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Michael from Baraboo, WI

Looking forward to the schedule release. The NFL sure knows how to put on a show, don’t they?

Shannon from Ovilla, TX

Schedule wishes for Green Bay: Week 2 at Lambeau. Two of the last three games at home including Week 18. No holiday games. Thursday game is non-division at home. Bye week falls between Weeks 7-11. Not having two games against same division team within three-week period.


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Stephen from Palos Park, IL

Which team are you most looking forward to finding out when the Packers will play them when NFL releases the schedule?

The two Lions games and the 49ers game are the ones commanding most of my attention in terms of the when.

Dennis from Wisconsin Rapids, WI

A midseason break rather than random byes is a great idea. True the NFL wouldn’t want to go a week without games, but that’s easily solved with split break. Half the teams take a break at the eight-week mark and half the teams take a break at the nine-week mark. Every team gets a break at relatively the same time and the NFL keeps a full slate of games from start to finish. What’s wrong with this scenario?

Several folks have suggested this in the past, and I’d be on board, but I’m sure the NFL looks at that as too many eyeballs not watching football for those two midseason weeks.

Tony from Chanhassen, MN

I hear the NFL is considering hosting games on Christmas again this year, on a Wednesday. Considering this is about the worst day of the week to have a game, I think we can assume the NFL will do this every year going forward. If that’s the case, would it behoove the Packers to request to be one of the home teams every year going forward? This guarantees the Packers a likely cold-weather game, gives the NFL a premium name on a premium date, and would further drive fan interest in the Packers.

I don’t sense the NFL has any interest in Christmas games being in the same location every year like Detroit and Dallas on Thanksgiving.

Nick from Springfield, MO

I am curious how offseason waiver orders work? Since the Packers just made a claim from SF’s practice squad, are they pushed to the bottom of the order until other teams make claims?

The waiver claim order from now through the first few weeks of the regular season is the same as the draft order, and making claims does not shift the order at all.

Dan from Northbrook, IL

Hi II, do the reported values from the Jared Goff extension change any of your expectations around what Jordan Love will receive with his upcoming contract? Do you think it is likely to push any potential deal in a more or less team-friendly direction?

I’m not sure it’ll change the average annual salary all that much, but Goff getting $170M guaranteed could definitely bump up Love’s total guaranteed dollars in the new deal.

Tim from Olathe, KS

Insiders, Detroit’s signing of Goff for $53M per year with $170M guaranteed along with other huge extensions and signings tells me they are all-in right now. It also tells me the front office has adopted Dan Campbell’s aggressive, perhaps audacious, risk-taking. I tip my cap to them for going for broke. I prefer sure and steady in the NFL. How do you see it?

When you win a playoff game (and get to the NFC title game) for the first time in 32 years, you’re going to lock up the players you feel have been and will be most valuable to any continued pursuit. I don’t see it as any more aggressive or audacious or risky than any other team would be in their situation.

Laurie from Sheboygan, WI

If (or when, as II maintains), more games move to random individual streaming services so fans have to subscribe to multiple services to watch games in different time slots, are the streaming services at least going to give us a break and not play so many commercials? Or is that too much to ask?

Don’t hold your breath. With what those streaming services are paying the NFL for the broadcast rights, they’ll aim to maximize ad revenue as well as (hopefully for them) new subscribers.

Gary from Sheboygan, WI

Insiders, with all the talk about the NFL heading towards streaming of games would hometown fans still get free viewing on local TV?

To my knowledge that’s not changing.

Grant from Janesville, WI

What do you think was Green Bay’s best backfield since 2000? 2003 when we had Green, Davenport, Fisher, and Henderson. Or 2010 when we had Grant, Starks, and Kuhn. Or 2020 when we had Jones, Williams, and Dillon.

I’d have to take 2003, followed by 2020. In 2010, Grant was lost for the season in Week 1 and Starks didn’t play until November, so that’s not really worth consideration. I’ll throw another one out there to think about, though: 2013, with Lacy, Starks and Franklin (before he got hurt).

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