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Forget about NFC; focus on NFC North

Here's a two-man college game you can play


Brad from Mount Pleasant, MI

If the Packers put up more rushing yards than the Chiefs, do the Packers come out on top?

Probably, and you probably could say that about most games. Football today is first and foremost a passing game, but running the football goes to the will and spirit of a team. That's where you achieve balance, and when you achieve balance, you don't take what the defense gives you, you take what you want.

Robert from Oak Creek, WI

Vic, it seems Starks, Harris and Crockett get through the holes in the line a lot quicker than Lacy. Lacy appears to take too much time to make a decision. Is this something you have noticed?

I can remember covering a game at old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minn. It was right next to the airport and I can remember sitting in the press box and watching planes taking off and noticing 747s appeared to move slower in the air than the smaller planes did, even though I had a feeling the 747s were actually moving faster than the smaller planes. You know what I mean?

Patrick from Ashland, WI

Commissioner Vic, you say there is now too much space. What rules do you tweak to tighten the field?

All defenders must be within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage when the ball is snapped. We need to get defenders running away from the line of scrimmage, instead of running toward it.

Will from Julian, CA

Vic, is Chip Kelly's offense of the future dead?

No-huddle, up-tempo offense, such as the one the Packers used to catch the Seahawks with 12 men on the field? No, it's not dead. It's the offense of the future. Oh, I get it; you're chortling.

Holger from Guayaquil, Ecuador

Best QB ever with just one more ring? What about the ones that have won more?

I need Aaron Rodgers to move into the "multiple winners" category. That's where Tom Brady and a lot of other great quarterbacks live.

Don from Madison, WI

Vic, during your live chat last week you implied the risk of driving a car is equal to or worse than having kids play football. "The time they spend playing football is time they won't spend driving the car." I'm all for letting parents make choices, but informed choices based on facts, not analogies. Do you really believe the high risk that happens when one is hit in football is the same amount of risk a person would crash their car? You can be a very thoughtful person when it comes to life decisions, so I was surprised at what I thought was a flippant answer.

You can blame my father for that opinion. I broke my leg playing football, and the following year my father hesitated giving his consent. My coach came to our house to persuade my father to allow me to play. It was my coach who said the time I would spend practicing football would be time I wouldn't spend driving the family car. My father gave his consent, and he was not a flippant man. I'm not big on kids with cars, either, and it's not just because cars crash, it's also because cars take kids to dangerous places. I would rather my children play football and learn about themselves and their tolerances, than spend that time using a dangerous vehicle as a form of entertainment. Other than the really important stuff, football is the best thing that ever happened to me.

Don from Austin, TX

Vic, I was confused on the challenge of the 12 men on the field. I didn't think you could challenge a penalty that wasn't called?

Do you remember Bill Cowher sticking a picture of 12 men not being on the field in an official's shirt pocket? I think the league didn't want that kind of picture being stuck in its shirt pocket, so it made that situation reviewable either way.

Jack from Concord, MA

Vic, what do you think of power rankings? I see the Packers at the top. I don't feel like players care about that at all, but it seems to put a target on top teams like the Packers or the Patriots.

I love power rankings. The problem is fans take them too seriously. I used to do power rankings, but then the asterisk ruined it and I had to stop. Do you remember "The Bottom Ten"? I mean the old one. I loved that column. It was fun. The Pentagon was No. 1 for years? Army, Navy and Air Force, 4-24, or whatever. How about the University of Texas El Intercepted Paso? Why did we stop having fun?

Noah from Oshkosh, WI

Vic, the NFC looks awfully banged up right now. Who stands out to you as a true contender to the Packers in the NFC?

We need to stop worrying about the NFC and focus our attention on the NFC North. Did you watch that Lions-Vikings game? Coach, the Vikings will hit you. You better buckle up when you play them.

Allan from Guatemala City, Guatemala

Vic, would you describe Jamaal Charles as a finesse back or a pure power back?

He's a power slasher who'll cut back on you. He'll do whatever it takes to get it done. He reminds me of Priest Holmes.

Will from Knoxville, TN

Vic, as I sat in Neyland Stadium this past Saturday, I started reminiscing on all the great players I have had the pleasure of seeing before they went on to great NFL careers. If you could put together a team of NFL players from any era, which program would provide for the best team? I think Tennessee has a good start with Peyton Manning and Reggie White.

There are a lot of great college programs that have fed the NFL for a long time. Here's a better idea for getting an appreciation for those programs. Pick two-man teams; great players only: Michigan, Tom Brady and Charles Woodson. Notre Dame, Joe Montana and Paul Hornung. USC, O.J. Simpson and Troy Polamalu. Florida State, Deion Sanders and Warrick Dunn. Pitt, Dan Marino and Darrelle Revis. Miami, Ray Lewis and Jim Kelly. Alabama, Joe Namath and John Hannah. See how many schools you can do. Kentucky? George Blanda and Randall Cobb. Pick some off-the-wall schools. It's a fun bar game to play with a friend.

Michael from Franklin, MA

Vic, do you think Montgomery can develop into a Dez Bryant type of receiver?

No, I think Montgomery is another Randall Cobb. They're WR/RB/KR, which means they can run after the catch and they can be used in multiple ways. Speaking of offense of the future, that's one of the players of the future. He's a perfect fit for spread-type offense.

Matt from Minocqua, WI

Tom Coughlin said this is a fourth-quarter league. He stated that it's performing at crunch time, when the pressure is on, under the spotlight in the fourth quarter; that is what this league is all about. I couldn't agree more, and last year it proved to be the Achilles heel for the Packers.

It was a problem in one game. The Packers were a wonderful crunch-time team last year. Coach Coughlin knows the NFL has been a crunch-time league for a long time. This is nothing new. If I was a GM who needed to draft my next franchise quarterback, I would put as much of a premium on what a guy does at crunch time as I would on his physical skills. If he's a choker, I don't want him. Aaron Rodgers is a crunch-time quarterback. He got it done at crunch time in the Super Bowl win over the Steelers. With his back to the goal line, Rodgers threw a perfect pass to move the sticks and, as far as I'm concerned, clinch the win. How about the last two games? Was he clutch? No quarterback gets it done all the time, but Rodgers gets it done the vast majority of the time. I've never covered a better quarterback. I'm just waiting for one more title.

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