Packers fans packing Raymond James Stadium

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on December 21, 2014 – 1:23 pm

Ask Vic Halftime

Brandon from Manhattan, KS

Vic, I don’t get to watch many Packers games but I am listening to the game today. I love pounder-type running backs, and so whenever I see or hear Eddie Lacy get a carry, I squeal like a teenage girl that just met her favorite boy band. How good did Eddie Lacy look on his 44-yard TD run?

I think I heard the safety squeal.

Charlie from Fort Walton Beach, FL

Vic, it sounded like the stadium erupted when Lacy scored that touchdown. Lot of cheeseheads at the game? What does the stadium look like today?

I’d guess that Packers fans occupy about 40 percent of the crowd.

Evan from Eau Claire, WI

Do you have any information on Aaron’s calf? Seems like he strained it or something.

No information has been offered. He has complained in the past about tightness in his calves, but it’s possible there could be a more specific reason for the problem. It seemed to emerge following the sack on which Rodgers fumbled. He’s not his bouncy self today.

John from Saratoga Springs, NY

Vic, why do the Packers seem satisfied with their lack of production from their special teams during kick returns? How come we haven’t seen a change, especially when they have a guy perfectly built for returns in Jeff Janis?

This isn’t the preseason; this is December. This isn’t a time for finding out if a guy can play; this is for guys you know can play. Janis is a talent, but he’s a developing talent. I have no doubt the Packers will use him when they believe he’s ready to play and can help them.

Danny from Sun Prairie, WI

Well, the defense looks great.

That’s an understatement. Through the middle of the second quarter, the Packers had yet to allow a first down. In fact, the Bucs had yet to a gain a net yard.

Ryan from Kenosha, WI

I get the feeling the Packers are having mental struggles; same as the Buffalo game. Do you see this as a problem?

They’re out of sync. Is it Rodgers calf injury? Is it some kind of late-season malaise? I don’t know what it is, but I acknowledge this is not the same offense that was blowing teams out at midseason.

Kevin from Chicago, IL

I’ve got both the Packers and the Lions games on. Originally, I was thinking I wanted a Packers win and a Lions loss, but I want both to win to set up next week.

A Lions loss would be meaningless, as far as next week’s game goes. A Packers loss would be devastating if the Lions won, because it would clinch the division title for the Lions.

Randy from Springfield, IL

Vic, today I am only listening to the game. What is the feeling today? Is Tampa Bay really matching us, or are we beating ourselves?

The Packers aren’t on their game, but I get no sense Tampa could win this game. I hope I’m right and it stays that way.

Brett from Green Bay, WI

The Packers are using the pistol. What are the advantages to using this formation?

You can use your power running plays and play-action out of it.

Dan from Madison, WI

As we all knew, the Packers are seeing rush four, drop seven. They are chipping away at the defense with some smaller pass completions. Outside of Eddie Lacy having a big game, is this the other way to beat it?

You can’t double-cover everyone. Somebody needs to beat their man and Rodgers has to find that guy and get him the ball. Davante Adams’ performance against the Patriots is the example. Rush four, drop seven isn’t genius. It’s as basic as it gets. Run at it and force the linebackers to support, and then play-action against it and find the open guy down the field. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking someone has reinvented the game.

Randy from Lakewood Ranch, FL

Vic, this team is regressing late in the year, not getting better. The offense is underwhelming for the second straight week, after a lackluster second half vs. Atlanta. Missed field goals, blocked extra points, sacks, fumbles, dropped passes and more. Why should we believe this team can go anywhere in the playoffs?

Because we know what it can be when it’s playing its best football. This isn’t it.

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