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Inbox: The margins are always slim

Any road win in this league can serve as a catalyst


Brian from Adel, IA

Can we rename Friday's II Overreaction Inbox?

I said weeks ago the reaction to this game would be over the top, no matter the result. Easiest prediction ever. I'll zero in on the serenity amidst the insanity.

Eric from Brooklyn, NY

Don't tell me to relax. This is incontrovertible proof that they're winning the Super Bowl this year!

Or not.

Joe from Las Vegas, NV

That'll do!

I said to Wes as we were waiting to board the plane that the game was Exhibit A as to never knowing what you're going to get in Week 1.

Brian from Alta Vista, IA

The Bears decided to stick with their guy at kicker but didn't trust him to make a 50-yard field goal?

It would have been from 51, and while I don't think it was a total head-scratcher in a game where field position was paramount and scoring opportunities were at a premium, you can't spend all season going for it from between the 30 and 35. At least I don't think you can.

Sal from Hailey, ID

This will probably be 80% of II Qs today, but I have to ask it anyway. The defense (on both sides) played to win. Gute and Pettine (and ML) knew what they were building. But...our offense isn't that bad, right? Or is it my green-and-gold glasses clouding my view?

The offense still has Aaron Rodgers and doesn't have to face the Bears' defense again until mid-December. It wasn't good enough Thursday, but I'm not drawing any grand conclusions after one game, on the road, against a top-flight defense.

Jeremy from Evansville

Did we just watch a showdown between two of the best defenses in the league? I think there's a lot more to come from both of these clubs.

I need to see more of Green Bay's defense, too, because I expected better from Trubisky to start Year 3, but he rarely looked comfortable and the Packers had a lot to do with that. I agree with your concluding sentiment.

Drew from Oakdale, MN

If the season ended today, JK Scott would be NFL MVP.

Scott is a popular choice for game MVP, and certainly a viable one, but if I were to pick another, I'd go with Preston Smith. I thought he played a great all-around game against run and pass.

Ed from Appleton, WI

"JK Scott, up way past his bedtime on a school night, cranks another 63-yard punt." Brilliant Weston, loved this blog entry! LOL, as the kids text (and I, as an old guy, actually laughed out loud).

Wes heard me, so he heard you, too.

Jonnie from Garden City, MI

I think we finally saw what happens when the defensive backs and the pass rush complement each other's work. I'm excited to see what kind of progress the offense can make in the coming weeks, too. What do the Packers need to do to get the ground game rolling, or will that area improve because they won't be playing the Bears' defense every week?

That Chicago front is impressive, and all it takes is one to wreck any given play. The Packers' offensive line did not have its best night, but it's a veteran group that knows how to shore things up. It's also got a lot of pride, and I say that in a respectful way. They'll make this coming week tough on themselves.

Brent from Raleigh, NC

I know that offensive holding is a "point of emphasis" this year, but if tonight is any indication, we're in for loooonnng games and a long season, don't you think?

That's how it was called in the preseason. Everyone was warned.

Tim from Reno, NV

The old adage rings true again. If you're going to win one stat, make it turnover differential. It felt like it was coming, and what a good time for it!

I figured the Packers would get one at some point against Trubisky, and yes, the timing was perfect. Not turning the ball over against that Bears' defense was the bigger accomplishment. I still wonder if that ball off Graham's foot would have been a pick had Roquan Smith held on. I never got a good look at a replay.

Michael from Camden, SC

Not a question but more of an observation. The last two NFL games played have combined for 23 offensive points. The losing team combined six points. I may be old school but it sure is fun to see defenses take control of games.

The previous one because polished defenses had two weeks to prepare. This latest one because Week 1 is inherently unpredictable.

Tim from Lino Lakes, MN

I thought Savage switched to 21. What happened? Is he wearing 26 all year now?

Apparently, but Greene is sticking with 24.

Sue from Tomah, WI

With players like Antonio Brown who causes (in my opinion) more trouble than he is worth, does there ever come a time when a team/manager/owner just says "Enough...you're fired!" Assuming a suspension that voids the contract, is there a point of no return? No employer would put up with antics like his in the "real" world.

I don't want to get into a whole discussion about Antonio Brown, but I'll just say two things. First, there's a lengthy list of reasons both sides sign a contract, and this is on it. Second, Mike Tomlin's well-heralded abilities as a leader of men have risen immensely in my humble estimation.

Jim from Bluffton, SC

It has been reported that Curtis Bolton has a torn ACL. If not for this injury, he might have been a starter today. What is the status of Bolton and Green Bay?

Tough break for Bolton, and I wish him the best in his recovery. He is on the Packers' injured reserve list. He will stay there unless both sides decide to do an injury settlement.

Packer 1919 from Cedar Rapids, IA

I looked at Elliott's contract and it seems like the guaranteed money is including "roster bonuses." I thought these are only paid if a player is on the team at the start of the season, so not guaranteed? If not guaranteed then I would think the Cowboys got a great deal regarding the contract salary cap hits in the future if Elliott is not on the team for whatever reason.

The Cowboys protected themselves if Elliott's career or health go awry. My understanding is he has future salaries that become guaranteed if he's on the roster on certain offseason dates. So Dallas has a couple of outs if needed.

Aaron from Forest Grove, OR

If you or the readers are need of a good story, check out Mike Silver's article on D. Adams. He's had quite an incredible journey to get to where he is today as I'm sure you know. It's refreshing how humble he has remained throughout all of it. Hard not to pull for a guy like him.

Adams and James Jones got to know each other before Adams was ever drafted, and there's some kinship in the rough moments of their upbringings. I remember noticing, and writing, in 2015 when J.J. came back how close those two were.

The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears kicked off the NFL's 100th season at Soldier Field.