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Morning Wes. What did you think of Jaire Alexander’s comments about Justin Jefferson? Gameplay or poke the bear? Thanks.

Knowing how the industry works, I thought This one some of Alexander’s comments would be pulled into Friday’s headlines. What wasn’t as played up was the respect Alexander showed Jefferson by speaking his name in the same breath as Davante Adams speaking about the NFL’s top receivers. Jefferson is one of the best in the game. Unfortunately for the Packers, they’re going to be dealing with him for a long time. Alexander normally plays a lot in the big games. It will be a fun matchup to watch.

Sitting in Lincoln Financial Field a few weeks ago, watching the Packers down 14-0 against the best team in the NFC, I thought to myself that I would find out who this team is in the next three quarters, and I learned. They started pushing an arrow that was pointing straight down into a slightly more favorable position and have continued to do so ever since. Hopefully it continues at Lambeau Field this weekend.

The Packers still have a long way to go to advance in the postseason, but I find it interesting that this potential run started in Philadelphia – just like it did in 2016. Now, the Packers didn’t win this year’s race with the Eagles, but they did. came out of that team very different. That was the moment Green Bay could have given up. They chose not to and here we are.

The Packers had no defensive strategy for Jefferson in game one. Did DC learn from this mistake?

I think yes. Packers coaches and players recognize their shortcomings in Week 1. Honestly, the defense has played pretty well since Philly. Jefferson will get his catch. He’s been one of the league’s top playmakers for the past month and a big reason the Vikings are 12-3. The Packers can’t give him free throws and space to run in the open. More than clashes, I think that’s what went wrong in the premiere. Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill were a good test last week in Miami and we expect Green Bay’s second-half performance against these two elite wide receivers to hold true for this one.

Robert of Corpus Christi, Texas

Congratulations to Aaron Jones for moving up the Packers’ all-time rushing leaders list. He and AJ Dillon are a great one-two punch. Can Jones get healthy enough to get us to the playoffs?

It depends on the ankle. He had some issues with that during the second half of the year. Jones touched the ball just eight times in 25 snaps in Miami. It would be ideal if the Packers could double those numbers on Sunday. Jones rushed for 587 yards and five touchdowns on 108 carries (5.4 yards per carry) in eight games against Minnesota. He rushed for 412 yards and four TDs on 70 carries (5.9 years) in the four wins. He has 175 yards and a TD on 38 carries (4.6 ypc) in losses. So tell me how important Jones is to this offense.

Patrick from New Market, MD

I was surprised to see that the 1,000 yards from scrimmage doubles did not include Edgar Bennett-Dorsey Levens. Never checked it out, but they were a great pair back there. To my question, does Cliff have an article on Buckets Goldenberg, a Packer in the 30’s and 40’s? Buckets was a friend of mine’s uncle.

Bennett and Levens were highly effective running backs for the Packers, but they really only had that Super Bowl XXXI season together. Bennett ruptured his Achilles tendon the following year and moved to Chicago, while Levens didn’t break through until the 1997 campaign. Cliff’s entrance to Goldenberg.

Keith from Dodgeville, WI

Folks, I can’t believe Allen Lazard was fined for provocation after throwing the best block a WR has had this season and not calling PI, come on man!

I expected nothing less from the NFL. This has been the MO of the league. Emphasize on-pitch calls that affect the actual game.

Lori from Cherry Valley, IL

Do Green Bay and Minnesota players and coaches have curfew rules since they’re playing on New Year’s Day? Go pack it. Happy New Year to Wes, Mike, all staff, coaches, staff, coaches, players and fans. Here’s to 2023!

In fact, Matt LaFleur was asked exactly that on Friday. The Packers know what’s at stake here and will act accordingly. The team also has a full workday on Saturday. I doubt many guys arrive at midnight.

Wes, if you were going to give any team an advantage based on health, which team and why? Which team will have more of your favorite starters in Sunday’s lineup?

I would say the Vikings have an advantage in that. Minnesota has 10 players on IR right now, but only four players listed on the injury report. This will be Austin Schlottmann’s fourth straight start at center for Garrett Bradbury as well.

What if the Pack and Vikes tie?

I go to the closet with the Advil.

Peter from Morganfield, KY

El Segundo’s David said he would like a bomb to Christian Watson on the first offensive play on Sunday. While that would be awesome (if it worked), I think if the trainers are trying to be cute, Watson would be more likely to run this route as a decoy while the intended focus of the play is elsewhere. ML and AR can always loop back to Watson at the bottom of unit two or three. Can’t wait to find out!

I just want to see Watson on the field. This is not the same No. 9 the Vikings faced in September — and that one was pretty good. Patrick Peterson has had a fantastic year since he was knocked off the line of scrimmage at US Bank Stadium. Watson has made his share of rookie mistakes, but the Packers are a different offense when he’s on the field.

Richard of Lac du Flambeau, WI

Hi Mike and Wes, will you be nervous if the Packers are leading at halftime 32-0?

I have a little more confidence in Matt LaFleur to handle this scenario.