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Packers making opponents pick their poison

Packers of 2010 showed us what look out looks like


Peter from Toledo, OH

Vic, give us some clues as to what look out will look like and when.

It'll look like that 45-17 win over the Giants in 2010, and at about the same time of the season. The combination produces a look-out team for the playoffs.

Kevin from Minneapolis, MN

Rodgers is playing well, but you can't possibly believe he is playing the best football of his career, can you?

Why not? Because his stats aren't as good as they were in 2011? Rodgers is doing more now than he did then. He's doing more at the line of scrimmage. It is completely his offense and he's running it masterfully. He's throwing the ball away instead of taking sacks. He's using the running game. He's assumed the role as the team's leader. He's never meant more to this team than he does now. He's doing it all.

Ian from Chicago, IL

Vic, what rule change in the past 50 years has made the largest impact on the game?

I think the 1978 rule that allowed offensive linemen to use their hands to block would be a likely choice. It changed the game in almost every way. It made football a passing game. It also caused the game to be played higher and more with the arms and feet and less with the shoulders and hips. It literally changed the body types of the men who play the game. It gave us an explosion of offense that has rewritten the record book.

Mark from Stewartville, MN

Vic, how about these scores from college football this past weekend: Oregon 62, Washington State 38; Michigan 63, Indiana 47; BYU 47, Houston 46; Wisconsin 56, Illinois 32. Why are so many college football games turning into track meets?

Twenty hours a week isn't enough time to teach defense, especially when the rules are being changed constantly to favor offense. It's nearly impossible to keep up with the schemes college defenses are facing today. That's part of the reason for the big scores. The other part is that college football has traditionally put its best athletes on offense so, immediately, defenses are at a disadvantage. Powerhouses such as Alabama, for example, recruit so many good athletes that they have enough for both sides of the ball.

Shane from Brodhead, WI

Talk about bad luck. Is it just me or does it seem Finley gets hurt right as he's starting to break out?

That's the shame of it. He was taking his career to a new high. Hopefully, the news will be good and he'll get back to where he was when he broke three tackles to score the first touchdown of Sunday's game. That was Jermichael Finley at his best.

Chris from Monroe, WI

Finley, Jay Cutler, Sam Bradford, Brian Cushing, Reggie Wayne, Leon Hall … and we still have a game tonight.

Doug Martin, Lance Briggs … the Packers aren't the only team losing players to injury. It's a game of replacement, for everybody.

Nikolas from Chicago, IL

"As a defense, you have to try to take away Aaron Rodgers. He's that good. When you do, you just open up the run game. You've just got to pick your poison."—Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns. That was the goal, and teams now should be intimidated.

Last season, the Packers only had one poison, and everybody picked it.

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