Michael from Fort Wayne, IN
If William Shatner, a.k.a. Captain Kirk, at the age of 90, can go to the edge of space and return safely, then the injured Packers can go to Chicago, where many former Packers teams have boldly gone before and won, and get the big W. GPG!
I guess…that's…one way to look at things.
Julian from Gastonia, NC
So, Tom Brady wins offensive player of the week. He had a good game at home against the struggling Dolphins. Don't you think Davante Adams was robbed this week for not receiving the award for his game against the three-win Bengals on the road? Did I miss something?
Was Adams robbed? Yes. Does he likely a give a hoot? No. The Packers are on a four-game winning streak and this Sunday they need to make it five.
Neil from Tunbridge Wells, UK
Is there anything better than a Bears-Packers game? Your best Packers-Bears memory?
It's an obvious answer but my favorite memory is still Randall Cobb's game-winning catch against the Bears. That play will live forever in hearts of Packers fans. It had it all – suspense, skill and surprise. Then, there's the fact that it was the first game back from injury for both Cobb and Aaron Rodgers. As a brief aside, the Press-Gazette made Pete Dougherty, Mike Vandermause and I do a Periscope Live before that game in freezing-rain conditions on the lakefront. It was so cold and wet the lens cap kept icing over. Both Pete and Mike wound up getting dreadfully sick the following day.
Ross from Roswell, GA
Gents, the D-line has been getting great push the past few weeks. This week against a mobile QB push and containment will be the order of the day.
The Packers' defensive interior has made life difficult on the opposing quarterback the past two weeks. Kenny Clark is a problem every week but Dean Lowry, Kingsley Keke and T.J. Slaton also made an impact against the Bengals. Justin Fields is a prodigious talent but he's also had some rookie moments. The Packers need to serve him a 60-minute hot pocket on Sunday.
Sean from Boulder, CO
The offense did get one monkey off its back versus Cincy; prior to the Packers' second pick, the offense had gone six straight drives without recording a point following interceptions, dating back to the NFCCG. While it seems somewhat random, eventually it's not random. What can Aaron Rodgers and Co. do to capitalize more on these opportunities? It must be known to the coaches and team and a focus of the offense going forward rather than a temporary possession shift.
Protect the football and finish drives in the red/gold zone. If the Packers do that, they'll be fine in the long run. Last year proved they have the talent and creativity to get it done.
Eric from Mequon, WI
Fields is yet another new starting QB for the Bears. One look at TTDS (that team down south) and you really appreciate what we have had as Packer fans. How many different starting QBs has Green Bay faced vs. Chicago since Brett Favre's first snap?
Fields will be the 20th different quarterback to start against the Packers since 1992. Overall, I think the Bears might be up to 35 different QBs appearing in games since Brett Favre's first start for Green Bay.
Jim from Eau Claire, WI
Any updates on Elgton Jenkins and Josh Myers?
Jenkins (ankle) and Myers (finger) both practiced on Wednesday. They'll give both players the week to see where things are, but there seemed to be optimism in LaFleur's voice when asked about their availability for Sunday.
Bruce from Appleton, WI
With Kevin King hurt again, who will be the most likely replacement for him?
King didn't practice Wednesday but LaFleur left the door open for Sunday, saying they'll give him the week. If King can't go, Isaac Yiadom most likely would replace him. The Packers also signed veteran Rasul Douglas last week. Both Yiadom and Douglas have started a lot of games in the NFL. The team also added veteran Quinton Dunbar to its practice squad on Wednesday. I think it would be difficult for him to play Sunday but that's one more name to keep an eye on.
Jack from Indianapolis, IN
One play that stood out to me against Cincy was on a rollout of Burrow late in the game and Preston Smith played sound gap control and didn't get too involved in the chase. He sort of hovered at the line of scrimmage. Those plays get overlooked, but considering how often mobile QBs torch the GB defense, would he be a QB spy option? Or would it make more sense to keep him setting the edge with Rashan Gary on the other end?
The Packers have a sound option for a QB spy in De'Vondre Campbell with is speed and ability to tackle in the open field, but that's also a job Smith can handle. Smith is a highly underrated, tactical player. He's smart and sets a strong edge against the run but also can move fluidly in space and drop into coverage.
Robert from Verona, WI
Good morning Mike and Wes! I'd like to know which of you will be sneaking into the office to covertly change Campbell's contract from a 1-year deal to a 4-year deal.
Good fortune is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, right? Campbell was hungry and ready to seize this opportunity with the Packers. He's finally Batman and his role in this defense has been the perfect platform for Campbell to showcase his talent.
Steven from Silver Spring, MD
AJ Dillon's pass-catching has been as good as we could have hoped for it seems. Five games into the season, the full playbook is open whether it is Aaron Jones or Dillon on the field.
What made the tandem of Jones and Jamaal Williams special is the Packers could keep their entire playbook open regardless of which back was on the field. That's where the Packers wanted Dillon to get in Year 2 and he has risen to that challenge.
Take a look back in time at memorable photos from prior Packers-Bears matchups in Chicago.
Bob from Racine, WI
Insiders, do you think we will see a day when both Dillon and Jones line up in the backfield with Mr. Rodgers? Might be a way to challenge opposing defenses to see which option to take.
As I mentioned last week, that "Pony" package is still in the playbook. It's just a matter of when it's up on the call sheet and whether LaFleur and his staff feel it can be effective against a particular opponent.
Don from Swaledale, IA
With the Bears' pass rush should we expect to see more screen passes and jet sweeps?
The Packers absolutely have to find ways to slow down the Bears' pass rush, which leads the NFL with 18 sacks. At the same time, the Packers need to run against that same Bears front to enhance the play-action game and the jet flies. One thing builds off another.
Nathan from Lino Lakes, MN
I follow Kurt Benkert on Twitter and wonder how worthwhile being on the practice squad is for players. Is this like minor league baseball where you really just have to have a heart for the game because the travel/pay/expectations are just way too much for what it's worth? How many hours do practice players put in, in the NFL?
I don't know if that comparison works. It's not the bus leagues. Practice-squad players earn healthy salaries and are in the building with the rest of their teammates. While they may not be in uniform on gameday, practice-squad players put in as many hours, if not more, as their contemporaries on the active 53. That's particularly true in Benkert's position, sitting in the meetings with Matt LaFleur, Nathaniel Hackett, Luke Getsy, Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love as the offensive plan is put into place. That No. 3 QB has an important job. He isn't just waiting for disaster to strike.
Bob from Rome, NY
Gentlemen: Is it safe to say if the TD pass to Robert Tonyan against the Lions is optical illusion No. 1, then the long TD in the Bengals game that appeared to go right through Darnell Savage's hands is optical illusion No. 2 for this season? Thank you!
That's probably a fair assessment. I've watched that play two dozen times now. I still am not quite sure how that ball sneaks through to Ja'Marr Chase.
Tom from Phoenix, AZ
If cornerback becomes our most apparent vulnerable position on Sunday, what do you think of bringing more pressure on Fields with a constant five-man rush with two down linemen and five linebackers on all potential passing situations: Preston Smith, Jaylon Smith, Rashan Gary, Krys Barnes and Campbell.
I'm not sure what the plan is yet for Jaylon Smith but obviously the best way to help a banged-up secondary is to get after the quarterback, and there's no better way to do that than mixing personnel and sending an extra rusher or two. Joe Barry likes his linebackers and has shown a penchant for threatening with double-A-gap looks. The Packers have probably played more true nickel through five games than they did all last season.
Kyle from Osceola, WI
This year more than any year prior, I feel completely clueless as to whether teams are going to go for it on fourth down or bring out their special teams in most situations. It used to be anything longer than fourth-and-goal from the 2 was a guaranteed kick or punt, except late in the game. Now it seems like it's fourth-and-4 or shorter, anytime, from anywhere on the field. How much more often are teams going for it now compared to in the past?
It feels like a big uptick, particularly with how often teams are going for it inside their own territory lately (including the Packers). I think where we've seen the biggest shift in recent years is teams going for it deep inside the red zone. I think analytics has proven, in most cases, it's worth it to try for the extra four points. Worst-case scenario, you come up empty and the opposition is pinned back deep.
Ferdinand from Woodbury, MN
One last question about the crazy missed FGs last week. I have never seen an erroneous game-winning kick celebration before. If the ball had traveled over the top of the upright (laser beams notwithstanding), what is the definition of a made kick? Any part of the ball above the upright, all of the ball or over 50% of the ball? Ultimately, the ultimate judgement call, but what is the rule?
It is somewhat subjective but the letter of the law reads the uprights extend to the heavens. If it's determined the ball crossed over the top of the upright and not inside of it, then it should be ruled "no good." Emphasis on should be.
Mike from Marquette, MI
Thanks for all you guys do. I can't imagine life without the II. Any word on how David Bakhtiari is doing on his rehab? I think he could be eligible to play as soon as the Washington game, but is that even close to realistic?
Bakhtiari is doing well by all accounts. While Bakhtiari is eligible to begin practicing next week, one thing to keep in mind is the Packers travel to Arizona for Thursday Night Football right after the home game against Washington. I would think a more realistic option would be after the Cardinals game, but I also didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. Bakhtiari will be back when the doctors and training staff feel it's safe for him to return.
Scott from Grovetown, GA
Greetings. I'm wondering what three games do you have circled on the Packers' remaining schedule? I can't get below five myself, and even that is conceding some potential great matchups and/or trap games. Man alive, do they have an awesome schedule of games.
It's a great schedule from a pure entertainment standpoint. Suddenly, that Thursday night game between Green Bay and Arizona has become must-see television, and Baltimore and Cleveland in back-to-back weeks is going to be fun, too. I would say Green Bay and Kansas City but that game was synthesized. It didn't grow in nature, so I don't count it.
Andrew from Placentia, CA
Hi Wes, adding to Derek from Eau Claire's comment, my 4-year-old said yesterday over dinner, "Dad, I hope the Packers kick the ball between the yellow poles next time!" Your little fella is just a few months younger than mine: Do you have any good stories of sharing Packers moments with him?
Not on game day, unfortunately. But one of my favorite things my wife does is surprise me by occasionally dropping by at training camp with our son. He still doesn't quite understand what I do for a living other than, "Daddy has to go to work." Regardless, what an awesome memory for you and your 4-year-old, though.
Lee from Pardeeville, WI
I am glad to see that both a fellow Inboxer as well as the Insiders noticed that they cut to Kevin King immediately after the Chase touchdown. It felt unjust because up to that point I thought he had put some great football on tape and they were driving a narrative. My question is, is that an honest mistake by the camera man, or were they actually attempting to drive a narrative because the CheeseheadTV livestream chat was immediately up in arms over "King's blown coverage"?
I don't think they were trying to drive a narrative. TV productions are organized chaos and it's possible King was just the crestfallen player they chose to cut to. But if that was deliberate, then it was one of the laziest things I've seen from a production standpoint.
Scott from Lincoln City, OR
Weston, haven't you learned by now that what happens in the press box stays in the press box?
I haven't been in many press boxes lately, Scott. I'm starting to forget the rules.
Ted from Beaverton, OR
"There aren't many 12s and 17s out there." If that is not engraved somewhere by now, it should be.
Yes, it should be – directly on Spoff's bicep, underneath the "Pride of Platteville" tattoo.
Jeffrey from Eveleth, MN
Two best Mike McCarthy quotes: "I'm not in the mood for drama tonight," (after the Fail Mary game) and "Mason Crosby is our kicker," after the bad game with Detroit.
No, love for "Statistics are for losers," huh?