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Inbox: He doesn't seem to get rattled

The Packers stayed in command

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CB Eric Stokes

Kirsten from Madison, WI

OK, we forgive them for NOLA. We are a fickle crew.

And the Saints are 2-2.

Jeremiah from Madison, WI

Alright, who broke a mirror? After two years of decent injury luck, suddenly we've taken a sharp turn otherwise.

And how. They keep piling up, and the Packers have a lot to navigate. Nobody is going to feel sorry for them, though. Adversity breeds opportunity. That's how the players have to view it.

Mergjan from Sheboygan Falls, WI

How much does Rashan Gary bench? His sack was a great display of power. Basically brought the lineman and QB down at the same time. Wow.

He's a strong, powerful man. Gary's pursuit down the line of scrimmage in the run game is impressive, too. It's good to see him being rewarded for his non-stop effort.

Scott from Salem, OR

Revised simple math equation: Addition of Randall Cobb equals less pressure to find Davante Adams on third down.

Some defenses will succeed at limiting Adams' impact. Aaron Rodgers emphasized it again Sunday, working the middle of the field is a "feel" or "knack" thing, and that's why he wanted Cobb back.

Carolyn from Minneapolis, MN

Living in Minneapolis, after the Vikings game (also on CBS), the CBS station up here, instead of going directly to the Packer game (premier game of the week with Nantz and Romo) gave us "bonus coverage" of the Titans-Jets game which went INTO OVERTIME, so we missed the entire first quarter of our game. Do you think it's our local CBS station that hates us Packer fans, or the national network? Boy, do I hate living in enemy territory!

From the messages I was getting from live blog readers (and in Inbox as well), it sounded like only the Green Bay/Milwaukee and Pittsburgh markets got the game from the start. The rest of the country was watching Titans-Jets in OT. I don't think I've ever seen FOX do that with its national 3:25 p.m. CT game. That seems counterproductive to choosing a matchup like Steelers-Packers for a national game.

Bob from New Britain, CT

We did it Mike! First regular-season victory over Steelers since 1995! So now which opposing team has given us the longest victory drought?

The Colts. Not since 2008.

Al from Green Bay, WI

One of the stats that jumped out to me – nine third-down conversions! To what do you attribute this success? Reasonable down and distance? Great pass protection? Something else?

Rodgers' trust in Cobb and the pass protection were the two biggest factors in my eyes. Going 9-for-15 on third down can win a lot of games.

Aaron from Scottsdale, AZ

That was a great win, though not especially pretty, and the offense wasn't the well-oiled machine we have come to expect. But plays were made at the right times and it always felt they were in total control, especially with the defensive effort, which was also great to see. I feel wins like this are vital to fortifying a team's confidence to get the job done when they aren't always playing their A game. No. 28, 52, and 21 all impressed me, great for depth. And how about No. 18!

I thought the defense's response to giving up the early TD was outstanding. The Steelers weren't able to use the opening score to establish any rhythm or control. Seven possessions, three points after the opening drive. The offense definitely left some opportunities out there, but outscoring Pittsburgh 27-3 through the middle portion of the game was impressive, even if it didn't necessarily look it. The Packers stayed in command.

Ferdinand from Woodbury, MN

When is a player offside? Is it as soon as any body part breaks the line of scrimmage plane or when their foot hits the ground?

Once any part of the body is in the neutral zone.

Bill from Raleigh, NC

Hi II, how sore is our defense trying to tackle Harris? Gosh, he was tough to bring down. How is Jaire Alexander?

Harris is going to be a tough customer in this league for a while. Mike Garafolo from NFL Network reported it's an AC joint injury to Alexander's shoulder with further evaluation coming.

Doug from Neenah, WI

Good morning, Insiders. Saturday's MT5 was both eye-opening and disappointing. Does your Inbox get that same type of bitter criticism from readers? C'mon folks, it's only a game so let's keep it fun!

Oh, there's plenty of it. Wes and I just choose not to give rude, ignorant blowhards a mass media platform. Mark's column is once a month, and some of that criticism is pointed directly at him. He's the boss and will deal with it as he sees fit. If Wes and I allowed that sort of discourse to be acceptable six days a week, plus in my live interactions (chat, blog), it would be a drag on our column and website as a whole. We appreciate the vast majority of readers who keep it civil.

Robert from South St. Paul, MN

So obviously this team can hit the gas when it needs to, but it seems to let off it when it shouldn't. Without sounding greedy, after five consecutive scoring drives, it felt like it should have been a blowout. Injuries is a big reason, but we were still the much better team.

I don't think it was injuries. I do think the Packers were clearly the superior team. But Aaron Jones fumbled inside the Pittsburgh 40-yard line. If that doesn't happen, it does become a blowout.

Brian from Moncks Corner, SC

Dillon had a bunch of carries today for the first time this year. How did he stack up?

I thought he ran with power and decisiveness. He looks far more comfortable in the offense this year. He's no longer feeling his way.

Darren from Wakefield, MI

Couple of coulda shoulda on both teams. Great game. Thought the OL played well. What you see as the best upside of the team play?

On offense, the ground game. The Packers had a couple of explosive runs this week (Jones for 15, AJ Dillon for 25) and averaged 4.3 yards per carry, not including kneel-downs, against a pretty stout defensive front. On defense, the pressure generated with four (and without Za'Darius Smith). The pocket was collapsing around Roethlisberger quite a bit, and Barry wasn't having to send blitzes to affect the QB.

Daniel from Waukesha, WI

Hey guys, by the time he is finished in Green Bay, will Davante Adams be the Packers all-time leader in receiving yards?

He's on pace this year to surpass Jordy Nelson and crack the top five by season's end. Beyond that, he'll need roughly two full seasons at similar levels of production to close in on Donald Driver.

Chris from Eau Claire, WI

Already picking off HOF QBs. How high is this kid's ceiling?

Every week, Eric Stokes learns some lessons and makes some plays. It's an interesting process to watch. What I like best about him is he doesn't seem to get rattled, whether it's after a missed tackle or a flag or whatever. It's a good thing he's been on the fast track because his presence on the defense probably just got ratcheted up, depending on how long Alexander will be out.

Benjamin from Atlanta, GA

Very glad for the win. Aside from the fourth quarter and the Aaron Jones fumble, the offense was looking strong. The stat line shows a good defensive outing, but it seemed like Steelers' receivers were open often and it was more bad throws than good defense that stopped the Steelers. Is that a fair assessment? How did it look from your (more knowledgeable) perspective?

Big Ben missed a couple of key throws that really could have done some damage. There's no doubt about that. It was surprising given the early deep ball was right on the money. If Roethlisberger is sharper, this game is much more competitive.

Rich from Hayward, WI

Wait, wait, wait. Management makes you wear tracking devices once you're inside the building? What's that about?

Covid protocols, to allow us to attend practice and enter the media auditorium for interviews.

Kenton from Rochester, MN

On the blocked FG, the Steelers got a remarkably good jump on the snap (and may, or may not, have been offside). I've noticed Corey Bojorquez calls for the snap by opening his fist. Could the defense have used that as a tell for when the ball is about to be snapped? If so, could the Packers counter by having Corey pull the defense offside by opening his fist but (through prior agreement) not have the ball snapped? Or would that kind of deception be considered a false start?

Good question. I don't think that would be considered simulating a snap, but I honestly don't know. If there's a tell the defense is reading, the Packers ought to be able to find and change it.

Lambeau Field hosted a Week 4 matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021.

James from Ottawa, Canada

I just read that longtime equipment manager Gordon "Red" Batty sewed a pocket into Aaron Jones' jersey so he can keep his father's ashes close to his heart (literally) without the risk of losing them. This, of course, follows the necklace carrying the ashes being ripped off during a previous game, found by athletic trainer Bryan Engel. Hearing these stories makes me a proud Packers fan who appreciates the heck out of the way the Packers staff takes care of their players.

Red and Flea are both gems as individuals. I'm proud to know them.

John from Livermore, CA

What is the most intriguing story of this football season so far for you?

It has to be Kyler Murray and the Cardinals, right? They're 4-0 atop the toughest division in football and just posted a rather eye-popping road win.

H.R. from Las Vegas, NV

I was wondering if you'd ever consider doing a game blog for another game during the bye week? Just for fun, to keep the fans here engaged in something when there is no Packer game to keep us awake that day?

I appreciate the sentiment, but I'm going to take a weekend off whenever I can get it, no offense.

Captain Obvious from West Bend, WI

Seemed like the crowd got it right to me?

Effective, for sure.

Matt from Des Moines, IA

On to Cincinnati.

A few of you were ready and waiting with that one. Happy Monday.

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