The ground game has to find a way

Lauren from Tampa Bay, FL

Do you think we can be as effective with the run against the Browns’ top-10 run defense?

The Packers have to be. They don’t really have a choice, because success with Brett Hundley has a strong running game for a foundation. This will be Green Bay’s biggest challenge to establish that foundation, with Cleveland’s defense best in the league in yards per carry (3.3). The ground game has to find a way.

Nick from Fort Leonard Wood, MO

What scares you the most about the Browns? For me, it’s the fact they haven’t won a game yet and are hungry.

You only get scared if you make assumptions you know you shouldn’t. You respect the fact that four of the Browns’ 12 losses have been by only three points, and they just held one of the hottest teams in the league, the Chargers, to 19 points. They were never out of it until late in the fourth quarter in London against Minnesota and at Ford Field in Detroit. There’s plenty of good film showing what they’re capable of.

Ross from Newmarket, Ontario

So, Josh Gordon with a game under his belt. That’ll be a challenge.

Eleven of Kizer’s 32 passes were targeted for Gordon in his first game back. He had catches of 28 and 39 yards. He can change a game. As a result, he’s going to command a lot of attention, which alters the landscape for the rookie tight end, David Njoku. His potential impact is now so much greater.

Don from Southwest, MI

Looking at the final college playoff rankings and applying a proposed eight-team playoff effectively would have rendered the Big Ten and SEC conference championship games meaningless this year. Except for seeding purposes. Auburn, Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State and Wisconsin all are in. My guess is you need to maintain the integrity of those moneymaker conference championships. So have a six-team playoff with automatic bids for the power five conferences and one at-large team (could still be Alabama this year or OSU last year…or ND if things went better for them this year). Byes for the top two ranked teams. In effect, it is an 11-team playoff. What do you think?

Some valid points and a worthwhile suggestion, though Ohio State does not get in the eight-team playoff with a loss to Wisconsin, so the Big Ten title game wouldn’t have been meaningless. One reason I like the eight-team idea, as Andrew from Memphis, TN, also noted, is it gives an undefeated team from a non-power league a chance to at least be in the conversation.

Larry from Green…

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