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What are the five best rivalries in the NFL?

And the three stages of the season?


Zach from Billings, MT

Vic, what do you think of all the penalties and reviews? Does it provide a better product?

No, but it provides increased controversy, and that produces more fans.

Chris from Houston, TX

With a win on Thursday, the Packers would tie the all-time series with the Bears at 93-93-6. It would be the first time since the 1930s the Packers don't trail in the series.

If it wasn't for Shea McClellin, I'd be 9-0.

Gary from Hayward, WI

I was a little surprised Fox-TV didn't notice the squirrel was a fox squirrel rather than a gray squirrel.

They probably thought it was a Democrat.

Rob from Aiken, SC

I'm thankful for "Ask Vic" every day for lunch, and for all the colorful banter with my "Ask Vic" extended family.

I'm thankful for "Ask Vic," too. It's been very, very good to me.

Darren from Mackinaw, IL

Are Packers fans more reactive than other teams' fans you have covered?

They have the worst fear of losing I've ever seen. That's why they love blowouts. They can't stand the suspense.

Mike from North Hudson, WI

Vic, when it comes to rivalries in the NFL, what are your top five?

In no particular order: Patriots-Jets, Steelers-Ravens, Patriots-Giants, Cowboys-Eagles, Packers-Seahawks.

Brian from Pleasant Prairie, WI

Gene Steratore's willingness to accept responsibility and then explain in detail the inadvertent whistle call on MNF just clarified for me why you keep saying he's the best. They have a tough job; mistakes happen. It's nice to see a solid explanation.

After further review, Ralphie, one of my cohorts has made a terrible mistake, and now I have to explain it. Be that as it may, everyone's invited to my house after the game for cocktails and conversation.

Steve from Scranton, PA

If "Ask Vic" was based in Columbus, Ohio, instead of Green Bay this week, what would your inbox look like, and what would be your response?

Go for two. Why? Because you can't go for three.

John from Eau Claire, WI

Vic, did you see the inadvertent whistle during the Patriots game? Do these refs get fined for that sort of thing?

No, they just lose their jobs. I don't think that's harsh enough. I think there should be some kind of public ceremony at which the offending official should be required to accept responsibility for the disappointment of a nation that has attached its importance to a football game. At that point, the justice department should get involved.

Ryan from Noblesville, IN

Vic, with all this talk about identity, a writer on the league website said "the first third of the season is a period of experimentation, the middle of the season is about establishing an identity, and the final month is the time for a playoff contender to hit its stride as a well-oiled machine." Would you agree?

I don't. If I've become a well-oiled machine, I want that to be my identity. Here's my take: The three stages of the season are denial, grief and recovery. In the first stage, everyone is injured and the team denies a problem exists. In the second stage, the fans demand everyone be fired. In the final month of the season, Stage 3, the team plays football the way the game is meant to be played and everyone is happy, again. The Packers played that way on Sunday in Minnesota.

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