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Teams that hit don't like being hit

Was the "Fail Mary" referee deserving of ridicule?


Chris from Burlington, Canada

The story line throughout the week is going to be focused around Seattle's secondary and Aaron's one leg, but I believe, like the Dallas game, it's going to come down to the big guys. If our offensive line can give Aaron the help he got in the Dallas game, I think we have the wideouts that can make just enough separation for Aaron's pinpoint accuracy.

Aaron Rodgers' admitted lack of mobility is the storyline for this week, and in my mind that shines the spotlight on the Packers offensive line and its charge to protect Rodgers against what is likely to be a concentrated effort by the Seahawks to rush, affect and sack the quarterback.

Pat from Altoona, WI

Do you agree teams with a really good 4-3 defense are teams that have been drafting high for some time? It just seems to me you don't find the big, dominant guys up front drafting in the bottom half of the order.

That's why I favor the 3-4. You can find two-gappers in the later rounds, and you can find the rush-backers from the too-small defensive ends on whom the 4-3 teams pass.

Tom from Woodbury, MN

I saw this morning the referee from the Seattle game a couple of years ago is still suffering depression from that call. I wonder if there isn't some way the Green Bay fans can help? Maybe a Facebook signup to wish him better health or something. We all need to move past it, including the referees.

Maybe the next time something like that happens, we'll remember that it's just a game and nobody's mistake is deserving of ridicule that would ruin a person's life. That was a game without consequence, unless you're the poor referee that made an honest mistake.

Jeff from Kenosha, WI

Vic, all anyone has to do to see the perils of free agency is look to Denver. Elway spent and spent and in the end it didn't work. Now the organization is in disarray and I think it's going to be a long time before they are competitive again.

Not so fast, my friend. A big decision looms: Restructure, push money out and lengthen the recovery, or cut, gut and bite the bullet now? It's been my experience that denial usually precedes acceptance.

Tony from Bronxville, NY

Vic, if you were the Seattle defensive coordinator, how would you attack Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense?

I think everybody knows what the Seahawks are going to try to do. With the coverage skills of their defensive backs, the Seahawks are likely to bring the house at Rodgers. Wouldn't you?

Seth from Des Moines, IA

Vic, I know the season is not over, but who gets your most improved player award this year?

Morgan Burnett.

Scott from Wausau, WI

Vic, Marcus Mariota may have been the second-best QB on the field last night. Cardale Jones continues to impress. Does Mariota's draft stock take a hit due to the outcome of the game, and possibly his injury?

He has extreme talent and huge upside, but I grew even more concerned last night about the lack of exposure to seeing him set his feet and throw. I wouldn't want the first pick of this draft unless I didn't need a quarterback.

Cory from Bozeman, MT

My friend and I are traveling to Seattle to represent the Packers fan base. What matchup do you feel the Packers must win to come out on top this game?

They won't be playing against each other, but it's no less a matchup. I believe Eddie Lacy must rush for more yards than Marshawn Lynch for the Packers to win this game. I espoused the same about Lacy and DeMarco Murray, and it didn't turn out that way, but that was largely the result of Lacy getting fewer carries than Murray. Lacy rushed for 5.3 yards per carry, Murray for 4.9. I've written this before, and I still believe it to be true: You beat physical teams such as the Seahawks by running the ball on them. Those types of teams lose a sense of themselves when they don't win the battle of the line of scrimmage. Teams that hit don't like being hit.

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