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Sunday’s performance will go a long way for Kingsley Keke

WR Randall Cobb

Kristen from Glendale, AZ

I gotta admit. I got emotional watching the team celebrate after Randall Cobb's touchdowns. I'm a nostalgic person and that was pretty sweet. Do you think the rest of the team grasps/appreciates the significance and history of Aaron Rodgers and Cobb being back together?

It was neat listening to AJ Dillon talk after the game about being starstruck the first time the Packers' second-year running back met Cobb. You tend to forget he only played with like 15 players on the current roster. He's not a kid anymore but Cobb is as smart and instinctive as receivers come. He has an innate ability to find separation in the middle of the field. It was a special night in a special career and there are still plenty of chapters left to be written.

Tyler from Toledo, OH

Didn't see a lot of Davante Adams' usual production against the Steelers. How much of that is attributed to the absence of Marquez Valdes-Scantling? Seems like his ability to stretch the field opens so much for "17" and others.

Losing Marquez Valdes-Scantling hurts, but I think the Steelers would've keyed in on Adams regardless. Rodgers, half-joking, said he probably threw to Adams every time he was single covered…which wasn't much. If that's the way defenses are going to play Adams, then other skill-position players must step up. On Sunday, in their own ways, Cobb and Dillon made the Steelers pay.

Clay from Goodyear , AZ

Yosh Nijman, Oren Burks, Chandon Sullivan, and Jonathan Garvin are all getting opportunities we didn't foresee, and seem to be doing pretty well. Who is making the most of it?

Nijman, just because of the importance of that position and all the unknowns surrounding a former undrafted free agent. The Packers have invested two calendar years in developing Nijman into an NFL left tackle and you can see why. He's a big, athletic tackle with good feet – and he's obviously learned a great deal from Adam Stenavich and Luke Butkus. Hopefully, the Packers will have David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins back by the end of the month but Nijman has shown he can handle his own.

Chun from El Monte, CA

The O-line stepped up again against one of the best front sevens. This unit is only going to get better and deeper with the return of Bak.

Yeah. Those young guys are learning a lot of valuable lessons right now.

Sean from Cortland, NY

As usual there are many things that can be discussed and dissected after a game. However, the one thing I keep going back to in my mind is where our offensive line will be in a couple months. If we can get back to healthy and have the true top five out there, with the added depth/experience that we are developing for future hurdles that may come up is invaluable. Where does this line and its depth rank in your opinion among previous lines that you have covered?

I wrote over the summer this is the deepest offensive line the Packers have had during my time on the beat. I'm not saying it's better than 2014 or even last year, but there are so many ways LaFleur and Stenavich can turn depending on who's available. That's invaluable.

Matt from Burlington, WI

Wes, "You don't know if you can only rush four unless you try it." – My Dad. What changed this week that made it successful?

Speed to power. The Packers imposed their will on an O-line that allowed eight sacks through three games. By moving the line of scrimmage, Roethlisberger couldn't step up. Blitzing is important, but the best fronts can find their way to the quarterback with four. The Packers did that against Pittsburgh.

Gary from Elkhorn, WI

Will Eric Stokes continue to start even when Kevin King is healthy?

Starting is a relative term. Reality is the Packers need both of those guys, especially if Jaire Alexander misses time. Stokes is doing a great job out of the gate. There are a few plays he'd like to have back, but Stokes' ball skills are as advertised. He's looking the way a rookie first-round pick should look.

Evan from Appleton, WI

Kingsley Keke's forced fumble on Big Ben was case in point of how the front four has improved on applying pressure. Nothing impresses me more than a DL/DT/NT pushing a 300-plus man straight into a QB or RB to blow up a play.

In the postgame Zoom, you could tell how much that strip sack meant to Keke. It's been a long road back for him. First, the concussion sidelines him in the playoffs and then he misses the first few weeks of training camp with the ankle injury. The Packers are expecting big things from Keke. A performance like that will go a long way for his confidence.

William from Palmdale, CA

Mike, I was so grateful to hear AJ Dillon admit he needed to "high-step" at the end of his long 25-yard scamper. My perspective is his peripheral vision inside the 5 running full speed would have delivered him into the end zone had he high-stepped; perhaps it's easier said than done. Both AJ and his coach (Ben Sirmans) know this, but we're all glad to see him get more touches.

Anytime a back comes a yard short of the end zone, he's going to be kicking himself for it. But that still was a huge play for Dillon. It's obvious what he can do between the tackles, but that run illustrated the type of force he can be running downhill at 247 pounds.

Mike from Toronto, Canada

Dillon had a nice game against the Steelers, including a couple of good receptions with yards after the catch. Is it just me or has he shown big improvement in that area over his rookie year?

While Dillon is an entirely different player than Aaron Jones, I think he's making the same Year 2 strides Jones did as a pass-catcher and pass-protector in 2018.

Joel from Sterling, IL

What does Cincinnati do on offense that the Packers' defense needs to be concerned about?

The Bengals have a fun, innovative offense under Zac Taylor and Joe B at quarterback. Cincy got it right with the Burrow pick. He has all the tools and knows how to win. If Burrow can stay healthy, he's going to be a problem for the NFL.

Karl from Hendersonville, NC

Which will be the two best run defenses we face between now and the bye week?

This one on Sunday is formidable. There aren't a lot of household names but they're getting the job done right now. Logan Wilson is off to a fine start. Larry Ogunjobi got banged up against Jacksonville but has four tackles for loss. B.J. Hill has three sacks, too. It's a talented, disciplined D.

Richard from Farmington Hills, MI

Just want to thank you for keeping the Inbox civil. And I think we need to recognize the contribution Gutey has made to the team with the pickups of Corey Bojorquez and De'Vondre Campbell. How the rest of the league let them slip to the Pack is a mystery but it sure looks like Gutey scored big with both!

I still don't understand why Buffalo let Bojorquez go. He has so much natural leg talent and seems to know how to control it. That's been a huge pickup for Green Bay so far.

Bennett from Green Bay, WI

Good morning II, what would you rate the Packers game in terms of crowd noise, cheering, the wave, etc.

On a scale of 1-10, I think the Lambeau crowd has been an 11 this year. For real. It's the best it's been during my time on the beat. The fans are bringing energy on a defense and staying hushed on offense. A few fans tried to start a "Go Pack Go!" chant while the offense was on the field in the second half and it quickly squelched.

Neal from Ft. Worth, TX

Good morning, Wes. Brady just became the fourth QB to beat all 32 current NFL franchises. I'd venture a guess that Favre is one who accomplished that feat. Do you know who the others are?

Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. Joe Montana and Fran Tarkenton also beat all 28 NFL clubs that were in existence during their playing careers.

Steven from Sauk Rapids, MN

Watching the game, I was livid they picked up the flag for tripping on T.J. Watt. My dad's response was, "I hate that rule. We practiced stuff like that growing up." Whether it should be a rule or not I do not care. What I care about is it going against us two weeks in a row. One being called and one being picked up on a key (red zone) down. How does this get fixed?

That's a tough call for a referee, but what bothered me is the flag was thrown. I have no idea what could've been said in that mini scrum that made the official pick up the flag. If you miss it, you miss it. But if you saw something…what changed? I'm not sure how it gets fixed. But as Mark Murphy wrote in MT5, bad calls have a way of working themselves out in the long run.

Gary from Sheboygan, WI

Insiders, if the Packers meet the Bucs in the playoffs, do they look hard at the tape of the Bucs vs. Patriots game or do they disregard it due to the weather conditions and the number of Bucs DBs who were out?

They log everything, but injuries in the Bucs' secondary notwithstanding, these teams are going to be so different three months from now.

Robert from Orlando, FL

Hi Insiders. When comparing the GB defense to other top defenses across the NFL, it seems like the one position, one key ingredient we've been missing is a true, thumping yet adept coverage MLB (or No. 2). KB is good but it seems we are consistently trying to short-term fix the position with band-aids rather than solving the problem. Is this a fair assessment?

There has been a lot of turnover inside but it's not like the Packers haven't tried to solve "the problem." Signing De'Vondre Campbell was evidence of that. I know they haven't invested a first-round pick into the position, but I still say that's the right move. It's a shaky proposition drafting an inside linebacker in the first round. There have been quite a few first-round busts over the years. Meanwhile, San Francisco and Seattle have unearthed All-Pros in the middle rounds. Green Bay has a good thing going with Campbell and Krys Barnes (once he's cleared).

Jason from Austin, TX

IIs, there have been a lot of "almost" blocks on our field-goal or extra-point attempts. Mason Crosby's game-winning kick against the 49ers was almost blocked and I noticed there was an extra point that was almost blocked as well. It finally happened but was called back from the "offsides" call. I hope they can figure out what's going on because I'd hate to lose a game from a blocked extra point or field goal.

Last week's game-winning field goal against San Francisco was close. This week was too close. Fortunately, the Packers avoided disaster and made both kicks but they have to clean that up. They need to be sneakier with their cadence and shore up those edges. Because Cincinnati is going to be watching that film, just like Pittsburgh was.

Scott from Grovetown, GA

Greetings. Which game will we see GB in those awesome throwbacks?

In three weeks, against Washington.

Lambeau Field hosted a Week 4 matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021.

Gretchen from Dousman, WI

I attended the Green and Gold Gala last Friday night. A wonderful experience and a great cause. As well as mingling with many former players, I was also able to have in-depth conversations with players from the era when I was growing up in GB – Jerry Kramer, Dave Robinson and Marv Fleming. It was special to be able to express my thanks to the three of them for their positive impact on my childhood. To a man they were humble and thankful to be remembered. Heartwarming.

I've never had the privilege of meeting Fleming but Kramer and Robinson are everything that's great about the Packers. They're not only Pro Football Hall of Famers but also two of the greatest ambassadors in this organization's rich history.

Gary from Cross Plains, WI

Here's an interesting observation on the CBS broadcast of the game (which us in the Madison market also got to see right from kickoff). Because of them showing the Titans/Jets in OT everywhere else, they didn't need to break for commercials for entire first quarter of the Packers game. So not only did fans outside WI/Pittsburgh not see the start of the game, but it also was further along when they finally did join in. Jim Nantz even made mention of it during the broadcast since people are so used to the breaks.

I'm sure all the diehard tailgaters out there breathed a collective sigh of relief once the first quarter ended and they could gallop to their nearest latrine.

Richard from Madison, WI

Four of our next five games are on the road, wrapping up vs. the 4-0 Cardinals and always dangerous Chiefs. Does that much travel take a toll?

It's a challenging road stretch, but I don't know if I'd call plane rides to Chicago and Cincinnati taxing. The big test is going to be playing Arizona on Thursday Night Football after the Washington home game.

Scott from Hayward, WI

The Packers have looked solid two weeks in a row now, so I am getting excited. Two Sundays ago, I wondered if the Vikings were that good, or were the Seahawks that bad. On Sunday, I was wondering whether the Vikings are that bad or the Browns are that good. Is it just too early to know?

It's too early to know anything besides what your win-loss record is. The Packers have won three of their first four, putting them on pace for a 12.75-win season.

Shaun from Bayside, WI

I was wondering your thoughts on the Ravens' decision to run the ball at the end of the game just to keep a random stat streak alive. If the Broncos do play the Ravens again this year, it might get ugly.

I wasn't a huge fan of it since it put players on both teams at risk of injury on an otherwise meaningless play. Congrats on the record, I guess.

Monica from Blue Mounds, WI

Regarding the MT5 comment by Doug, I can't believe MM posts some of them, and I think he does it so that we see what people throw at him. His responses are always respectful and can bring a chuckle.

Mark is a better man than I.

Dar from Mansfield , TX

Wes, other than the injury bug popping up, which usually seems to happen this time of year, we Inboxers have a lot about which to be optimistic. The Pack is 3-1 and we even have Lori from Brookfield back on the active roster. Sometimes it feels good to be a part of this community, doesn't it?

It's always a good day when Lori's name pops up in the submissions. A 3-1 start ain't too shabby, either. Make it a great week, everyone.


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