.
Terry from Jasper, IN
Vic, what did you learn about the Packers in Week One?
Nothing I didn't already know: As Rodgers goes, so go the Packers. You can say that about a lot of teams as it relates to the play of their quarterback, but it never rings truer than it does with Rodgers and the Packers. He was the offense and the defense. His management of the game was coach-like. He dinked and dunked, and then he went downfield to make the big play. His command of the game gave the Packers a nearly 23-minute time-of-possession advantage. The Vikings never had a chance to establish the run; they didn't have the ball long enough to do it.
Rich from Phoenix, AZ
Adams and Valdes-Scantling were running wide open all through the Vikings secondary, but was that the young and inexperienced cornerbacks of the Vikings or did Valdes-Scantling display more of his talent?
Only time can answer that question, but I can tell you this: The Packers didn't draft a wide receiver and I have to believe it's because they like what they have.
Nate from Naples, FL
Do the Packers have the offensive line to play LaFleur’s run-heavy game plan?
Power running games are late bloomers. How can you practice running the ball without nine-on-seven or half-line drills? It has to happen in the games. This was just a start.
Owen from Great Falls, MT
I see the Vikings signed Dalvin Cook to a $63 million extension. How soon will that train whistle come for them?
They're staring right into the headlight and, if this keeps up, Mike Zimmer will be the first casualty. This one is on him. He had all summer to prepare his team for an opener of critical importance, and he didn't have his team ready to play. He was pencil-whipped and out-prepared. The Packers were better conditioned and had a better plan. When your head coach is a defense-first guy, 43 points is an embarrassment.
Ryan from Stevens Point, WI
Did you notice any difference in how well the game was played without the preseason versus how it normally looks with the preseason?
The preseason is unnecessary, but we already knew as much. What I saw this weekend was a lot of screens, draws, delays, drags and misdirections. That's not-ready-for-prime-time football, but it's no different than what we had come to expect in any normal September game. Preseason games are a shameless fleecing of the season-ticket holders in places where there's a waiting list to buy tickets.
Lori from Brookfield, WI
Vic, which game did you enjoy most opening weekend?
The Raiders-Panthers game had a lot of intensity to it. I enjoyed it.
David from Maplewood, NJ
Maybe the Jags brass actually has a plan after all. Caldwell got a fifth-round pick for a safety that didn’t appear on the stat sheet while his team was giving up 38 and a second and a fifth for a defensive end who didn’t make the stat sheet while his new team gave up 43. Youngest team in the league is 1-0 and seemed to play a pretty clean game overall. Hmmmmm.
The Jaguars needed a win. They needed to stop looking foolish. As for the Colts, Philip Rivers threw for a lot of yards and lost. It's kind of the story of his career. Yards without winning can poison a team. Frank Reich better nip that in the bud.
Bret from Mililani, HI
What was your first impression of Buccaneer Brady?
His reaction time and anticipation are failing him. The first signs of that were a few years ago when he began sacking himself. Last year, I saw clear evidence of being late on throws. Yesterday, he was sacked as a receiver was coming open over the middle. He couldn't get the ball out of his hand. On that play, he looked like Unitas wearing lightning bolts. It happens. They all get old.
Ben from Alameda, CA
Do you think the fake crowd noise makes the casual fan happier? I felt it was a lost opportunity.
I don't like it. It's fake. It's cheap. Plus, I think the Panthers cranked it up a notch during their fourth-quarter rally. I have often been critical of video-game football, choosing to defend the integrity and charm of the real game. I'm losing the battle.
Eric from Lansing, MI
How bad was the football this weekend?
It was better than I expected, but a lot of the games weren't competitive, which is as I expected. The games I saw were "playbook football," which is to say more about coaches calling plays than players playing above the X's and O's. That will change later in the season.
Casey from York, PA
A chorus of boos for equality and unity. I’m not surprised but I am disappointed. You were right, Vic, race is (somehow) what this election is all about.
At least it's out in the open now.
Mike from Somerset, WI
Vic, I really like the saying it takes all of us. Black Lives Matter sends a message help is needed and why not me? I get it.
Until we make peace with our black brothers, we (as a nation) can never be the best we can be. Peace begins with an apology. We owe them that.
Ben from Phoenix, AZ
What camera do you use for photography, Vic? Nice pic.
It was just the phone. I have more photos. I'll post them. I hope you enjoy them.
William from London, UK
I hate to bring it to Jeff and to everyone else in Jacksonville, but there is now a daily TV show in the UK covering the Jaguars. I think I hear a whistle in the distance. It may be the horn of a trans-Atlantic ocean liner.
That worries me.
Jack from Middleton, WI
What's something you didn't initially care for but later came to appreciate?
Asparagus. I hated it when I was a kid, I love it now. Tastes change. So do attitudes and perspective. Set nothing in stone. Be open to change.
Randall from Ridgeway, WI
Trolls feed on attention and they found a feast among us. They didn't ramp up the garbage because they hate you, but because we rewarded them. Now, some of us are trying to blame the trolls, or you. Nonsense. Trolls exist. We know that, we know what sustains them, and we fed them anyway, We did this to ourselves.
Coach Noll said, "I don't want to get into that head." Don't let them get into yours.
Scott from Chippewa Falls, WI
You say do unto others as you would have them do unto you, Vic? Do you include those who burn down businesses and police stations? Rob and loot stores and private citizens? Do you include those who rape and murder? Do you include a self-anointed Marxist and racist hate group and its terrorist allies? If you support the mobs, BLM and Antifa, then you're not including them, Vic. You're giving them a pass. How long did the riots last in Kenosha? A few days, right up until federal agents and the National Guard showed up. How about Minneapolis? Weeks, but it ended fast when federal agents and the National Guard showed up. How about Portland? Rule of law, Vic. Law and order. Not giving a pass to thieves and terrorists or any racist hate group. Then you can say "do unto others," and "I'm not going to attach my name to something vulgar and hateful." You already have. Anyone who applauds someone publicly (urinating) on the graves of soldiers and police who have given their lives in the line of duty has, and that includes our national anthem. You also have attached your name to an America-hating Marxist racist hate group, BLM. Not my words that make them so, their words.
Scott, I'm worried about you. You're sending me multiple emails a day and they're all over the top. Please come to balance, for your sake.
Ross from L'Anse, MI
What is your opinion of John Huston’s film treatment of the Crane novel?
Audie Murphy was perfectly cast as Henry.
Michael from Milwaukee, WI
Vic, I love when you write about books. I read "The Moon is Down" and "Carlisle vs. Army" because of the discussions of them in your column, and I loved them both. What books are you excited to read next?
I'm currently reading "Jackpot," which is about drug smuggling in the '70's and '80's. Edisto Island is prominent in the book. Edisto's remote creeks were perfect for unloading a boat stuffed with marijuana. After "Jackpot," I've got a couple of Clancy books waiting for me. If you're a baby boomer who lived through the space race, I heartily recommend "Rocket Men" by Robert Kurson. "Apollo 8, Houston," came the voice from mission control. No response; dead air. Several times they called; Apollo 8 was overdue to come into radio contact from its journey around the dark side of the moon and the anxiety was building. I remember it as though it was yesterday. Minutes past; no response. We all feared the worst; all we could do was wait. Then came the response. "Houston, Apollo 8. Burn is complete." The drama was real. "Rocket Men" brings it all back to life.