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What does 'run the table' mean?

Division title, not seeding, is the issue for the Packers


Hugh from Sioux Falls, SD

Well, Vic, the game seemed to prove once again the old adage the best defense is a good offense. It seems to be the defining identity of the Packers for more than a few years, don't you think?

Get the lead and then protect it? Yeah, that's Packers football.


Mario from Kettleman City, CA

Why did the football gods allow Aaron Rodgers to be drafted by the Green Bay Packers?

Because teams that thought they had a quarterback but really didn't passed on Aaron Rodgers. Once upon a time, I liked to say even when you have Sammy Baugh, don't pass on Johnny Unitas. I've since softened my best-available-pick philosophy as it pertains to the quarterback position: If you're going to pass on Johnny Unitas, you better be darn sure you have Sammy Baugh. Those teams that passed on Rodgers didn't have Sammy Baugh.

Dustin from Eau Claire, WI

I don't think Rodgers meant just win-out the regular season.

Run the table? Oh, I think he was referring to what remained of the regular season and the belief making it into the playoffs would likely require winning out. When I looked at the remaining schedule, only the Seahawks game caused me to disagree, but I also thought the Packers could lose once more and make it into the playoffs. I was wrong on both counts. Once the Packers beat the Seahawks, it was look out time.

Lance from Coon Rapids, MN

Are the Packers playing for a No. 3 seed against Detroit in addition to NFC North champs?

I'm not sure and I'm not going to give it much thought because I don't think seeding will be meaningful in this year's postseason. If the Packers win in Detroit, I believe they can beat anybody anywhere.

Mark from Naperville, IL

So do the Packers have to beat the Lions to make the playoffs?

I think that's likely to be the case. I absolutely love it. I couldn't have written the script any better.

Ray from Clark, NJ

What do you think of Tom Coughlin going back to Jacksonville to coach the Jaguars?

Very few fan bases have a chance to say welcome back, we were wrong about you. I hope Jaguars fans have that chance.

Logan from Marion, IA

Vic, I wore my Bart Starr jersey to the game. Decided to test the ushers and ask them the ultimate question: Which end zone was it? Without hesitation, he points and smiles.

The first time I covered a game in Lambeau Field, it was the question I asked: Which end zone was it? The press box attendant didn't have to ask me what I meant. He just pointed. That's why I believe Bart Starr is the most important player in Packers history.

Mike from Evansville, IN

Vic, how do you feel about the prospects compared to how you felt five weeks ago?

I believe it was following the loss in Washington when Tony Dungy said the Packers wouldn't be a playoff team. I wasn't ready to agree with him, but I thought his remark was logical and appropriate. I wonder what Tony would say of the Packers today.

Matt from East Troy, WI

Were the points and yards at the end by the Vikings garbage points/yards or a true sign of the defense?

They were a means for expiring the clock and clinching the win.

Blair from Los Angeles, CA

Vic, I tried to watch the one-on-ones. We won them.

It was one of the themes of training camp. You get what you emphasize.

Chris from Upland, CA

How would you describe the way Green Bay is playing right now?

The Packers' arrow is pointing straight up and their challenge is to keep it that way for five more games.

Greg from Hamilton, Ontario

You're right, Vic, December is great! Next week is going to be fun.

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Jerry from Wilmington, NC

Vic, have you ever seen an offense that was struggling like the Packers were turn things around to the degree they have?

Yes, I've seen it happen many times, at all three stops. Almost always, recovery was the result of a successful return to the base philosophy and bread-and-butter play of that offense. In Pittsburgh under Chuck Noll, recovery began with running the traps. In Jacksonville under Tom Coughlin, it began with the down and out. For the Packers this season, I believe recovery began with the fundamental play of the West Coast offense, the get-it-out-quick possession pass. The Packers control tempo with their possession passing game. Everything else is a result of it.

Tom from Vista, CA

How many times have you seen the center fumble a snap without moving the ball above ankle level?

I saw it once before, in a game between the Jaguars and the Titans, and there was something quirky about it but I can't remember what it was. It involved a strange rule and a next-day explanation by the league office. I'm going crazy trying to find out what it was.

Craig from Sheboygan, WI

Do you know what divisions the Packers play next year?

The NFC North will play the NFC South and AFC North. I don't think anyone will be talking about an easy schedule for the Packers in 2017.

Scotty from Lombard, IL

Hi, Vic, I thought the Steelers uniforms were very sharp looking on Sunday. What did you think of them?

I prefer the bumblebee uniforms. Hey, if you're going to do it, do it. Here's what I liked most from Sunday's game: In those final two thrilling touchdown drives, the officials let the players, not penalties, decide the outcome. It was wonderful to watch that kind of heart-throbbing action without interruption.

Ryan from Alexandria, VA

What are our chances of claiming the division next week?

I hate to use the word but in this case it applies: It is my expectation.

Bill from Staten Island, NY

I read this morning the Vikings defensive backs decided on their own to change the coverage plan the coaching staff had created for covering the Packers' receivers. Is this an indication Mike Zimmer has lost the team?

If he did, he just got his team back because that won't happen again. Coaches coach, players play. That message will likely resonate during the offseason as a result of what happened on Saturday.

Fred from Belleville, MI

Listening to the FOX gentlemen during the game, they referred to various players as a former first-round pick or former fourth-round pick. How does one become a former draft pick?

That's nitpicking, but since we're doing it, I'll add this: I love Troy Aikman's analysis. He almost always is spot on and he's quick to make his point. Be that as it may, I wish he would stop with the "Aaron Rodgers, he" and other such references.

Nathan from Baltimore, MD

How does the schedule-maker do it every year?

I don't think the schedule-maker saw this coming. If he had, I doubt he would've given the Packers a two-day rest advantage over the Lions.

Sawyer from Clemson, SC

Vic, this is why we need to just watch the games. A five-game win streak and a playoff game for the NFC North title; who could have seen that after the four-game skid? Analyzing failure is for the offseason. Just watch and cheer, baby.

Fans demand accountability from coaches and players. When are the fans accountable?

Jim from Monroe, WI

Vic, it looked like the Packers were not looking to run the ball against the Vikings, like they did against the Bears. How do they stack up as far as running the ball against the Lions' front?

The Vikings played a lot of zone coverage and I think that was an invitation for the Packers to use their possession passing game to find the soft spots, move the sticks and control tempo. In other words, the Packers did with the pass what most teams try to do with the run. I always favor balance between run and pass but, at this point in the season, I'll go with whatever it takes. It's another way of saying just win, baby.

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