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 Packer-related questions. This week Dan connects with ex-Packer Greg Koch, a fixture at right tackle in Green Bay from 1977-85.
1. Is Aaron Rodgers playing quarterback right now as well as anybody you have EVER seen?
Koch: He's playing better than anyone in the NFL this season, but the quarterback always get too much credit when times are good and too much blame when times are bad. He has arguably the best receiving corps as a group in the NFL, but he has been great. Best ever? Don't know about that. I saw Montana, Marino, Manning and even Brady play at similar levels, so it's hard to compare.
2. The Vikings are a two-TD underdog on the early Vegas line for the game this coming Monday night. Is that too many points?
Koch: I usually don't like big point spreads in rivalry games, and the Packers-Vikings is definitely that. However, with a rookie quarterback for Minnesota, and despite the struggles Green Bay's defense is having at the moment, I would not bet against the Pack.
3. I lobbied hard for C Scott Wells to make PFW's Midseason All-Pro first team to no avail (he was beaten out by Buffalo's Eric Wood). Should Wells have made the team?
Koch: I really like the kid in Houston, Chris Myers, and you can't argue the Texans have the most explosive running game in the NFL. But as a complete player — and with Myers having some difficulty with the bigger nosemen — I would have to go with Wells. I still predict Buffalo will fall by the wayside as the season progresses.
4. Right now, what other team in the NFC besides Green Bay scares you the most?
Koch: I never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but the team in the NFC that would scare me is the New York Giants. Eli Manning must think he is Peyton this year because he is playing outstanding, and I always considered him overrated. Defense wins in the NFL, and the Giants can play defense. No other team, not even the "dream team" in Philly, should scare the Pack.
5. All eyes are on Rodgers these days, as he looks like a league MVP in the making. Aside from him, which individual Packers player will you be watching the closest the second half of the season and why?
Koch: Some people are down on Jermichael Finley because they think he is not having the kind of season he should be having. As stated above, with the receiving corps the Packers have, there just are so many times you can get targeted in that scheme, especially with the heightened play of Jordy Nelson. But I still think Finley is second only to Antonio Gates at tight end, and I will be looking to see how much of the load he will get to carry down the stretch.