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Pack­ers beat writer Michael Co­hen an­swered ques­tions from read­ers Mon­day, a day af­ter Green Bay’s win over Hous­ton. Read the com­plete tran­script at json­line.com/pack­ers.

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Q: Hello Michael! Can the Pack over­come the in­juries and de­feat the Sea­hawks at OUR house in your opin­ion?

A: Hey guys, thanks for join­ing me to­day. I think Sun­day’s game is go­ing to be a tough one for the Pack­ers. The Sea­hawks might be the sec­ond-best team in the NFC af­ter Dal­las, and they look to be rolling right now. Did any­body watch them last night? Quite a dis­play. Seat­tle’s sec­ondary took a big hit when safety Earl Thomas broke a bone in his leg. He’s one of the best in the league, so that’s a huge loss. Might al­low the Pack­ers to have some suc­cess in the pass­ing game. Seat­tle opened as 21⁄ 2- point fa­vorites, and I think that’s about right.

Q: Do you think MM will even­tu­ally let Mont­gomery be­come our fea­tured back? I feel he has the tan­gi­bles to be a great back for this of­fense, es­pe­cially if he adds a cou­ple ex­tra pounds next sea­son. The guy is pure mus­cle, kinda Mar­cus Allen-ish, not to com­pare, just the size.

A: I’m not sure if Mont­gomery will ever be a fea­tured back in the tra­di­tional sense of 15 or 20 car­ries per game. But I do think he can be a fea­tured player in terms of the num­ber of touches he gets each week. I’ve watched Ohio State play a few times this year, and they have a do-it-all player named Cur­tis Sa­muel who is some­thing be­tween a run­ning back and re­ceiver. The Buck­eyes use him all over the field and he av­er­aged bet­ter than 9 yards per touch this sea­son. I think that could be Mont­gomery’s ceil­ing, a guy who touches the ball fairly of­ten from a lot of dif­fer­ent spots on the field.

Q: What has hap­pened to Cobb? Yes he had a touch­down but he has been very av­er­age for al­most two years now. Should the Pack­ers think about ask­ing for a pay cut in the off­sea­son?

A: Ran­dall Cobb: 57 catches, 577 yards, 4 touch­downs with con­tract to­tal­ing $40 mil­lion. Adam Thie­len of the Min­nesota Vik­ings: 52 catches, 657 yards, 3 touch­downs with a salary of $600,000 this sea­son. Cobb’s pro­duc­tion does not match his con­tract, in my opin­ion.

Q: Michael, my ques­tion is about LaDar­ius Gunter. He had a cou­ple of ac­ro­batic passes de­fensed yes­ter­day. He seems to have the swag needed to play CB. Is he fast enough to ever be a top-tier CB?

A: I was very im­pressed with Gunter’s per­for­mance yes­ter­day, es­pe­cially his abil­ity to break up passes as you men­tioned. Gunter is ac­tu­ally pretty slow by cor­ner­back stan­dards, and that’s why he didn’t get drafted com­ing out of Mi­ami. But he plays very ag­gres­sively and very phys­i­cally and he’s found a way to have suc­cess against faster re­ceivers. He did a tremen­dous job on Odell Beck­ham Jr. ear­lier this year and lim­ited Julio Jones as well. (Granted, Julio Jones hurt his an­kle and wasn’t as ex­plo­sive as nor­mal, but still.) He had an­other solid game yes­ter­day. Not sure if he will ever be a No. 1 cor­ner the way Sam Shields was, but he’s prov­ing him­self wor­thy of sig­nif­i­cant play­ing time.

Q: Chris­tine Michael looks like a bet­ter run­ner than James Starks (hits the holes faster and has more speed). Do you think Michael will be­come the start­ing back by week 16?

A: I agree that Michael showed more burst and ex­plo­sive­ness than Starks has this sea­son. How­ever, Michael car­ried nine times and av­er­aged about 2 yards per carry, which is ac­tu­ally a lit­tle worse than Starks’ av­er­age of 2.3 yards per carry this sea­son. I think the coaches will try to in­volve Michael a bit more this week and take ad­van­tage of his ath­leti­cism if they can.

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