September 23, 2021

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How will wild-card weekend shake out?

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How will wild-card weekend shake out?



What game are you most looking forward to this weekend Mike?

I think it’s Indy at Buffalo, to be honest. Indy because the Packers played them in a tight, down-to-the-wire game, and Buffalo because it’s fun watching Josh Allen’s fearless play at QB.

If you had to pick another WR besides Adams to step up in the playoffs, who would it be? My sense is that LaFleur and Rodgers will keep giving MVS opportunities. Even if he only cashes in on half of them, it would still be worth it.

Don’t sleep on Allen Lazard. He’s been a bit quiet since returning from that long layoff due to injury, but he could be due for a big game.

Last Wednesday, I asked “if with so much riding on the Bears game if it might benefit the Packers in the long run?” In hindsight has it? Will it?

Rodgers said after the game “it’s good to go in playing,” meaning go into the playoffs. I think the Packers played two pretty high-stakes games the last two weeks and that never hurts. The bad news was losing David Bakhtiari in practice in the meantime, but nothing anyone can do about that.

Since they don’t play this week, will we still see an official injury report or do we have to wait until next week?

No, there will be no injury report this week. Next week we’ll see the first one on Wednesday if the Packers are playing Sunday, or Tuesday for a Saturday game.

Do you think the progression of our D has leveled the field if we face the Bucs?

For sure. I think the Packers are a better team now than they were in mid-October. But the Bucs are playing well, too. I don’t think the first game, which went sideways quickly and got out of hand, would mean much if a rematch develops.

Ingwe….the correct answer is Rick Wagner’s knee. If it holds up and we can go 3 games with the line we had against the Bears I like our chances.

Hi Mike! I know it’s a big “if” at this point, but if Tampa Bay is the Packers next opponent, what do you think the Packers need to focus on or improve to prevent a similar outcome as the last game?

I don’t know if it’s about anything specific. That game just got out of hand. It happens. The biggest thing offensively is preparing for that inside LB duo of David and White, coming up with ways to attack them.

For all the talk about beating a team 3 times in one season, teams that beat an opponent twice in the regular season have gone 14-7 against them in the playoffs since the merger.

Who do you think the best two tacklers are on our defense?

Kenny Clark and Adrian Amos, with Rashan Gary and Krys Barnes not far behind.

I’m so looking forward to a Bills Chiefs AFC Championship game, how about you Mike?

The AFC could go a lot of different directions, but my gut says the Bills have the best shot at knocking off the Chiefs.

How is the schedule of the postseason created? As far as I know it is affected by the TV channels, but how does it work?

It’s all the league’s doing. The networks that have playoff rights have a certain number of games, but I think the NFL decides on the assignments and time slots, etc. I don’t know if the networks get to put in any preferences, like they can for the regular season schedule.

History doesn’t seem to favor the MVP winning the ultimate prize. If Rodgers were to be robbed of the MVP, it wouldn’t bother me as much as losing the SB. If anything, not getting the MVP might give AR even more motivation…as if he needs it. What’s your take?

He’s not going to know if he’s won or lost the MVP until the night before the Super Bowl. His focus is solely on getting there.

Enjoyed seeing Larry on “Unscripted”. What a fun and knowledgeable guy. But you and Wes make the show. Was it a challenging transition for you to go from “all print” to multi-media in your career?

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