Dean, Leavenworth, IN
Thank you, Packers and insiders.
Marjo is from Tallahassee, Florida
I don’t know if you’re working at Thanksgiving West, but if you are, good morning and Happy Thanksgiving! Same goes for everyone who makes their insider inbox a must-read every day.
We’re here, Marjo, and so are you and yours. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I can’t wait to work a little and eat a lot.
Considering it’s a time to give thanks, when it comes to the Green Bay Packers, I’m thankful for a few things. Aaron Jones continues to exemplify what it means to be a Packer with the way he operates on and off the field. Proud to support this package. I am thankful for Christian Watson and the bright future that awaits him. I’m grateful to have seen the last chapters of Aaron Rodgers, because those players don’t come along very often. What are you thankful for when it comes to GBP?
Anticipation and participation. The fact that so many of us are disappointed is directly related to the winning culture that has been instilled in Green Bay in my life this season. Like pressure, anticipation is a luxury. There are many fans who have been without a win for years, even decades. For that reason, I thank each of you who have made the Insider Inbox a part of your daily routine – win, lose, tie or offseason.
Rob Circle Pines, MN
The offense hasn’t fared well in the last three games, perhaps against the Cowboys. In all three, there were several instances (one in the final third of the game) where the receivers created separation and Aaron Rodgers missed the throw altogether. Could Rodgers’ thumb strain affect his throwing accuracy late in the game?
An interesting hypothesis. Statistically speaking, I looked at the numbers on Wednesday and couldn’t find much of a difference. In the six games since the loss to the Giants, Rodgers has completed 54-of-84 passes for 552 yards (64.3), four first-half touchdowns and two interceptions (89.0 passer rating). In the second half, Rodgers completed 75-of-124 attempts (60.5%) for 833 passing yards with seven touchdowns and two INTs (92.6 passer rating). Completion percentage is down a few points, but nothing to worry about. One divisiveness I found in Pro Football Reference were Rodgers’ stats when the passing game started under center: 40-of-62 for 501 yards, seven TDs and one INT (120.4 passer rating). The thumb clearly changed the trajectory of the season, but Rodgers isn’t using it as an excuse. I still wonder how much the Packers had to change their focus on offense.
Wes, I think this question is good for you for Thanksgiving. I am especially grateful to II and the insight he has brought to this difficult football year. If I’m not mistaken, I believe Mike was there recently WYMM showed why the Packers lost instead of the good things that cost the first time. This seems to be very difficult to write on its own. What has been a challenge for you as a Packers writer this season? Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Paying attention to everything. This was one of the most confusing periods I’ve ever explained in terms of understanding why the balls bounced the way they did. In 2013 and 2017, Rodgers was plagued by injuries, and the seasons were similar. Rodgers played with a broken leg in 2018, but the team wasn’t very good, and I felt the recent record reflected that. I thought the Packers had what it takes to contend for a championship this season, but the last 11 games show how difficult it is to consistently win in this league. As I always say, it’s a game of momentum, and the Packers haven’t had enough of it this season.
Too fast inside What you might have missed At the Titans game. The defender moved before the shot. It’s pretty fast, isn’t it?
Spoff’s WYMM reinforced what I thought was out of the question: Tennessee does well on both sides of the ball. The Titans’ defense will get some chances depending on how hard its linebackers can hit, but there’s so much talent in the front seven that usually someone will beat his matchup and make a play.
George from North Mankato, MN
Happy Thanksgiving, Wes. I hope you are spending quality time with your family and friends. Before we get into the games, I’d like to point out that you’ve (unfortunately) rated the three hardest playthroughs this year. It was a tough road trip.
She was. We knew from the beginning that the 2022 schedule was going to be tough. What I didn’t take into account was how strong the teams on this schedule would be, especially in the NFC East and AFC East. The Packers’ .589 record through 11 weeks is the second worst in the NFL behind Detroit (.612). Now that’s no excuse. You’ve still got to beat the team in front of you, but it’s a tough road to face with a gauntlet like that without a bye. If this campaign has taught me anything, it’s that I’d rather say goodbye early than late in today’s NFL. I’m not afraid of a week 6 or 7 off, I’m afraid of a week 4 opener in a 16 game regular season. When the Packers return to Lambeau Field next month for Monday Night Football, they will be playing twice as many games as they have played in their home stadium.
Wait, the Eagles have a total of one player on the injury report this week? How could this be possible before the end of the season? Also, there seems to be some sickness in the locker room, I hope it’s nothing serious.
I was surprised by the Eagles injury report. I know they have seven guys on IR, including Dallas Goedert and Derek Barnett, but how is that possible in Week 12?