It will take a lot of effort
This question is for Spoff. When Wes used the phrase, “I’ve been covering the Packers long enough to know …” How old did you feel?
Old enough that I don’t really mind.
Dean from Leavenworth, IN
It’s time to turn the page. For two weeks the Packers have the best offense in the league, but I’m still not convinced. Is the Packers’ offense as good or are the defenses of the Vikings and Lions so bad? Will Sunday’s opponent be a litmus test to answer the question?
It will be a better gauge, and the start of tougher testing, I believe. It’s a small sample of two weeks, but I think Green Bay’s next four opponents could all be better than their first two.
Scott from New Orleans, LA
The Packers haven’t written yet and were going to take a step back. The Saints have been drafted for now and were legitimate Super Bowl contenders. After two weeks, I don’t think either of these statements was correct. These two teams are evenly matched across the board, Hall of Fame QBs, dynamic RBs, and the list goes on. This game should be close and exciting to watch. How do you think these two teams fit together?
Just like you say, but I don’t take anything away from the saints. I think they’ve been the best team in the NFC over the past three seasons, even though they don’t have a Super Bowl appearance to show. They scored a huge divisional victory over Brady in Week 1. Anyone can lose on the road in prime time – these are the toughest games to win on any schedule, fans or no. fans, and especially without a top-flight offensive weapon. It’s a task the Packers could face this week. Whether we see these two offenses at their best will depend on injuries to Davante Adams and Thomas.
Joel from Fox Crossing, WI
If Davante Adams isn’t available, could we see Aaron Jones at Wideout?
The whole game? No. On a segment of snaps in certain packages? Absolutely.
Pete from Chippewa Falls, WI
Brees, perhaps more than most QBs due to his size, age and lack of mobility, doesn’t do well when under pressure in the middle. He threw a bad pick on Monday night against the Raiders at the end of the first half when the Raiders came under pressure from the middle. Most of the Packers’ pressure comes from the rush to the edges. Do you think the Packers are changing things up a bit to put pressure from the middle to disrupt Brees?
Internal pressure is the most difficult to generate, but it is usually the most disruptive as the QB cannot ramp up. That’s what makes a guy like Kenny Clark so precious. On the third try, Pettine usually has Preston Smith, Za’Darius Smith and Rashan Gary on the pitch, one of them rushing in, most often Za’Darius. Pressure inside is a priority in any game, but no one can just snap their fingers and make it happen.
What aspect of the Monday Night Raider game will the Packers be most interested in exploiting?
The Raiders had 30 rushing yards at halftime and finished with 116. That can’t be ignored. Plus, the Saints had no answer for Darren Waller – 12 catches on 16 targets for 103 yards and a TD. The Packers don’t seem to have a tight end that features the game problems Waller does, but there’s no doubt in my mind that the performance got LaFleur thinking.
I understand the fascination of the coaches to be able to score the last one in the first half and the first one in the second half, but please, please, please give the ball to Aaron Rodgers if you win the coin toss. Maybe you won’t need to score twice to get back into the game and the D can be inflated when playing with a lead.
You’re focused on the Packers psyche, and that’s great. But the opponent’s psyche when a team can double down like the Packers did on Sunday takes a huge hit, bigger than anything won by an opening TD in my mind.
Curren from Edmonton, Alberta
Hey Mike / Wes, following Wes saying he’s convinced the Packers “will find a way” to keep their guys in what looks like a very tough offseason – I’m not so sure. The team don’t seem to have that much heading to play and in my opinion they will only be able to hold on to one or two of the following: Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, David Bakhtiari, Kevin King and Corey Linsley. I know these are questions for the offseason and for enjoying this season in here now, but it sounds tough.
No question, and I don’t think Wes was talking about keeping all of the guys you listed. I certainly don’t expect that. You can’t pay everyone. Nobody can. But I believe Bakhtiari and Jones are the top priorities, and when that is done you see what you can do for others. I think that’s how the Packers approach it.