• JASON WILDE For the State Journal

GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy acknowledged Friday afternoon he is aware of the chatter about his job security and the debate outside the building about whether his 13th year as the Green Bay Packers’ coach should be his last.

  • TIM BOOTH | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Russell Wilson threw for 225 yards and his 15-yard touchdown pass to Ed Dickson with 5:08 left was the difference in the Seattle Seahawks' 27-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night in Seattle.

For all the good things Aaron Jones brings to the Packers’ offense – many of which were on display during his career-best 145-yard rushing effort in Sunday’s win over Miami – perhaps the most important one was his presence as a red-zone threat.

When he arrived for the offseason program in April, Jimmy Graham smirked after someone suggested he’d been underutilized during his three seasons in Seattle and that he might be “unleashed” in Green Bay. With his former team up next, Graham wasn’t about to deliver bulletin-board fodder before the game.

It’s as much a Seattle tradition as Starbucks, the Pike Place Market and the Space Needle: Visiting teams have to deal with the CenturyLink Field decibel level and keep it from being a game-changer for the Seahawks’ defense.

  • Brad Biggs

Far away from Halas Hall, Mitch Trubisky receives plenty of criticism from pundits and analysts. There is no crisis of confidence for the Bears when it comes to their second-year signal caller, however, and he showed why Sunday.

  • RICH CAMPBELL Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — Khalil Mack’s first sack in 42 days made him feel like rockin’ out. So when he got up Sunday from dropping Matthew Stafford on the first of his two sacks, he started ripping the air guitar.

  • DAVE BIRKETT Detroit Free Press (TNS)

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford responded to criticism lobbed his way this week by former NFL MVP and CBS Sports analyst Rich Gannon, who called him "overpaid" and said he piles up big passing numbers late in games.

During Mike McCarthy’s previous 12 seasons as their coach, the Packers have been in far more dire straits than they are at 3-4-1 at this season’s midpoint. Most recently, there was the 4-6 record they had after 10 games in 2016 before quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ famous run-the-table premonition. Before that, there was the 1-2 start in 2014 that prompted Rodgers’ R-E-L-A-X reassurance.