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It's about the cold

Join jaguars.com senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Pete from Jacksonville:
Do you have any lasting memories from storied Lambeau Field?

Vic: I covered Brett Favre's first game as a starting quarterback for the Packers in 1992 at Lambeau Field. He won the game. At that time, it wasn't a big deal because we didn't know the career Favre was destined to have. Now, 12 years later, I can't help but wonder if I'll be covering Favre's last game at Lambeau Field this Sunday.

Amber from Jacksonville:
I am an every-day reader, but this is my first time writing. I used to live about 30 minutes from Lambeau Field. The rest of this week will be good practice for the Jags, since it's going to be freezing cold in Jacksonville. Do you think cold weather causes a team to pass more or run more?

Vic: As the weather gets cold, a premium is placed on the running game. That doesn't mean teams don't throw the ball. It just means they throw the ball fewer times, and they tend to throw it with more purpose in cold weather.

David from Oviedo, FL:
What is the Packers' winning percentage at home this year and in the past few years?

Vic: Forget about record at Lambeau. It's not about Lambeau, it's about the cold. Here's a stat for you: With Brett Favre at quarterback, the Packers are 31-0 in regular-season games at Lambeau Field when the temperature is below 34 degrees. They are 38-1 in all games at Lambeau with Favre at quarterback and the temperature below 34 degrees. He is one of the best cold-weather quarterbacks in NFL history, and I find that so interesting since Favre is from Mississippi. Terry Bradshaw was another great cold-weather quarterback and he was from Louisiana, and Tom Brady is from California and he's the best cold-weather quarterback in the game today. Go figure.

Dan from Thousand Oaks, CA:
Your column is perhaps the biggest reason I stayed such a diehard Jags fan through those tough losing seasons. Now, if I'm correct, I should be shouting go Cincy, KC, Seattle, Indy and Jacksonville this weekend? Are there any other games that have any impact on us at all and if all of these teams win and the season ended Monday, would the Jags be in the sixth spot for the playoffs?

Vic: In my opinion, it would be best for the Jaguars if the Jets win. I would prefer that the Jets get to 11 wins, which would keep them out of a tie-breaker situation involving the Jaguars. If the Jaguars should end up in a tie-breaker, it would be best if it includes the Bills and/or Broncos and nobody else. In a Jaguars-Bills-Broncos tie-breaker, the Jaguars would win on a head-to-head sweep. If you introduce a team to that mix the Jaguars haven't played, which would be the case with the Ravens or Jets, then head-to-head would not be used and the Jaguars would lose a clear advantage. So, in my opinion, you should root for the Jaguars, Bengals, Colts and Chiefs to win this Sunday. The key is the Jaguars winning in Green Bay. If the Jaguars win in Green Bay, Baltimore and Denver lose and the Jets win, I'll like the Jaguars' chances. Given those results, I would think the Jaguars would become the favorite to win the second wild-card spot.

Ryan from Jacksonville:
You mentioned Green Bay's defense is 26th overall, 27th against the pass and 11th against the run. So what determines overall rankings in defense?

Vic: Yards allowed.

Richard from Woonsocket, RI:
A year ago I went to the Jags-Pats game. Jack Del Rio chose not to use any heating methods and used the old-school attitude. Will he do the same in Green Bay? He looked pretty cold himself.

Vic: You're wrong about not using heaters. The Jaguars had heaters in full force on their sideline in New England. They had the hot seat and the blowers. Jack Del Rio, however, was dressed more for golf than a football game in December. He's already said this week that he'll wear a coat in Green Bay.

Tony from Suwanee, GA:
I am going to the Green Bay game this weekend and plan to wear my Jaguars gear. What have you heard about the way Green Bay fans treat visiting fans? If any other Jaguars fans are attending, perhaps we could meet around two p.m. Central Time at the Lombardi statue to show support for the Jags.

Vic: Tony, you're going to be so cold you'll hope Packers fans burn you at the stake.

Jacob from Jacksonville:
If the season ended today, who would get your vote for MVP?

Vic: Peyton Manning.

Brian from Birmingham, AL:
The year the Jaguars drafted James Stewart, what other running backs were available for the Jags to take?

Vic: Curtis Martin and Terrell Davis.

Timothy from Fond du Lac, WI:
How good do you feel the Packers really are? They got destroyed by the Eagles and barely managed to pull off a win against the Lions at home. Are the Packers for real?

Vic: Their quarterback is for real and he's the guy everyone fears.

R.J. from St. Augustine, FL:
With the Titans starting to spiral toward the bottom of the NFL, when do you think Fisher will get replaced, if he gets replaced at all?

Vic: It's not losing that causes teams to do desperate things. It's the salary cap that causes desperation and the Titans' salary cap has forced and will continue to force the team into a deep state of desperation. When that happens, everything and everyone is vulnerable. Jeff Fisher is one of the giants of the coaching profession, but all of a sudden there is speculation Fisher and the Titans might part ways. Unthinkable? It should be but it isn't because salary cap hell forces teams into purging, and that often includes the coach. Why would he wanna stay there anyhow, right? Who wants to lose for four seasons? That's why you have to make sure you don't screw up the cap. As long as your cap is healthy, your franchise is stable. Losing can be turned around in a year, as long as your cap is OK. But when the cap goes bad, especially when it goes real bad, you're done and you're done for a long time. That's why, all of a sudden, there's speculation Fisher might go somewhere else.

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