Ryan from Sheboygan Falls, WI
Do the Packers have the stamina to keep up with their awesome performance last week?
The Packers will have had 10 days between games to get ready for this one, so they better have the stamina for it. This likely will be the healthiest they'll be all season coming off the mini-bye. It's time to get back to work.
Kevin from Starr Pass, AZ
Wes, I don't want to jinx anything, but if I recall correctly ML has yet to have back-to-back losses. That's quite impressive for a new head coach.
Anybody can get lucky and win a game. Just ask the Green Bay media basketball team from 2014-16. But the true measure of a team, and its coach, is finding victory after defeat. And no team in the NFL has done a better job of dusting itself off after a loss than the Packers over the past two years.
Bret from Hertel, WI
Dear Wes, I thought this past game was a great team win in that all phases complemented each other. Do you see this game being the focus for the second half of the season?
The 49ers obviously were hurting on Thursday night but all the Packers could do was beat the opponent the NFL put in front of them. If there was any takeaway from the Packers' defense…it was the takeaways. They were sorely needed for a unit looking to get some swagger back. It also was a reminder of what Mike Pettine's defense is capable of. They need to bring that same energy this Sunday against a Jacksonville team with a young but promising back (James Robinson) and a rookie QB (Jake Luton) who played better than most expected against Houston.
Trent from Grovetown, GA
The Packers finished the first quarter of the season 4-0 and the second quarter 2-2. Another perfect quarter would be awesome, of course, but it starts with going 1-0 this week. What do the Packers need to do on Sunday to get the W and the 1-0 start to the third quarter of the season?
Stop the run…again. The Jaguars think a lot of Robinson – enough to part company with Leonard Fournette this past summer and give Robinson free rein over the backfield. He's dangerous. The Packers gotta be ready for what he's bringing to Lambeau on Sunday.
Matt from Marquette, MI
Who is a player on JAX that the Packers must game plan for?
D.J. Chark is a legit No. 1 receiver…and he's healthy again.
Jack from Fort Atkinson, WI
Good morning. I enjoy the Inbox. When David Bakhtiari lines up he usually has his left leg back and is in a two-point stance. When Billy Turner played some left tackle recently he would always line up in a three-point stance. Is this personal preference or are they coached to do this based on strengths/weaknesses?
That's a great question, Jack. I don't know if we'll be talking to Turner this week but I'll try to work that question into our next media availability with Adam Stenavich. It's a good observation.
Braden from Aurora, CO
Do you believe re-signing the O-line guys is top priority? After watching the Broncos' backup tackle get burned over and over on Sunday, I came away thinking this and how lucky we are to have amazing backups.
I can't say enough about how the Packers' offensive line has performed despite the injuries to Bakhtiari, Lane Taylor and now Rick Wagner. Turner, in particular, has stood out. While he can play practically anywhere, Turner has really excelled at the two tackle spots. To a layman like myself, it seems like it's allowed him to use two of his greatest strengths – athleticism and finesse – a little more. It gives you a greater appreciation for his game.
Tony from Chanhassen, MN
Aaron Rodgers mentioned that he did not see Marquez Valdes-Scantling on the 52-yard touchdown. Really? How did he not know he was throwing an easy pick to a waiting DB? I've never heard a QB say that before, and it seems to have gone by relatively unnoticed. Have I missed that before and it is a normal thing for a QB to do? I know Rodgers isn't normal, but still...if Brady had done that I think I would have heard about it all weekend on every game I watched.
At this level, quarterbacks rarely throw to where the receiver is. They throw to where the receiver is going to be. At least, that's what the good ones do. The MVS play was just another example of that. Rodgers knows where he's running his route and threw to that area of the field, betting on MVS to beat his man and make the catch.
Dana from Eau Claire, WI
Is the healthiest team in the NFC likely to come out on top? The AFC seems to have powerhouses (Ravens, Chiefs, Steelers, Titans and Bills in no particular order) while the NFC seems loaded with really good teams. Do you see that the AFC seems to have the edge in the top five teams comparing conferences at this point in the season?
Sure, but those five AFC teams will all to have to pick each other apart for the one ticket to the Super Bowl. As far as the NFC race, it feels to me like whichever team gets hot the last month of the season has a good chance to make a deep run. All of the top NFC squads have been up and down to a certain extent. When the chips are down, who can stay up?
Jenn from Peoria, IL
I'm seriously glad we saw the Saints when we did. Fingers crossed that if we have to see them in the postseason, it's at our house!
I still can't believe the Bucs ran the ball five times for eight yards, one of which was a kneel-down. I know they played the entire game from behind but that's still bonkers to me.
Kathie from Grand Forks, ND
As I watched the game last week, I thought that it was too bad the Vikings finally got their act together the week we were playing them. The Packers' defense has problems, but that didn't seem to be the whole explanation. I don't sound so naive now, eh? Week to week, sometimes a winning team implodes, and sometimes a losing team figures out what they need to do to win. It's luck which of those you play against. And don't get caught up in how a team plays in September and October.
Conversely, the Packers and Lions caught the Vikings at the wrong time. Dalvin Cook is such a game-changer for them and Mike Zimmer's brilliance is shining through with what Minnesota has accomplished with a depleted defense.
Zach from Webster, NY
With the seven-team playoff format, obviously finishing first and receiving the bye week is the best scenario. This season, would you agree finishing fifth and starting out against the NFC East winner would be the second best scenario, given the quality of that division and lack of home-field advantage?
No. I get what you're saying but come January I want to play as many home games as possible.
Paul from Winnebago, IL
Why didn't we pick anyone up before the deadline?!
I could answer you, but why not just allow the President/CEO to tackle this one.
A look back at the Green Bay Packers recognizing Salute To Service.
Keith from Bend, OR
Is Mark Murphy as fearless as he seems when he answers questions in his column? He will literally take on any question with a direct, respectful approach that makes me so happy. We need to stay above the mean spirits, and he does.
Frequent Inbox readers know my feelings about Mark. I firmly believe the world would be a lot better off if there were more Mark Murphys in it. MT5 isn't a pat-on-the-back session. He answers some tough, tough questions.
Sam from Boston, MA
Does QBR need a revamp? My understanding was a QBR of 50 was meant to be "average." But a quick glance at ESPN, and only four eligible quarterbacks are under 50.0 for the year. It seems like the rating needs to be updated with the excellent quarterback play around the league. What do you think?
I don't use QBR. Never have. I have no comment.
Daniel from Allen, TX
I always had the feeling that Spoff had some hidden genius we weren't aware of. Then I saw it. "Nov. 11, 2020, at 8:26 am CST. Teriyaki-basted burgers." I thought I was the only one doing that. Started doing that as an experiment in the early '90s. It is well worth trying in my humble opinion.
I could just ask Spoff this question myself. He sits eight feet away from me. But I'll post it here anyway. How does one undercook a burger? And if it is that undercooked, couldn't you just throw that sucker back on the grill? Inquiring minds must know.
Rob from Edinburgh, Scotland
Just a quick response to Levi from St. Paul, MN. Alex Smith's return to the NFL is one of the most incredible things I have seen from an athlete. In the entire sporting world, however, I don't think anything will ever top F1 driver Niki Lauda, who was trapped inside a flaming car for more than a full minute and came so close to death that the hospital asked a priest to give him the last rights. He raced again just 42 days later and went on to win two world championships after his famous crash.
I don't think I'd ever get in a car again, let alone race one after that episode. All the best to Alex Smith, though. There's no better story in sports at the moment.
The Green Bay Packers practiced on Ray Nitschke Field on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020.
Mike from New Orleans, LA
My school has a program with the Saints where players come in weekly and do a Q&A session with students. It's been a lot of fun so far this year. Tomorrow we get Jameis Winston. Any question you want me to sneak in?
Nothing in particular, but that's pretty darn cool to have different Saints players check in every week. Have fun.
Robert from Verona, WI
I disagree with the sentiment expressed about wearing masks on Zoom meetings. It's meaningless virtue signaling and I believe it diminishes the message around wearing masks. If the goal of wearing masks is to reduce the spread of the virus, then wear them when there is a risk of spreading the virus. Wearing a mask in a Zoom call makes the wearer look unserious about why people are being asked to wear masks and undermines the message that wearing a mask is a logical thing to do.
There are other people in those media rooms. The masks are wholly intended to reduce the spread of the virus in the most sensitive part of the building.
Bill from Wilmington, DE
Wes, hope you are enjoying the seasonally nice weather. Did you have any time to take advantage with "Little Hod"?
That was my last two-day weekend of 2020. You bet your booty we got out and made the most of it.
Derek from Eau Claire, WI
Packers smother Saints, Saints crush Buccaneers and Buccaneers cut Packers...and Lizard poisons Spock.
Your weekly reminder this is a week-to-week league.
Dan from Monroe, IA
I don't like to comment on cultural issues, but I was amazed at the sports world's reaction to Alex Trebek's passing. I know Aaron won his celebrity "Jeopardy!" match, which should have surprised no one, but is "Jeopardy!" popular with the Packers players and coaches?
I'm sure there are some but I can't imagine any were bigger fans of "Jeopardy!" than Aaron Rodgers. He talked frequently over the years about the days he's able to get home in time for the show at 6 p.m. He wasn't just a celebrity contestant. Rodgers is a legitimate fan. And I think we all were in some regard. I still have my "Jeopardy!" board game at home and my Sports Jeopardy Gameboy game. Trebek's cancer battle became our battle and the show's loss is now our nation's loss. Collectively, we mourn a true American icon.