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Packers fans seem to have found confidence

Winning division critical to postseason success


Ben from Columbus, WI

Do you think the Packers will need to win the division this year to make the playoffs?

No, I don't, but it would be a great disappointment if this team doesn't win the NFC North title. I see this as a very promising year. I see this team playing at home in the postseason and being very difficult to beat. In my opinion, winning the division is critical for this team being the best it can be.

Dominic from Islington, UK

Vic, in the holiday spirit of pointless rankings, who would be in the top five GMs of all time?

Ron Wolf would certainly be a candidate. Bill Polian would be another one. Bobby Beathard? Jim Finks? George Young would be my guy. He had a great football mind and he was a great guy.

Noah from Brisbane, Australia

Vic, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia but I sure loved the football. What was your favorite game?

Frankly, they all disappointed me. The spreads were 16, 17 and 23 points. The trend of blowouts continues and it bothers me. Vic to league: Find out why this is happening.

Kim from Fargo, ND

Kaepernick said he wasn't afraid of Sherman and would throw in his direction. Consequently, he threw two interceptions and was lucky it wasn't three. Is this what many Packers fans want to see from Rodgers? Whether he throws toward Revis should be irrelevant. What matters is what is successful. Fans should really stop hanging on every word the media says. Have fans always been this concerned with media guys' opinions?

Yes, no, I don't know. What I do know is we have to let this Richard Sherman thing go. It was just one game. I don't know what it is about this fan base that causes it to obsess about the Sherman thing. It happens. No team is above losing or making a mistake. Not even the Green Bay Packers.

Mary from Casper, WY

Vic, I just spent Thanksgiving in Denver with a lot of displaced Wisconsinites. We all agree this has been the most fun year of the Rodgers era. He has that look in his eye. Do you see Sunday's game as a chess match between two of the best current-day quarterbacks, or is it a chess match between two very successful coaches?

I don't see football as a chess match; I see it as a confrontation. Chess matches are for Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. It's a game for sitting and staring. Football is an action game. I don't see "moves" being nearly as important as the action required to execute those moves. Coaching is very important, but this game will be won or lost by the men creating the action.

Harry from Rochester, NY

Philadelphia and Seattle both made statements yesterday by winning their games on the road against good opponents. Detroit also won its game to keep presssure on the Packers to hold onto the division lead. What kind of statement do you expect the Packers to make on Sunday?

Again, I'm not looking for a statement. This isn't the time for statements because they only last a few days. Statements are for the postseason because your last statement defines your season and lasts a whole offseason. The Packers need to win to hold onto sole possession of first place. If they win, I guess the statement is they held onto sole possession of first place. The same might be said of several games down the stretch.

Terry from New Auburn, WI

I think Sunday will be all about R-E-S-P-E-C-T. The Patriots will know they were beaten by a better team.

My inbox got a shot of confidence overnight. Is there something in turkey that raises confidence?

Jake from Gainesville, FL

Vic, after watching mostly Packers games all season, I was able to see some other teams play on Thanksgiving. I couldn't help but notice that even solid starters like Tony Romo, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson just aren't at the same level as Aaron Rodgers. I think us Packers fans don't appreciate just how good Rodgers is. Maybe we all just need to step back and be thankful for Rodgers and what a privilege we have to be able to have such an incredible quarterback under center on Sundays.

Congratulations! You have achieved perspective.

Jacob from Grand Rapids, MI

I've never played the game, so help me out here: Why are deep balls better against star cornerbacks than short passes?

The great cornerbacks don't give cushions. They have the confidence to play tight and jump routes.

Paul from Syracuse, NY

Vic, what is your thought on the division schedules? Do you think it's fair teams like Seattle, San Francisco and Arizona have to play each other twice to close out the season? Seems to me they should play once each half. I understand they have to play each other eventually.

Unfairness is everywhere. It's part of the charm of the schedule. Championship teams overcome adversity. They don't always like the cards their dealt, but they never, ever complain about them. Just win, baby.

Paul from Jefferson, WI

We know you feel McCarthy is a great coach, but another attribute became apparent to me while watching the Cowboys/Eagles game. Witten, Harris and Bryant aren't able to control their emotions, whereas McCarthy's players always seem in control, regardless if things are good or bad. Your thoughts?

First and foremost, head coaches must be great leaders of men.

Mike from Eagan, MN

Could Julius Peppers stay with Gronk on pass coverage, with maybe a safety over the top? What will be the plan to stop him?

That sounds like a good plan.

Emily from Powhatan, VA

Vic, this isn't really a question; I've just got to say I love reading your column. You have some great sarcasm and I love how you always say to stop worrying.

I needed some nice words today. Thank you.

Rishab from West Fargo, ND

Do you think the Packers could beat the Lions in their final regular season game at Lambeau?

I think that's going to be the question of the year. Could? Sure. Will? We'll find out. The best is yet to come.

Jeff from Savannah, GA

Vic, I get it. What I don't get is why other fans don't get it. You run on cover two and we can now. Last week's game was great. No, we didn't win by 50, but we won by pounding the ball.

In the parlance of run-the-ball football, having the lead, the ball and expiring what's left of the clock without throwing a pass is a blowout, even when the score is 24-21.

Nick from Hugo, MN

When you write your postgame story on Sunday night, what are you hoping to write?

I'm hoping to write about a classic, late-season game that produced a Packers win and a memory that will live with me forever. Am I asking too much? I don't think so.

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