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Inbox: The damage done between the tackles was stunning

The combination will win a lot of games

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Dan from Rothschild, WI

Not to get ahead of ourselves, but our magic number is 3.

For the first goal.

Daniel from Los Angeles, CA

This offense is scary when the running game is established. Also, great to see Allen Lazard did not suffer anything serious.

On the former, took the words right from my keyboard. On the latter, that's one tough dude.

Al from Green Bay, WI

Was this the complete game we have been clamoring to see?

Offensively, yes. Defensively, pretty darn close through three quarters. Until they relaxed and let the Bears run clock in the fourth, the defense gave up one big play, allowed one TD drive, and generated three turnovers. Hard to ask for much more.

Robert from Seattle, WA

Marquez Valdes-Scantling not targeted once by Aaron Rodgers. Carryover from last week? Also why do we always go into soft mode and allow teams to get 10-plus yards per play?

You're really going to go into nit-pick mode after a game the Packers were dominating 41-10 after three quarters? Really?

Donny from Green Bay, WI

I try and watch the postgame press conferences and one thing I continue to be impressed with is Matt LaFleur's leadership and humble nature. He seems like such a Midwest nice guy, but he refuses to take credit for good plays, scheme or overall plan. He continually reflects on the players and has such an aww-shucks attitude. I find it refreshing. Please tell me he's the same person when you bounce into him in the hallways, elevator or cafeteria. Good to know nice guys can finish first.

There's no bumping into him this year, but what you see is what you get with LaFleur. He's the first to give credit to the players for successes and the first to blame himself for failures. With the latter, I'm sure he cuts the players no slack behind closed doors, but he's fostered a culture of caring and accountability that works.

Jack from New York, NY

Elgton Jenkins is one special player. Could easily be the unsung hero of this team. In your opinion, what has made him achieve success playing all five positions on the offensive line without blinking an eye going about it? Maybe he just loves to play so much and doesn't care where he's playing. He's such a team player and so glad he's a Packer!

He's just really talented. I don't know how else to describe it. In baseball you have natural hitters, and in basketball you have natural shooters. He's a natural offensive lineman. Born for it.

Jon from Charlottesville, VA

Good morning Insiders! That was an incredibly dominant win by the Packers. I know the NFL is a week-to-week league, but what makes the Packers able to drop 41 on the Bears with ease but struggle to get a first down against other top-notch defenses like the Colts and Bucs? Is it that the Packers are familiar with the Bears, or is it more about how they match up? Thanks and keep up the good work!

Matchups are always a factor. Familiarity cuts both ways. Mainly, it is a week-to-week league, and momentum within games is real. Which also cuts both ways.

Joseph from Salt Lake City, UT

Does anyone else feel like the Saints should have had to give one of their QBs to the Broncos for the day? Kinda like at recess after the teams were picked and everyone just knew it was wildly unfair, so you just shuffled up before the game even started.

There are no apologies in the NFL, and there are even fewer in the season of COVID. The Broncos QBs put their team in that position. All they had to do was follow the rules and that wouldn't have happened.

Brian from Bemidji, MN

I know it's been talked about before, but to listen to Aaron Rodgers dissect a play (Davante Adams TD) is amazing. I can watch a play five times in slow-mo and not see all that he does in real time once. Truly a savant of the game.

And he'll remember that entire description 10 years from now, too.

Lee from Long Beach, CA

That has to be the most efficient 211-yard game by a quarterback?

182 rushing yards will have that effect.

Keith from Truro, Nova Scotia

Wow! What in the name of God was Carolina thinking, passing on third down from the Vikings' 3 with 1:51 on the clock and up by 3. Run the ball even if you don't make it you use up some clock time and force the Vikings to use a timeout. You can't give Cousins that much time. You see what happened.

I actually didn't mind the decision to try to seal the win. It's a tough call – run the ball to keep the clock ticking, kick the FG to go up 6 and give the Vikes the ball back with about a minute left; or go for the win with the offense on the field. FOX never gave viewers a legitimate look at how Bridgewater and Moore didn't connect on the play with Moore getting hurt, because he was wide open in the end zone.

Ryan from Noblesville, IN

Statement game for the rest of the regular season, TENNESSEE! Do you agree Mr. Mike?

The Titans survived their lull, losing three of four, and have come back out the other side stronger than ever. Vrabel got that team to peak in January last year and make a run. It sure looks like they're rising toward another peak now.

T from Waterloo, IA

Welcome back, Preston Smith.

Let's see what that means moving forward, shall we? Same with Darnell Savage. Two guys in the midst of quiet seasons had loud nights. Stay tuned.

Benjamin from Menomonee Falls, WI

I sure hope Savage is OK. That was the type of game I was hoping to see from him all year!

He showed his instinct and athleticism on both of those picks. His reads were a tick ahead. The fact that he spoke to the media after the game I took as a good sign regarding his back injury.

Benjamin from Evergreen Park, IL

With the rule changes to protect the quarterback, is a running quarterback an advantage to the offense in the NFL? Kyler Murray, Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson don't take the hits that Michael Vick took. Does a fine outweigh the benefit of a good clean shot?

Running QBs who play it smart and don't get reckless definitely have an advantage. Defenders are always leery, which is what the league wants. First it might be a fine, but repeat offenders get suspensions and lose full game checks.

Zach from Delavan, WI

Good Morning! Zero sacks, zero hits, only eight hurries on a soon-to-be 37-year-old QB. Outstanding protection! How much of that feat from the O-line had to do with how balanced and successful the run attack was? Bears' D-line never looked settled in.

The Bears' front missed Akiem Hicks, badly. He's clearly the linchpin to that defense, and the hardest game to adjust without one of your top guys is always the first one. That said, the Packers' offensive line was dominant. Right from the first series, the line of scrimmage was being moved significantly on every run. The damage done between the tackles was stunning to see against a Chicago defense.

Andrew from New York, NY

100 wins all-time against the Bears. I feel like the team should put up a banner or plaque to commemorate the achievement.

Why? The plan is for that total to last only five weeks.

Nick from Seattle, WA

Fellas! What is the most wins any one team has vs. another all-time in the NFL?

The New York Giants have 105 wins over Washington, and Green Bay has 103 over Detroit. I think those are the most.

Dick from Four Oaks, NC

I'm confused. Over the weekend, several articles reported that the Texans had "released" or "cut" Kenny Stills. Yet, most of those articles went on to talk about Stills being subject to waivers. I've always thought that if you were released or cut, you automatically became a free agent, not subject to waivers. Clarification, please and thank you.

A vested veteran, like Stills, is still subject to waivers if he's released after the trading deadline.

Chuck from Gold Canyon, AZ

Hello, Mike. With the NFL shutting down all team facilities for two days and the rescheduling of at least two games this week, it seems almost inevitable that either an 18th week or 16-team playoff will occur. My preference would be the 18th week as I would not consider it fair to change away from the bye for the best record late in the season. What would your preference be?

Definitely the 18th week would be preferable. It may become a reality soon enough if the Ravens' outbreak has not died down and they can't play on Tuesday.

Lambeau Field hosted a matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020.

Bill from Casa Grande, AZ

It's just been announced if the Steelers-Ravens game is postponed again, there will be a televising of the Origami World Championship. It'll be on PaperView. (I'm not proud.)

Please see yourself out.

Jake from Albuquerque, NM

I was a bit disappointed when the score was 41-10 and the defense failed to show a killer instinct. That would do them well for the remaining five games and the playoffs.

If the Packers had shut down the Bears while up 31 it wouldn't have meant anything for next week, next month or the playoffs, in my opinion. It's called garbage time for a reason. Take each game as it comes.

Dan from Rice Lake, WI

Congrats to Sarah Fuller of Vanderbilt. If her leg strength can get it done, more power to her!

Cool moment in an otherwise very uncool year.

Nick from Hopkins, MN

If the Bucs don't win the Super Bowl this year, do you think signing Brady can be considered an organizationally sound move? There is zero guarantee that his skillset or health will remain constant and they have no plan B that I know of, and so would find themselves having to build around a likely mid-to-low first-rounder or another FA pickup. Or is he just too historically good to pass on no matter what?

The Buccaneers haven't been to the playoffs since 2007 and haven't won a playoff game since their lone Super Bowl title following the 2002 season. Signing him when he came available made all the sense in the world for them.

Darren from Oklahoma City, OK

Is it wrong to refer to a tight end as a graceful tank?

Not at all. It sounds like a line for one of Dean's pregame poems.

Hugh from Leicester, NC

"...an onslaught of crisp offense and big-play defense." Have the 2020 Packers now found their identity?

Did you like that line? The combination will win a lot of games, I know that.

Lars from Minneapolis, MN

Bears lose, Rams lose, Cardinals lose, Bucs lose, Saints obviously weren't going to lose. Lots to be thankful for!

Go Eagles. Happy Monday.

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