July 30, 2021

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That’s how you have to play that position

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That’s how you have to play that position

Steve from Middletown, KY

Several years ago I attended the game in KC when Denver and Manning were unstoppable in a high-scoring game. That game set the highest crowd noise until Seattle’s piped-in noise supposedly beat it several weeks later. KC trailed most of the game, but the noise was unbelievable and electric from start to finish. There’s going to be a lot of juice in their house. Besides the silent count and scoring points, is there anything else we can do to neutralize or keep the crowd from affecting the game?

Not really, other than making plays that stem the tide and turn momentum. Mahomes or no Mahomes, the Chiefs have a lot of talent and will generate surges with their home crowd. In a tough environment, you have to weather those storms and limit the damage. For all the big plays the Packers’ defense has given up, the unit has done a commendable job of shaking those off and getting a stop or forcing a field goal after they occur. That’s an extremely valuable trait to have, especially if you can take it on the road with you.

The return of “The Belt” had a few friends and I discussing its origination. I was under the impression that Rodgers created it as a way to have fun when he practiced with the twos and threes under Favre. Is there truth to this story?

Yes. As the scout-team QB, Rodgers would break out the belt when he made a big play against the first-team defense in practice. The first time I recall seeing it in a game was in 2009, at Pittsburgh if memory serves.

From Reddit: Aaron Rodgers is 5-2 in belt-mock games. 166/235 passing for 2,118 yards, 25 touchdowns, and two interceptions. Suh also mocked the belt in the Week 17 Flynn shootout win with Rodgers on the sideline.

You folks have too much time on your hands. Though I will add, in one of the two losses, Detroit’s Stephen Tulloch tore his ACL with a belt mock in 2014, so it’s truly not a good idea.

If he’s activated soon and healthy, you have to think Ibraheim Campbell has a role in this defense after the way they looked up the middle on Sunday, right? People keep talking about bringing in help via trade, but we also have to let the guys in the room get in there.

Once he’s ready, I see Campbell being the best replacement for Raven Greene in the hybrid spot. Echoing Ricky from Philly, that move combined with Savage’s return shifting Amos back where he belongs can certainly help. But I also thought the point LaFleur made on Monday was a salient one. There’s a tendency to try to do too much pre-snap and the Packers have gotten caught. Optimizing the scheme is nice, but execution is still paramount.

Clearly QB1 is in a better place this season. What do you attribute that to most? Health, scheme, chemistry, supporting cast, other phases contributing…?

All of the above, but I don’t dare try to get inside Rodgers’ mind to rank them.

Is the Inbox rife with gnashing of teeth about the Sanu trade? It feels like a lot of fans have written off Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison for the year. I don’t think either of them have played nearly their best ball of the season yet.

Me neither. Not even close.

No one has mentioned the penalties in II. Three penalties for 20 yards. That is huge. In fact it’s our best game since Week 8 last year when we only had two against the Rams.

With none declined to boot, and from the Alex Kemp crew that has the fourth-highest average of total flags per game amongst the 17 officiating crews this year.

Ben from Poughkeepsie, NY

I know it’s way too early to be talking about a Super Bowl matchup, but how cool would it be if we got a Rodgers vs. Brady matchup for the 100th season Super Bowl? Two of the best to ever do it, dueling it out. Of course it would only be right for the Lombardi to return to Titletown by the end of it, though. The idea of it is exciting, but there is still a long road ahead to get there.

Did Blake Martinez get credit for a forced fumble on the Carr fumble/touchback play? He clearly hit him before the ball came out, and I’d argue that if he didn’t hit him then Carr hangs on and gets a TD. If not is there a way for coaches/players/executives (or fans?) to appeal and get a stat correction?

He was credited with a forced fumble.


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