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Inbox: That could go a long way for this team

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Bill from Forest Park, OH

I have to admit, after all those times Dallas knocked Green Bay out of the playoffs in the ’90s, I still relish each victory over the Cowboys, especially in Jerry’s House of Horrors.

It’s amazing how a change of venue has changed the narrative. Nine straight losses at old Texas Stadium. Now five straight wins – four over the Cowboys – in Jerry’s World. The Packers have yet to be held under 30 points in that building. Incredible.

Courtney from Butte, MT

Statement made! Coulda shoulda woulda against Philly. Imagine when Adams is back.

Proving they could score 34 and win without him, on the road? That could go a long way for this team.

Steve from Ankeny, IA

Football is a strange game. 4-1. I’ll take it!

Indeed. You didn’t think it would be easy, did you?

Edward from Canton, SD

This 64-year-old owner is sure that Paul Hornung scored five touchdowns against Baltimore in the mid-1960s. Was at least one of them a pass catch? Great win on the road no matter what!

Yes, two of them were vs. the Colts in ’65. Jones got tackled for loss on that first-and-goal from the 1 and the Packers eventually settled for three. To think how close he was to five rushing TDs.

Michael from Mason City, IA

The roughing call on Gary – had to be because Prescott was still in the pocket, right? Even though he never threw it, he was still a "passer" at that point. But dang, the inconsistency that is NFL officiating is becoming hard to take.

“Finding Nemo” was one of my kids’ favorite movies when they were younger. You know how Dory has that famous line she repeats, “Just keep swimming”? That’s where I’m getting my new mantra when it comes to the officiating. Just keep playing. Just keep playing. It’s all you can do.

Nick from Benton, MO

Why are some penalties allowed to be declined or accepted by the opposing team, but some are not? The false start in the red zone that resulted in a fumble recovered by Green Bay would have been a great momentum shift had it not been negated.

A false start kills the play, which then doesn’t exist. It was the right call.

Brandon from Stockton, IL

During Rodgers’ postgame interview would you have any insight as to the question trying to be asked, at about the 7:40 mark? Unbelievable moment there.

I found out afterward apparently that reporter tries his schtick in various places, which is to act like a 1920s newsman by barking out questions with a weird cadence, strange vocabulary and odd nicknames. He was asking about a former Packers star from back in the day, Lavvie Dilweg. Brady from Madison, WI, says it’s someone named “Scoops Callahan.” Whatever. Most bizarre thing I’ve ever encountered in a postgame presser. Save it for Super Bowl media day, pal. That’s when the wackiness is welcomed.

Ashley from Marrakech, Morocco

I almost went to bed at 31-3, but I’m glad I stayed up ’til 1 a.m. to see how it all played out. Yeah, there’s a lot to clean up, but these are the games that make football worth watching. PS – What did you think of Jordy wearing a blue Cobb jersey?

Loved it. I wondered if he got it from James Jones, because that was JJ’s thing for a long time, acquiring the college jerseys of all the receivers he played with.

Gerald from Santa Fe, NM

Hey Insiders, during the broadcast as the Pack seemed to lose the offensive “mojo,” Troy Aikman offered the cogent observation that, with a big lead, offenses change their mindset to a safe-play-run-the-clock approach, disrupting the tempo that led to early success. The same might be true on defense with a big lead, resulting in the classic hemorrhage allowed by the “prevent” mentality. Your opinion?

I didn’t think the Packers got conservative on offense, really. They just weren’t executing and were committing penalties instead, which led to a few give-up calls on third-and-super-long, which is the right play rather than risk an interception or sack-fumble. Defensively, preventing the big play shouldn’t be that hard. Keep everything in front of you and make tackles. The last touchdown Alexander gave up, he mistakenly tried to punch the ball out from behind rather than just make the tackle at the 30. That’s inexcusable.

George from Olympia

Did any of the Eagles get fined for the helmet-to-helmet hits last week on the Packers?

The helmet hits on Jamaal Williams and Darrius Shepherd (on a punt return, which wasn’t penalized) both resulted in fines, as did the facemask on Davante Adams. Kenny Clark also was fined for his RTP on Carson Wentz.

Howie from Saint Ignace, MI

The sideline no-catch call that was challenged and reversed was not an easy call for the official. Why do you think Garrett was so upset?

Great question. It was not an obvious oversight by any means.

Brian from Rochester, MN

I think this business in California regarding the new rules for college athletes will be the beginning of the end of the NCAA as we know it. If I were the California schools, I’d call their bluff, refuse to participate in any NCAA sanctioned events, and start my own organizing body. I honestly think this could happen. Especially because it’s California – if they go first, others might follow, and the NCAA is a joke. Thoughts?

The fallout from this could be years in the making. While other states have legislation similar to California’s in the hopper, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said he won’t be scheduling games against California teams if they’re going to be subject to different rules. Stay tuned, for a long while.

Justin from Hoboken, NJ

I can tell that Wes was in a mood during “Packers Unscripted” because he didn’t smile at the camera like he usually does when Mike introduced him.

Duly noted. Also, as announced on Friday’s show, we will not have an “Unscripted” episode today because our producer is out, so we will recap the Dallas game on Tuesday’s show.

Cam from Pekin, IL

An ugly win is better than a pretty loss. But it sure looked like the team thought we could coast to the end. What bothered me more than anything else were the flagrant penalties while protecting a sizable lead.

Things got sloppy and that allows the officials to have too much influence on a game. “Clean up” their play was LaFleur’s top phrase postgame.

Arthur from Altoona, WI

Why are folks getting carried away with players leaping over tacklers? From my point of view a leap is not a thought-out process. You either do it in the moment or not. The other alternatives are to let yourself be tackled or ram the defender as hard as you can, which might cause you to lose control of the ball. I see no reason to make up a new rule that punishes the leaper.

I understand both sides of this. I guess I’m just ultra-sensitive to what happened to Nick Collins eight years ago. Yes, there are risks on any given football play, but I just think attempting to hurdle a player in legitimate tackling position increases those risks for both players immensely.

Steven from Stephens City, VA

So, I just finished watching an interview between Pat McAfee and Marshawn Lynch. Pat went on to say Lynch will make it into the Hall of Fame. I was curious how you view his accomplishments and whether or not he eventually makes it in. Regardless, he was fun to watch, and the NFL ranked his 2011 play No. 13 in the top 100 plays for the 100th anniversary. I feel like it should have been a couple spots higher, though. I mean, it’s called the “Beast Quake” play for a reason.

Lynch is a curious Canton case to me. He made first- or second-team All-Pro only twice, and he ranked in the top 10 in rushing yards in just four seasons. That would lean no. On the other hand, 10,000 career rushing yards (29th all time) and 84 rushing touchdowns (16th) are strong arguments at a position that doesn’t generally feature the longevity of a career like Lynch’s. It’ll be interesting.

Brett from Lakewood, CO

46 surnames is not odd, Spoff. It’s even.

Ouch.

Eric from Kenosha, WI

Wasn't that a bizarre last 20 minutes or so of ballgame? A lot of impactful events, non-events, and near events.

Strategically, too. As I write this on the plane ride home, I don’t know if any of the Dallas media has addressed it, but in the in-game live blog I was suggesting the Cowboys should have kicked the field goal when they had the clock stopped with about 2:30 left. Maybe Maher would have missed it anyway, but kicking then with one timeout plus the two-minute, Dallas still would have had a chance to get the ball back had the onside kick failed. With onside kicks so difficult to recover now compared to before last year’s new alignment rules, I think end-of-game comebacks need to be managed differently, and the Cowboys were going to let it all ride on an onside kick when they didn’t have to. Once the clock got to the two-minute warning and they were still down two scores with only one timeout left, their chances to pull it off diminished considerably.

Mike from Lancaster, NY

If I remember correctly, in the Favre era the Packers struggled to get past a powerhouse Cowboys team in Dallas during the ‘90s. Now AT&T Stadium seems to be Aaron’s (and Matt Flynn’s) personal playground. Was there a road venue Brett and the Packers “owned” during their run of excellence?

Soldier Field. Beginning with the Monday night monsoon on Halloween in 1994, Favre won 10 straight there. The winning streak in road games against the Bears was 11 in all including the ’02 game in Champaign when Soldier Field was being renovated.

Bruce from Green Bay, WI

Well Mike, you were Spoff on when you said it would take the Packers about four to six games to get the offense cruising. What is your next prediction?

That if the Packers think they have it all figured out now, they’ll get another reality check. Judging by LaFleur’s postgame comments, I don’t expect any complacency to set in.

Patrick from Valrico, FL

Nice victory. 4-1 is super nice in the NFC. Open ended question for you here. What concerns you most about this team at this point?

Health.

Marin from West Lawn, PA

Julie from the UP brought up the subject of safety officials. Does the NFL continue to have someone attending each game focus strictly on what happens to players involved with possible concussions? I recall reading something a few years ago the league was doing this as part of its increased awareness of preventing head trauma.

Yes, the spotter(s) in an upstairs booth can contact medical personnel on the sidelines to alert them to something seen, or can contact the referee to stop the game momentarily if necessary.

Dave from Coloma, MI

A couple of things. What was the atmosphere like at the game? Watching on TV it sounded like a lot of Packer fans were in attendance. Also, I know there are still 11 games left to play but I like where we are right now. Alone at the top with two wins inside the division and two road wins against tough teams. The only loss coming on a short week and it was still a game that should have been won. What is one thing you would like to see improved in the next game?

Green Bay fans showed up again. I was a little leery at kickoff, wondering about the numbers, but they made themselves heard. Aside from the aforementioned large number of explosive plays allowed on defense, third down on offense has to get better. The Packers are at right around 25 percent for the season. That’s a tough way to live.

Devin from Madison, WI

If you told me the Packers would go 3-for-12 on third down, and be out gained by 230 yards, I would have assumed they lost. I guess winning the turnover battle makes all difference.

It’s the most important statistic in the game other than the points on the scoreboard.

Ryan from Colfax, WI

I don't think I've ever seen the same guy have play stopped for the medical team three times in a single game before and come back each time. At least two of those occurrences seemed to have an additional side effect of slowing down some of the Cowboys' drives toward the end. Veteran timing?

Knowing Za’Darius, I don’t think he has any interest in being forced to sit out a play, let alone three. It wasn’t gamesmanship.

Paul from De Pere, WI

Feels more like we escaped with a victory. Too harsh?

The Packers were the better team, but the Cowboys aren’t a bad team, so they were going to get something done. Dealing with huge momentum swings like that will serve the team well moving forward, too.

The Green Bay Packers traveled to Dallas to take on the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in a Week 5 matchup.