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It’s time the NFL starts putting some respect on Davante Adams’ name

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Head Coach Matt LaFleur

Rich from Grand Rapids, MI

Sometimes a team just needs a win. Doesn't have to be fancy. Doesn't have to be pretty. Doesn't need to be impressive. That is what GB needed Thursday night. Now they can take a breather, try to get healthier, and prepare for the stretch run.

Spoff hit the nail on the big toe with his game story – the Packers did what they needed to do in San Francisco. They got a much-needed win, maintained their lead in the NFC North and now have nine days to rest before hosting Jacksonville.

Jeffrey from Eau Claire, WI

Arguably…Davante Adams best receiver in the league?

It's impossible to have these debates because of all the emotion involved, but he deserves to be in that conversation. It's crazy to me Adams rarely is mentioned whenever these discussions happen. I don't know if it's the fact Adams plays in a small market or because he's not a high-maintenance receiver but it's time the NFL starts putting some respect on Adams' name.

Aaron from Saint Paul, MN

Why didn't Davante's hand count as the second touch on his long touchdown reception? I wasn't aware that a foot counts, but a hand doesn't. I thought it was just two points of contact?

I thought the same thing. I have no idea what the refs are gonna call in those situations anymore but that sequence was too beautiful to be called anything other than a touchdown.

Jim from McLean, VA

Do you think Adams can surpass 997 yards this year?

I'm not here to jinx anything but Adams would be on pace for like 2,000 yards had it not been for the two-week layoff with the hamstring injury.

Gary from Sheboygan, WI

Hi guys, when is Adams going to order some tear-away gloves? That was one of the oddest tackles I have ever seen.

Adams had no choice but to catch that ball, too, because I don't think the flag was coming. That was a heck of a grab.

Nathan from Lino Lakes, MN

The first two years of Adams' career he looked overwhelmed. Any idea what he did to make the massive steps since then? Crazy how he can drive forward where others lack progress with the same quarterback throwing them open.

Not having a myriad of knee and ankle injuries that left him unable to run for like the first six weeks of the 2016 offseason? Oh, and possessing out-of-this-world confidence in his abilities. That helps, too.

James from Appleton, WI

The 52-yard TD to Marquez Valdes-Scantling was a genius play call. Coming out of the two-minute warning, you expect Aaron Rodgers to matriculate down the field eating up the rest of the clock. Was it the called play or did Rodgers just see something at the line of scrimmage?

That's the beauty of Matt LaFleur's system of offense and having a deep-play threat like MVS. The Packers kept chipping away at San Francisco's defense until finally uncorking that deep ball. It was a brilliant call.

Patsi from Riverside, CA

How many games has Aaron Rodgers thrown four or more touchdowns in his career?

He's done it 26 times in the regular season. Furthermore, Rodgers now has 24 touchdowns in eight games, putting him on pace for a career-high 48. He needs only two more passing TDs to tie his mark from last year and one to match his total from '18.

Kent from Homosassa, FL

The following is my regular wish list for every weekend's games: 1) The Packers always to win. 2) For the three division teams to lose. In case of a division game, pull for the team with the poorer record. If tied, go with the home team. Next the AFC to win all games with the NFC. Games within the NFC the same as for the division – poorer record with the home team if tied. Last, AFC game, do not care. An observation! It appeared that AR put no extra effort on his 52-yard throw for the TD Thursday.

Rodgers makes it look so effortless – and he did it without even seeing MVS. It's the toughest position to play in the NFL and he makes it look like a mid-afternoon stroll.

Tory from Austin, TX

"17" is the best WR in the league. I recall fans calling for his head in Year 2 or 3 because of drops. Can the fan base please not make the same mistake with MVS?

It's a human game played by humans. The big thing was MVS didn't lose confidence. He came back and made a huge catch to begin the rout of San Fran.

Richard from Menasha, WI

Having Aaron Jones back against SF was great but it really surprised me. I know he was listed on the injury report as questionable but playing 40-plus snaps may suggest he was healthier than anyone thought, or he got much better very quickly. I'm guessing his calf improved and the Packers were not being intentionally deceptive. I believe everything was above board and accurate. It did make me wonder if a team is not forthcoming or deceptive regarding injuries, what is the penalty?

I promise you the Packers weren't being "intentionally deceptive." They also err on the side of caution with players. Soft-tissue injuries have to be handled delicately. Just look at the setback Kevin King had two weeks ago and the ramifications. Green Bay was smart with Jones, and when it became apparent he was healthy enough to play, Jones provided a major spark Thursday night.

Derek from Eau Claire, WI

If Tyler Ervin keeps lining up in the backfield maybe he can buy Juwann Winfree a steak dinner to trade numbers?

Not you, too, Derek. Not you, too.

Mark from Minneapolis, MN

Another bounce-back win with contributions from both the stars and unsung players alike. Is this a function of improved drafts under Brian Gutekunst, better coaching, team culture, or something else? With respect to the draft, Jon Runyan and Kamal Martin seem to have found their way and are contributing significantly to both the offense and defense. Given the GM's familiarity with the Big Ten, is this coincidence, or are there effective draft picks from Big Ten schools that other teams don't see?

It takes a village to win in this league, but one thing I've said since Day 1 is how impressed I've been at how LaFleur came in, hired his staff, installed his scheme and led the Packers' locker room as a first-time head coach. He was born for this and a 20-6 career record (including playoffs) speaks to both his natural leadership and creativity. As for how Gutekunst and the Packers have scouted the Big Ten, it's been a productive partnership over the past decade. That conference has 10 players on Green Bay's current roster.

Garrett from Le Mars, IA

The depth of that offensive line – amazing. And honestly the depth across the entire team is off the charts. Everyone talked about how banged up SF is, GB isn't exactly (relatively) healthy. Is this on the same level as the 2010 team with a "next man up" ability?

It's getting there. The Packers haven't had the number of outside signings contribute this year as the 2010 squad did to this point, but depth has prevented the ship from taking on water. With all due respect to San Francisco – because it was in a tight spot Thursday night – it's funny how few are talking about the fact the Packers were down two running backs, their No. 2 receiver, their starting left tackle and right guard, a starting linebacker, a cornerback, and finished the game without their top cornerback and Mike linebacker.

Chun from El Monte, CA

This win felt good, even against an opponent ravaged by injuries. I expected the game to be close because the 49ers are still tough up front, but we needed something like this.

After a performance like the Packers had last Sunday against Minnesota, you'll take any breath mint available to you to get that aftertaste off your palate.

Mike from New Orleans, LA

I think we've seen on JK Scott's punts that he has a hell of a leg. I'm wondering why that doesn't translate to kickoffs? Was that the plan going in or are the muscle groups worked on between kicker and punter that different?

It's just repetitions, or a lack thereof. I can probably count on one hand how many times I've seen JK Scott kick off in practice during two-plus years of him being in Green Bay. He looked better this week, though.

Jeff from Ogden, UT

I know he's still green and learning, but once Ty Summers sets his hooks, he's not letting go. He might be the best pure tackler on the team.

I don't know about all of you but I felt like Summers played a nice game, especially given the circumstances, with Kamal Martin being on the COVID-19 list and Krys Barnes leaving with the calf issue. Summers held the line, too, on that fourth-and-1 sneak for the turnover on downs.

Matt from Griffith, IN

Speaking of the Big Dog touchdown, did you hear one of the guys on the field actually "barking" toward Marcedes Lewis? I believe it was Robert Tonyan, and I have to say it made me chuckle. You can tell they're having fun out there.

Fans or no fans, no nickname of a Packers player has been more audible than "Big Dog!" over the past three seasons.

Drew from Billings, MT

Can an assistant coach win Coach of the Year for the NFL? Because Adam Stenavich deserves a ton of credit for how the O-line has played with so many moving parts, both during the week and actual in-game moves.

It doesn't work like that but Stenavich deserves a ton of credit for how he's helped develop and prepare the offensive line. And Billy Turner, Elgton Jenkins, Rick Wagner and Jon Runyan have stepped up without David Bakhtiari the past three weeks. Stenavich had big shoes to fill when he replaced longtime assistant James Campen two years ago, but he's been the right man for the job in helping write a new chapter into Green Bay's rich legacy of strong OL play.

Paul from Northglenn, CO

Does anyone else feel Elgton Jenkins will be the next left tackle?

Jenkins can play wherever he needs to, and with any luck, he'll be doing so in Green Bay for the next decade.

Margeaux from Tallahassee, FL

I have to admit once the Pack got out of the deep end at the beginning of the fourth quarter I was screaming (in my head) at the TV to get AR12 and Aaron Jones out of there. Your thoughts?

I get that, I get that, especially with Jones coming back from the calf injury. But the Packers also only had Ervin left in the backfield after Dexter Williams' injury. Seeing John Lovett get some carries late was fun, though.

Bob from Myrtle Beach, SC

Five away games in the first eight games. Hopefully, five home games in the last eight will help. Though, with no fans, does it matter as much as a non-COVID season would? Travel time in away games has to take away some from practice?

The Packers have four home games beginning Nov. 29. If you know anything about December weather in Green Bay, that's a huge advantage for the Packers during the final stretch of what they hope is a long playoff run.

Thomas from Pensacola, FL

Hello up north, looking at Mason Crosby's stats I noticed he has made one kick this year for a field goal under 30 yards. We've scored a number of points this season. Is ML's battle plan, if we're that close, we're going for six?

Hello down south. Yeah, pretty much. The last I checked there's no brake in LaFleur's Chevy.

Patrick from Saint Louis, MO

Was anyone else surprised at how barren Aaron's face was for a November game? We typically expect him to be on the front lines of the no-shave-November movement.

Rodgers said on Pat McAfee's show Friday that he's growing his hair out while staying clean shaven this year. I gotta admit I'm somewhat taken aback by how much this facial-hair issue has bent the coils of Packers fans.

Raymond form San Antonio, TX

Haven't heard much on how Allen Lazard is progressing. Do you have any insights into how he is doing or on his timeline for a return?

It sounds like he's close. We'll see if Lazard can make it back to play his former team eight days from now.

Dean form Leavenworth, IN

Positive COVID tests can show up any day of the week and we've seen that one positive test can eliminate multiple players from a game. COVID notwithstanding, the Packers have had to deal with a lot of injuries this year. I'm hoping that eight days from now the Packers will be a much healthier team. Any injuries from the SF game that concern you, and will it be next Wednesday's injury report before we hear anything on the injury front?

I hope Jaire Alexander is OK after taking a nasty hit to the head on the tackle. You never like to see that for any player, but Alexander has been off to such a great start to his third NFL season. Meanwhile, as far as COVID is concerned, the Packers will continue doing everything in their power to keep guys safe and healthy inside the building.

The Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers faced off on Thursday Night Football on Nov. 5, 2020.

Ryan from Colfax, WI

This has to do with the conversation in yesterday's II about the connection between "12" and "17." Are there any receivers, past or present, that would have been in the HOF with a Pro-Bowl/All-Pro quarterback throwing to them that have otherwise had a very moderate career due to their QB situation? Or are Hall of Fame talents able to rise above their limitations?

Sterling Sharpe, if Brett Favre arrived two or three seasons earlier than he did.

Florian from Kronach, Germany

So this Sunday, the Jaguars will play Houston, a team the Packers already beat. Both are 1-6. Who do you think will get the second win? What can we learn about the Jags that could help for a Packers W next Sunday?

I don't know but we're fixin' to learn a lot about Jake Luton. The Jaguars must feel OK about him to give the rookie the first crack over the veteran Mike Glennon.

Austin from Moscow, Russia

Are the Packers going to wear their throwback uniforms at all this year? I'm probably one of the very few who actually loves them.

Not this year. The third/throwback uniform tentatively is scheduled to return in 2021.

Kevin from Mechanicsburg, PA

I wondered what Rodgers said to LaFleur after he sent Tim Boyle in to finish the game. Could it have been, "Call a pass play and let's see what he does"?

I know it would've been bad form while up by 24 points but I really wanted to see a deep ball from Boyle. Just one laser. That's all I'm asking for.

Brian from Sussex, WI

The game previous to SF which Tim Boyle went in to do the kneel-downs I made a comment to my wife about feeling bad for him because his stats consist of only negative rushing attempts. Right after that comment he snapped the ball and I noticed him move forward into the line before kneeling down. I actually laughed out loud. He must have seen his stat sheet.

Sadly, Boyle did indeed lose another rushing yard. He now has 13 career carries for minus-13 yards. Gotta watch the film and make the necessary corrections. You can only learn from it and get better.

Jeff from Tucson, AZ

Supposed to drop below 90 degrees this weekend. Fall is in the air.

Since #WindGate last Sunday, Green Bay has had a stretch of absolutely gorgeous weather. Now if you'd excuse me, I'm gonna go enjoy it. Have a great weekend everyone.

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