Dean from Leavenworth, Indiana
Thank you Packers and thank you Insiders.
Marjo from Tallahassee, Florida
I don’t know if you’re working on Wes for Thanksgiving, but if so, good morning and happy Thanksgiving! The same goes for everyone who makes Insider Inbox a must-read every day.
We’re here, Marjo, and it’s the same with you and yours. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I can’t wait to work a little and eat a lot.
Considering it’s time to be grateful, I’m grateful for a few things when it comes to our Green Bay packers. Aaron Jones continues to showcase what it means to be a Packer, the way he works on and off the field. It makes me proud to be rooting for the Flock. I am grateful for Christian Watson and for the bright future ahead of him. I’m excited to see these latest chapters of Aaron Rodgers knowing these players don’t show up often. What are you grateful for the pound sterling for?
expectations and engagement. The disappointment that many of us have experienced this season is directly related to the winning culture that has been created in Green Bay throughout my life. Like pressure, expectations are a luxury. There are so many fan bases that have been starving for years or even decades to win. For this reason, I am grateful to each and every one of you who have made Insider Inbox a part of your daily routine – whether it be a win, a loss, a tie, or an off-season.
Rob from Circle Pines, Minnesota
In the last three games, the offense has not succeeded, except perhaps against the Cowboys. In all three, there were a few occasions when wide receivers created a gap and Aaron Rodgers didn’t hit any shots at all (the last third of the game). Could the pressure on Rogers’ thumb become so strong late in the game that it would affect his shooting accuracy?
An interesting hypothesis. Statistically, I dived into the numbers on Wednesday and couldn’t find a huge difference. In six games since losing to the Giants, Rodgers completed 54-of-84 passes (64.3%) for 552 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions in the first half (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). The percentage of completion decreased by several points, but nothing critical. One section I found in the Pro Football Reference that I find most revealing is Rodgers’s stats when passing play starts from under center: 40 of 62 for 501 yards, seven TDs and one INT (120.4 passer rating). The thumb has clearly changed the trajectory of the season, but Rodgers is not going to use it as an excuse. However, I’m still wondering how much the Packers have had to shift their offensive focus.
Wes, I hope this question finds you in a good Thanksgiving mood. I am especially grateful for the II and the insight it brings to this challenging year of football. If I’m not mistaken, I believe that the recent WYMM showed why the Packers lost instead of the good things that happened in losing the first time. This seems like quite a challenge to write on its own. What was the most challenging part of this season for you as a writer for the Packers? Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Just make sense of it all. It was one of the most confusing seasons I have covered in terms of understanding why balls bounce the way they do. In 2013 and 2017, Rodgers was injured and the seasons were what they were. Rodgers also played with a broken leg in 2018 but the team just wasn’t very good and I felt the final report accurately reflected that. I started this season thinking the Packers had what it takes to win the championship, but the last 11 games have shown just how difficult it is to consistently win this league. Like I always say, it’s a game of momentum, and the Packers haven’t had enough of that this season.
Too fast inside on What could you miss in the game Titans. Before the snap, the defender moved. It’s pretty fast, isn’t it?
Spoff’s WYMM confirmed what I thought after the game: Tennessee is doing what it does so well on both sides of the ball. The Titans’ defense takes risks with how badly their linebackers break, but there’s so much talent in the front seven that someone usually wins their match and makes the play.
George from North Mankato, Minnesota
Happy Thanksgiving, Wes. I hope you can spend some quality time with your family and friends. Just wanted to point out that you were (unfortunately) accurate in your assessment of the hardest stretch of the three games this year before playing the games. It certainly was a difficult journey.
It was. We knew from the beginning that the schedule for 2022 would be tough. What I haven’t considered is how strong the teams will be in this schedule, especially NFC East and AFC East. At 11 weeks, the Packers’ .589 schedule is the second-hardest in the NFL, behind only Detroit (.612). This is not an excuse. You still need to beat the team in front of you, but it’s a tough road to face such a gauntlet without goodbye. If this campaign has taught me anything, it’s that in today’s NFL, I prefer to say goodbye sooner rather than later. I don’t fear the week 6 or 7 break as much as I once feared the week 4 open date in a 16-game regular season. By the time the Packers return to Lambo Field for Monday Night Football next month, they will have attended almost twice as many games as they have in their own stadium.
Wait, there’s only one player on the Eagles’ injury record this week? How is that even possible at this late season? Also, there seems to be some kind of disease roaming the locker room, and I hope it’s nothing serious.
The Eagles injury report took me by surprise. I know there are seven people in IR including Dallas Godert and Derek Barnett, but how is that possible in week 12?