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Dave from Edina, MN

The single most important game remaining on the schedule is always the next one. Just beat the Vikings.

It's cliché but you can't look past Minnesota, especially with fans back in U.S. Bank Stadium this year. The Packers know what they're in for. It's one of the loudest venues in the NFL. The taillights line is clever and amusing, but the Packers gotta push them to the parking lot. Because, otherwise, those fans are going to bring it.

Robert from Chandler, AZ

I grew up watching the great free safety, Willie Wood, play "centerfield" for the Lombardi Packers. Now, I am enjoying some late-in-life deja vu when Adrian Amos flies out of nowhere to break up a play or intercept. Would you describe Amos as a classic "free" safety...or does his responsibility on our defense change play to play?

Amos can do both. He can play centerfield like a free but probably has done more "strong safety" work in GB with how much he plays in the box. There is so much beauty in how he plays the game. Amos is so consistent with everything he does, whether it's his tackling, the way he attacks the football, or his overall discipline. Seriously, how many penalties has Amos had been flagged for since coming to Green Bay? Like two? That's noteworthy with how often he's asked to play in the box and cover.

Shannon from Ovilla, TX

Ironic how everyone bashed Gutey for the AJ Dillon pick last year but are praising him now. Maybe he knows more about building a team than fans and talking heads.

It's part of the gig. It honestly was good foresight on Brian Gutekunst's part. The Packers had both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams approaching free agency. It was highly unlikely Green Bay could keep both and drafting Dillon gave the offense a good fallback option if neither veteran returned. Fortunately, the Packers got the best of both worlds – they re-signed Jones after a Pro Bowl season while Dillon has continued to blossom.

Garth from Portland, OR

Hello II. My son and I were watching the game on Sunday and noticed that when Marcedes Lewis caught a pass, there was a big dawg bark played over the PA. Is that new or has that been going on for a while?

I don't know where that came from or how it started, but it's been a great addition to the gameday experience this season. Fans were into it, too.

Julius from Providence, RI

In the Rock Report on Dillon's 50-yard reception, he pointed out how Davante Adams celebrated MVS's block, but it looked to me that instead he could have continued to block Wagner and kept him from making that tackle. Is that something concerning? It also looked like he realized it a few seconds later and started to hustle after him.

I asked Adams about that whole sequence on Wednesday. With how the game is officiated these days, Adams was locked onto the official to make sure Marquez Valdes-Scantling wasn't going to be flagged. When Valdes-Scantling wasn't, you can see Adams begin to fist-pump because of what he called "the perfect block." The thing about having AJ Dillon as a running back is a play is never over. Adams thought Dillon was going to get tackled but he wound up making that defender miss.

Tucker from Belton, TX

Wes said this was "the best statistical defense he's covered," which seems to imply that he might have another defense he covered that he thinks was better overall. Any thoughts on which defense that might be?

Spoff was right in his response. The 2014 defense, post-bye, was the best defense I've covered. I know that switch inside probably wasn't the easiest pill for Clay Matthews to swallow but he showed a lot of selflessness by agreeing to it. That allowed Green Bay to put its best 11 on the field.

John from Denton, TX

As a new owner of the Packers, I wanted to let you both know you're doing a great job and I will use my influence to see if we can't get you guys a pay bump. Wow, that was fun to type. Could you talk (write) about Eric Stokes and the fantastic work he's putting in as a rookie? I cannot wait to see this team with two lockdown corners.

The Packers want Jaire Alexander back. They need Jaire Alexander back. But one silver lining to missing him the past six weeks is it's proven the Packers' secondary is more than just their All-Pro cornerback. Stokes, Kevin King, Chandon Sullivan and Rasul Douglas are pretty darn good, as well. More on Stokes later today on packers.com.

Mark from Sturgeon Bay, WI

Has there been an issue with DB's rehab? If not, why would the team activate him so soon just to have him inactive for so many games? I know they had to activate him within 21 days of coming off the injury list, but if he wasn't ready, wouldn't it have made more sense to leave him on the list a bit longer so he could have played sooner and not take up a roster spot that someone else could have used?

David Bakhtiari needed to be activated at some point, Mark. In order to practice, Bakhtiari had to come off PUP. As O-line coach Adam Stenavich said on Wednesday, Bakhtiari is doing well but he's having to make up for a lot of lost time right now. We should (hopefully) learn more about the plan moving forward for Bakhtiari today.

Logan from Lamar, CO

Looking back, it's hard to believe that Jefferson was the FIFTH wideout taken in 2020. Thirteen drafted in top two rounds; talk about a stacked class! What's been your overall impressions of the group so far?

Interesting. A lot of talent but the production has been all over the map, and then there's the unfortunate situation that unfolded in Vegas with Henry Ruggs. By-and-large, Justin Jefferson clearly is the best of those 13. He's 22 years old and can pretty much do it all. The chemistry he's developed in less than two years with Kirk Cousins has been incredible to watch.

Randy from Ooltewah, TN

"SKOL, Vikings." Or to translate: "Still Keep On Losing, Vikings!" Question: Can our defense contain Dalvin Cook this weekend to make the Vikings one-dimensional offensively? And is that one of the biggest keys to getting a victory in this game?

Cook will test the Packers' front more than any running back this defense has faced this season. The Packers have had success defending the run with a light box but this is probably a game for more traditional 3-4 and nickel defenses. Cook presents a very real threat.

Brian from Sussex, WI

If overall records equal, Dallas could get No. 1 seed over GB based on record of common opponents. MN is one of those, so adds importance beyond division game this week. Dallas' common opponents left are KC, Arizona, Wash, and NO. I know winning division is priority No. 1, but once GB has a lead, I cheer against the team Packers don't play with possibility of higher playoff seed. If deserving, GB has to beat who they play, but depend on help for teams they don't play.

Hmm…I sort of got confused. I ain't going to lie to you. Halfway through your submission, I stopped reading. You guys can talk all you want about No. 1 seeds, but I am big-time proponent of Mike McCarthy's idiom on how you need to win 10 games before this becomes a real discussion.

Steven from Silver Spring, MD

Randall Cobb has been a great addition to the receiving corps and most notably his health and explosion seem to be as good as ever. It is quite a difference from his last year's in '17 and '18. Has he attributed his health to anything he changed or gained in another location? Was it just luck?

I love the reincarnation of Randall Cobb. His total snaps are down (307, 48%) but I like what Cobb is giving this offense when he's on the field. He is a sure-handed playmaker who can still be a go-to receiver when needed. I believe he's going to win a game for the Packers as some point this season.

Wayne from Stevens Point, WI

Not a question but a follow-up on the Miami Dolphins' 2014 third-round pick, William Mason Turner, moving early. If there isn't a penalty for a pre-snap violation, then Turner is the first person moving on many snaps. Has been all season. He throws his leg out. It doesn't get called and because he's often exposed on the end of the line, it must be right and legal.

Stenavich commended Turner for how quick he is off the snap. Are there some that might be "a little bit false start-ish?" Perhaps, but games are won and lost on the edge by who gets that first step. More often than not, Turner is winning that battle.

Chris from Bettendorf, IA

During the chat, it was mentioned about blitzing more with the injuries at OLB. Could that be more of an option this week as Kirk Cousins is nowhere near as mobile as the last three QBs the Packers have faced? My guess is it will depend on the effectiveness of a four-man rush. Hopefully the secondary continues its level of play and gives the pass rush time to get home, regardless of how many are coming.

The Packers were down to the felt with their pass rushers last week and still were generating pressure on Russell Wilson late in that ball game. Cousins is definitely a blitz candidate now and then, but Green Bay hasn't needed to play that card very often this year. We'll see what Sunday holds.

Dave from Roswell, GA

With the Pack being so thin at OLB will they switch up to a 4-3?

That's not how it works.

The Green Bay Packers held practice on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, inside the Don Hutson Center ahead of the Week 11 matchup vs. Minnesota Vikings.

Madeline from Lake Balboa, CA

Are the coaches considering pulling Mason Crosby until he gets his mojo back? It's kind of obvious when the camera pans to him prior to a FG attempt he has already missed it in his head. What is Crosby doing to get past his mental block?

I've covered Crosby for 10 years, including the nightmarish 2012 season. While we can't talk with him like we did back then, I wouldn't categorize this as a "mental block." I feel like the field-goal unit's struggles are due more to a lack of execution than a lack of confidence. Good kickers are difficult to find, which is why you gotta stand by those guys.

John from Topeka, KS

It's unendingly impressive to me how the NFL has consistently defined parity in league sports. The Packers can't overlook any team, on any week. For every blowout we've rung up on some low-ranked opponent, we've laid an egg versus another similarly ranked team. Everybody knows how to play, so it always comes down to a combination of luck (in injuries and the way the prolate spheroid bounces) and how well they do their jobs. At the risk of beating a dead horse, "just beat the football team."

People had fun with Urban Meyer's comment earlier this year about how every week is like playing Alabama in the NFL, but there is a lot of truth to that. It's a league of parity and there isn't a whole that separates a good win-loss team from a bad one.

Steve from Ankeny, IA

Wow, until watching WYMM, I never really paid attention to all the precision that goes into the blocking to make a screen play work. Not just by the big guys, but the receivers all took their turns making huge blocks. And my hat goes off to the unsung heroes of football, the tight ends. They do so much more than catch the football! Thanks for the breakdown, Mike.

Mike had a good blow-by-blow of a couple screens the Packers set up against the Seahawks. Be sure to check it out if you haven't already.

Nick from Richmond, VA

Follow up to Jake's question about Aaron Rodgers being off-target a lot: He said in his Pat McAfee Tuesday interview he was having trouble getting a read on the wind. It's definitely worth checking it out to get his full explanation.

It's worth watching to get Rodgers' full perspective on the game. This toe thing is something to monitor, but all-in-all, I'm not too concerned. Rodgers has been doing this for a long time. He'll be ready.

Ray from Phoenix, AZ

When a player moves from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, is he paid more money as a roster bonus or is he paid the same as he was on the practice squad?

That player receives a game check concurrent with his experience level. So, a rookie would receive the prorated amount (1/18th) of the base minimum for this season.

Chris from Amarillo, TX

Sounds like Tim Boyle is going to get the nod this weekend. You gotta be excited, eh, Wes? Weren't you the one talking him up in the offseason?

This offseason? More like since Day 2 (I think Michael Cohen and Andy Herman probably get the Day 1 credit). I can't say I'm unbiased as it relates to Tim Boyle, the human, but I'm pretty high on Tim Boyle, the quarterback, too. If Tim gets his opportunity, I hope he lights it up. He's one of my all-time favorites. TBLS 4 Life.

Clipton from Pasadena, CA

One word: Trap game.

Two words: Stop.

John from West Salem, WI

So Wes, I just watched "Unscripted" (for the second time) and was looking for big changes! After all the build-up about the new glasses, I was expecting some sort of 1970s "Elton John-ish" style! Instead, we got pretty much the "Same ol', same ol'." Come on Wes, step out of the comfort zone!

I am whatever you say I am. If I wasn't, then why would I say I am?

Eddie from Onalaska, WI

Today (Nov. 17) is my birthday, and all I want for my birthday is a Packer score of 17-0 this Sunday. 17-0 every quarter, for a grand total of 68-0! Is that too much to ask?

Possibly but you never know. Speaking of birthdays, I want to wish my dad, Pa Hod, a very happy 60th birthday. He is my hero and I wouldn't be where I am today without him. Hopefully, the Packers will grant me a few hours off so I can celebrate it with him tonight. Have a great Thursday, folks!

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