I have a steadfast rule in life: any time a Packers podcast invites me on for instant reaction to a Vikings shutout victory at Lambeau Field, I say yes.
Jason Perone and Jacob Westendorf and from Pulse of the Pack, part of the Packers Talk Network, swallowed their pride and allowed me to call into their show on Saturday night as I tried my best not to gloat about the season sweep. We started with the Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater, and Sam Bradford situation and what the Vikings might do at the quarterback position in 2018. From there we talked about the cautious optimism permeating through the Twin Cities and whether the Vikings might actually be able to be the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
Next the conversation switched to the 16-0 Vikings win. Despite the Minnesota offense sputtering in the elements against the depleted Green Bay defense, I talked about how Case Keenum can still be capable of leading the offense to where they need to go thanks to the weapons around him. Since these guys are Packers fans and had to find something to rib me about, they did have to quickly ask me about 1998 vs. 2009 and which loss was worse. (The answer is 1998 and it isn’t really debatable, by the way.)
After going back to the game for a while, the guys asked me a great question about which of the non-Rodgers Packers scare me. The list was pretty short. (I said David Bakhtiari, Blake Martinez, Mike Daniels, and maybe Davante Adams when he’s healthy.) We poured one out for Jordy Nelson’s prime and discussed how the Packers might have to shake things up with their approach in the offseason.
Lastly, we actually came to two major agreements regarding the Packers and Vikings. We agreed that going into next few seasons, the Vikings and the Packers should be the best rivalry in the NFC North. We also agreed on something that might surprise you: that everyone needs to move on from the Anthony Barr hit on Aaron Rodgers. It’s done. It wasn’t dirty. It doesn’t need to be rehashed every time these two teams play going forward.
Click here to listen to the entire show. My segment starts at the 12-minute mark and lasts just over a half hour. Thanks again to Jason and Jacob for being gracious enough to have me on. As far as Packers fans go, these two are extremely tolerable and level-headed. I always enjoy the friendly back-and-forth with them both on the show and on Twitter.