1. The big story around the NFL is the concussion suffered by Aaron Rodgers? Do you think he is going to play Sunday and should he play with a key NFC game next weekend?
Melinda: This is the second concussion Rodgers has suffered in four weeks. I know the NFL has a very strict policy on head injuries. Rodgers has been going through the evaluation process. We don't expect to know for sure if he will play until Saturday. But the fact that he hasn't been involved in meetings this week makes me doubtful about a Sunday start.
OBOD: Well, Mike McCarthy said we will find out after his tests on Saturday, so honestly I think it is 50-50 right now. I am leaning to that he won't play, but I have no evidence or knowledge to back that up. Rodgers came back for the next game when he suffered a concussion earlier this year, but a second concussion in the span of about two months is a different beast, especially with how hard the NFL is cracking down on concussions. This game will be tough for the Packers to win even with Rodgers and it is vital he is healthy for the last two games of the season against the Giants and Bears, two teams they are chasing in the playoff race. So, for the aspect it may be better to Rodgers to sit out this week. Not to overreact, but he is also the franchise right now and the quickest way for a career to derail are concussions.
2. With Ryan Grant gone for the season in Week 1, why haven't Brandon Jackson along with the Packers' offensive line been able to run the ball effectively?
OBOD: Playcalling, pure and simple. After Grant went down, McCarthy decided to put even more emphasis on the passing game and that may have to do with trust. A lot of people thought Jackson was more than capable to handle the load at first, but eventually he showed that he is not much more than a good third-down back. Because of that, McCarthy doesn't seem to have much trust in the running game and abandons it too early and too often at times. Jackson has been the starter for 14 weeks now and while he has shown glimpses, he simply isn't a 1,200 yard back like Grant. McCarthy also hasn't done him a favor by giving up on him too early at times, especially when it seems like he might be gaining some momentum.
Melinda: Jackson has disappointed a lot of people who were expecting him to step in for Grant. In my opinion, he doesn't have the vision a great running back needs. His speed is only average. Even when he able to find a hole in the defense, the secondary always seems to catch up to him. We all had high hopes when James Starks got his opportunity to get a couple of touches. He had a great debut against the 49ers, but had less than 10 touches last week against the Lions.