It’s a great day of food, family and football

It’s a great day of food, family and football
It’s a great day of food, family and football

Thank you, Packers, and thank you Insiders.

Margaux from Tallahassee, FL

I don’t know if you’re working on Thanksgiving Wes, but if so, hello and happy Thanksgiving! The same goes for everyone who makes Insider Inbox a must-read every day.

We are here, Margeaux, and the same for you and yours. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I look forward to working a little and eating a lot.

Since this is a time to be grateful, I am grateful for several things when it comes to our Green Bay Packers. Aaron Jones continues to exemplify what it’s like to be a Packer with the way he works on and off the court. It makes me proud to cheer on the pack. I am grateful to Christian Watson and the bright future ahead of him. Grateful to see these final chapters of Aaron Rodgers knowing these players don’t come around often. What are you grateful for when it comes to the GBP?

Expectations and Commitment. The disappointment that many of us have felt this season is directly related to the winning culture that has been established in Green Bay throughout my life. Like pressure, expectations are a luxury. There are so many fanbases that have been missing out on winning for years, even decades. For that reason, I’m grateful to each of you who make Insider Inbox part of your daily routine – win, lose, draw or out of season.

The last three games the offense hasn’t done well, except maybe against the Cowboys. In all three, there were multiple instances where the receivers created a separation and Aaron Rodgers completely missed the pitch (last third of the game). Could the pressure on Rodgers’ thumb become severe enough late in the game to affect his throwing accuracy?

Interesting hypothesis. Statistically, I dove into the numbers on Wednesday and couldn’t find a huge difference. In the six games since the loss to the Giants, Rodgers has 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 completion percentage is down a few points but nothing shocking. The one split I found on Pro Football Reference that I find most telling is Rodgers’ stats when the passing game starts under center: 40 of 62 for 501 yards, seven touchdowns and one INT (passer rating of 120.4). The thumb obviously changed the trajectory of the season, but Rodgers won’t use that as an excuse. I still wonder how much the Packers had to change their offensive focus, though.

Wes, I hope this question finds you well and good for the Thanksgiving holiday. I am especially grateful for II and the insight he brings during this difficult year of football. If I’m not mistaken, I believe Mike recently WYMM showed why the Packers lost instead of the good things that happened when losing for the first time. That seems quite the challenge of writing in itself. What’s been the hardest thing for you as a Packers writer this season? The happiest of Thanksgivings to you and yours!

Just make sense of it all. It’s been one of the most confusing seasons I’ve covered to figure out why balls bounced the way they did. In 2013 and 2017 Rodgers was injured and the seasons were what they were. Rodgers was also playing with a broken leg in 2018, but the team just wasn’t very good, and I felt the final record reflected exactly that. I came into this season thinking the Packers had everything they needed to compete for a championship, but the last 11 games show how difficult it is to win consistently in this league. Like I always say, it’s a dynamic game and the Packers can’t get enough of it this season.

Too fast inside on the What you may have missed on the game Titans. The defender was moving before the snap. It’s pretty quick, isn’t it?

Spoff’s WYMM reinforced what I thought coming out of the game: Tennessee does what they do so well, on both sides of the ball. The Titans’ defense takes chances with how hard their linebackers smash, but there’s so much talent in the front seven that someone usually wins their game and makes the play.

George from North Mankato, MN

Happy Thanksgiving, Wes. I hope you will spend quality time with your family and friends. Just wanted to point out that you were spot on (unfortunately) with your assessment of this year’s toughest three-game streak before playing games. It was sure it was a tough road trip.

It was. We knew from the start that the 2022 calendar was going to be difficult. What I haven’t taken into account is the strength of the teams on this schedule, especially the NFC East and AFC East. Over the course of 11 weeks, the Packers’ schedule strength of .589 is the second toughest in the NFL behind Detroit (.612). Now that’s no excuse. You still have to beat the team in front of you, but it’s an arduous journey against such a gauntlet without a goodbye. If this campaign has taught me anything, it’s that I’d rather have a bye sooner than later in today’s NFL. I don’t fear a Week 6 or 7 break as much as I once feared the Week 4 opener during the 16-game regular season. By the time the Packers return to Lambeau Field for Monday Night Football next month, they will already have traveled nearly twice as many games as they have played at their own stadium.

Wait, the Eagles have a grand total of one player on their injury report this week? How is this possible so late in the season? Also, there seems to be a sickness in the locker room, and I hope it’s nothing serious.

The Eagles injury report took me by surprise. I know they have seven guys on IR including Dallas Goedert and Derek Barnett, but how is that possible in week 12?

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