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The time for losing is over

The book of the 2014 Packers heading for a conclusion


Dawood from Maplegrove, MN

How's the heat in Florida this time of year? Something to be concerned about?

Not at this time of the year.

Ryan from Eau Claire, WI

Vic, I applaud your fearless answers in the face of undeserving ridicule. At least this season makes for some good writing, right?

Every season is a good writing year because every team has a story to tell. That's the beautiful thing about my profession. Every story is another page in a chapter of a book that'll be closed and put in the bookcase to be preserved by time. Consider the story of the 2014 Packers. Think of the highlights and lowlights. Think of the turning-point win in Chicago and the worrisome loss in Buffalo. Think of the demoralizing loss in Seattle and the exhilarating win over New England. Think of the ebb and flow of the season and how the emotions of the season have swung from side to side. How will it end? That's what we're about to write in what's left of this season. We're about to write the conclusion. I feel privileged to be able to observe and record.

Seth from Omaha, NE

The Packers offense didn't struggle with a defensive concept, it struggled with an elite defense, just as the Packers did with an elite Seattle defense. Why is that so hard for Packers fans to accept?

Losing is unacceptable. That's the fan perspective, that something could've and should've been done to avoid losing. A different play should've been called.

Blair from Los Angeles, CA

Vic, I just can't help it. I love McCarthy and the staff but they really dropped the ball on this game. It's absolutely players, not plays, and the receivers were getting manhandled, but Lacy was manhandling them. His numbers were astounding.

Don't feel bad. It's only Wednesday. We'll take this all the way to kickoff. Packers fans are dogged.

Robert from Fremont, CA

I have been playing around with the playoff machine on the ESPN website. One fact has been made clear. The playoffs have started for our Packers. We lose, we stay home. With that said, I love where this team is at.

The Packers can lose and still clinch a playoff berth, but even though that's a fact, I'm not sure it's the truth we want to embrace. I agree with you. It's time to win because the time for losing is over.

Evan from Eau Claire, WI

Sunday can't come soon enough.

We're only halfway there. I think the best is yet to come. Monday's inbox was a kind and gentle place. Tuesday's inbox had a snarl to it. Today's inbox is trying to pick a fight. I'm afraid of what tomorrow's inbox will bring. I think the loss in Buffalo is just starting to sink in.

Adam from Palmyra, WI

I'm a Packers fan, Tom, and they don't owe me an apology.

If you ever get to the point that you believe your favorite team owes you an apology for having lost, then you have invested way too much emotionally.

Dean from Des Moines, IA

Vic, I think the loss to the Bills is a perfect example of the ebb and flow of the season. I think we could be seeing another surge here soon.

That's my expectation.

Nik from Eagan, MN

Opposing quarterbacks have not thrown a touchdown pass on the Bills in six of the last seven games. The entire Buffalo Bills team is made up of professional football players, believe it or not, some of whom are very good at their jobs. Can we all just agree the upcoming game against Tampa is now more important than the one against Buffalo and move on? We might have a lot of football left to watch, if we're lucky.

When a team with a defense that good gets a touchdown from its special teams, they're going to be very difficult to beat.

Jessica from Brooklyn, NY

Yesterday my sister asked me what I want for Christmas. I told her, FULL CONSISTENCY.

Every team in the league wants FULL CONSISTENCY, but it doesn't exist. Over the course of the season, every team in the league will experience an inexplicable decline. The key is to be the team that avoids that fall in the postseason.

Mark from Round Rock, TX

Yes, the Packers can still earn a first-round bye, but you could see the defeat in their eyes after the game. They know the dropped passes cost them the first seed, which means the NFC title game will be in Seattle instead of Green Bay. We all know how that turned out. I think I remember you saying Seattle is better than I thought they were. I don't see it playing out any different in round two. This loss was bigger than people are admitting.

What if there's an upset?

Ryan from Toledo, OH

Vic, tough loss, but even after that we are still in control of the division. We don't need any help, just win. This week we are on the road against a 2-12 team, and then back home for the finale. I don't underestimate any team in the NFL, but I think we win both of these games and get at least the two seed.

Anything less than that would be a great disappointment.

Mark from Stewartville, MN

Vic, what's the best way for a wide receiver to beat a physical cornerback?

Play more physically than he does. Run faster, jump higher, create separation from the cornerback. That's how you win the one-on-ones. The Packers didn't do it. That's why they lost. They won the one-on-ones vs. the Patriots, and that's why the Packers won.

Uriah from Williston, OH

Vic, the reason Tampa beat Pittsburgh is because under Pittsburgh's coach they are 7-9 against sub-.500 teams.

Then that problem is easily fixed: Mike Tomlin shouldn't be the coach when the Steelers are playing a sub-.500 team. Fixed the newel post.

Scott from Lincoln City, OR

Vic, I waited all afternoon for "News now!" and it never appeared. Was there really no new news to report?

Tuesday is the players' off day. It's also the day coaches go deep into hiding so they might pick the plays the fans will say shouldn't have been called. There are no press conferences or interviews on Tuesday.

Tom from Salt Lake City, UT

What do you think the Packers need to do to get back on track and back to their usual ways on offense?

Achieve balance between run and pass, and win the one-on-ones. That's how you play winning offense.

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