Each week throughout the season, PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush hooks up with a personality who has connections with the Packers and asks him five team-related questions. This week, Dan connects with Jerry Kramer.
1. What's your take on the Packers' latest victory?
Kramer: It appears they have a defense that can show up and take care of business when it has to. (Charles) Woodson was out of his mind. It was of those games where the ball just followed him around. I don't think the team was as pumped up as it was for the Saints opener. It's hard to stay so emotionally high all the time.
2. Where does Woodson rank in your mind as far as great cornerbacks are concerned?
Kramer: I put him right there with the best. I would not rate anybody above my guy Herb Adderley (a former Packer teammate), but I would put Woodson in the same class with Adderley, "Night Train" Lane and the other Woodson (Hall of Famer Rod Woodson).
3. Do you think the Packers' offense is even better than it was last season?
Kramer: (Ryan) Grant being back with (James) Starks gives the team another dimension. Certainly, another a year of experience hasn't hurt Aaron Rodgers, who is not old enough for his skills to start declining. He should be great for another 3-5 years — the same way as Bart (Starr) back in the mid-1960s. Those running backs make a dramatic difference. I sure hope they can stay healthy.
4. What kind of a game are you expecting Sunday in Soldier Field against the archrival Bears?
Kramer: You can be sure of two things. One is that it's going to be a dogfight, no matter what. The Bears could come in 0-15 and give the Packers a fight. It should be very emotional, probably just a helluva football game. Both teams need to play better than they did last week. I'm really looking forward to the game. I don't think I've ever been bored by a Bear game.
5. Do you have a prediction?
Kramer: I knew you were going to ask that. Let's say Packers 20, Bears 16.
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