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Inbox: Now they get some home cooking

His really big game is coming


Greg from Belvidere, IL

Great start to December football!

The Packers got the job done in a game they should have won. Nothing flashy, a win with some warts, but success. Now they get some home cooking.

Jim from McLean, VA

It's a good thing that the Packers realized Davante Adams's return from injury messed up our offense and Rodgers decided to not look for him in this game.

Adams was so close to a huge day. Aaron Rodgers made a great sideline throw that the two Giants converged on, and Adams still almost came down with it. Then he dropped that slant over the middle with room to run. His really big game is coming.

Barb from Wilmington, IL

Now that November is over, is Rodgers going to shave?

I don't know and don't care, but as many readers pointed out, I hope he keeps looking for Allen Lazard. I was a week early on him, when I wrote about him coming off the bye and named him my player to watch for San Francisco. That's the kind of production the Packers need from a receiver other than Adams, and Lazard needs to keep delivering.

Neal from Fort Worth, TX

What was your biggest takeaway from this game?

Offensively, other than the Lazard thoughts already expressed, the Packers need to run the ball better. They've taken a step back from where they were at midseason with the ground game. Defensively, the pass rush is pretty steady and if the coverage could hold up for another half second or so, a lot could change. But a half second is no small thing. It's everything in a fast-paced game.

Chad from Tarpon Springs, FL

How do you feel about the Packers getting zero sacks?

I'll take three picks over twice as many sacks any day. The pressure on Jones hurried him into a couple of those bad throws.

Dave from East Burke, VT

It's still cold in Vermont, Mike, but my brain thawed out! Which aspect was most improved: offense, defense, or special teams?

Welcome back, Dave. The offense still looked too disjointed overall for my tastes, but Rodgers helped out with some wizardry. It's hard to tell from the press box how much the conditions are actually affecting the game and potential rhythm. I think the Packers' defense is what it is at this point – it's going to give up plays, and it's going to keep fighting to try to make some plays. When it makes some, the Packers look like a complementary football team. When it doesn't, it almost all falls on Rodgers. The special teams took a step forward, however small. Tremon Smith almost broke one kickoff return (though his fumble on the early punt return fortunately went out of bounds), the coverage units were solid, they're keeping the penalties down, and JK Scott looks to be coming out of it. Progress.

Benjamin from San Mateo, CA

I wasn't really focused on the offensive line throughout the game. How did Bryan Bulaga look after his injury last week?

By all accounts he held up fine. I give Bulaga a lot of credit. No one would have faulted him for resting a week or two with that knee sprain. The offensive line as a whole had a strong day in pass protection, but the Giants' run defense came as advertised.

Eric from Reedsburg, WI

How concerning is the Packers' inability to get a stop on fourth downs? The Giants seemed to have no fear of our defense.

They kept going for it because of the conditions, the field position, and the short yardage. The bigger concern was Preston Smith jumping offside on third-and-6 when the Packers had the stop. That's what kept that drive going and gave the Giants three points. They would have punted on fourth-and-6.

Ron from Riverview, FL

Hey guys, hope you had a pleasant trip back home. We had a much needed win in a beautiful December snow game. AR throwing touchdowns...the defense getting turnovers. How much negativity in the Inbox today?

All I have to do is look at the volume to know what I'm in for. Last week, after finishing my game recap and editorial, I opened the Inbox to start the column on the plane and there were already several hundred submissions. Last night, same sequence, and there were barely more than 50. Look, I get it. But this crowd is so predictable.

Henry from Hoback, WY

Mason Crosby earned a game ball today. I'm sure his heart hurt but he didn't flinch. I hope he knows all of Packer Nation is there should he need anything.

That 47-yarder, in those conditions and under those circumstances, might rank as one of the five or so best kicks of his career. I couldn't have been more impressed.

Paul from Kingston, PA

How gratifying was it to hear those "Go Pack Go" chants from the start of the game all the way to the end of the game where they were even louder? This is a fan base that still believed after last week's loss. P.S – I'm the guy who yelled "We love the Inbox" and said we should get lunchboxes when you guys came out of the tunnel.

We appreciate the greeting! That's the first time I've felt like someone cared when I entered a stadium.

Eric from Mequon, WI

Lamar Jackson is just scary good. What other QB has made such a drastic jump from his rookie year? The group must be counted on one hand.

The Ravens brought him along slowly and effectively last year, but he showed so much then they knew it was time to give him the reins and turn him loose.

Todd from Wauwatosa, WI

If Minnesota loses, can we start talking about playoff scenarios, or will that get my friend I'm asking for banned?

Ha. I've engaged in it this much this early only because there's such a clear divide record-wise with the top five teams in the NFC right now.

The Green Bay Packers faced the New York Giants in a Week 13 matchup on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Dan from Toledo, OH

What is the lowest seed to host a playoff game? Has a No. 5 seed ever done it?

I don't think so. To my knowledge, the lowest seed to host a conference championship is the No. 4, when Arizona hosted No. 6 Philly in the 2008 NFC title game (Jan. 2009).

Daniel from Los Angeles, CA

Could you clarify a seeding question: If the Packers, Seahawks, and 49ers have the same record but GB wins their division and San Fran doesn't, who would get the No. 1 seed, Seattle or Green Bay? Would San Fran have to come to our place for the playoffs if they were to face off despite them beating us?

In that scenario, if the Seahawks and Packers are both division champions with equal records, the team with the better record in conference games would get the higher seed. Regardless, if the Packers are division champs and the 49ers are a wild card, a playoff meeting would be at Lambeau.

Ian from Sherman Oaks, CA

With the Saints becoming the first team this season to officially secure a playoff spot, it got me wondering...when is the earliest the Packers could officially secure a berth as well?

If enough goes right over the next two weeks – two wins plus some help – the Packers could clinch a trip to the postseason with two games left.

Wesley from Kingsland, GA