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ESPN.com Updated Dec 3, 2012
After the Chicago Bears' 23-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, here are three issues that merit further examination: From a statistical standpoint, it's easy to track the reasons why the Bears have now lost three of their past four games. Put simply, thei…Upvote Share Tweet
The Green Bay Packers are not optimistic that Jordy Nelson will be available for next Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.Upvote Share TweetThe latest round of appeal hearings in the NFL's bounty investigation have concluded with appearances by former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress, Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and linebacker Jonathan Vilma.Upvote Share TweetAfter the Green Bay Packers' 23-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, here are three issues that merit further examination: Coach Mike McCarthy didn't rule out the possibility of keeping rookie Don Barclay at right tackle even if veteran T.J. Lang's an…Upvote Share TweetThe only passes from Christian Ponder that didn't sail over a receiver's head or bounce harmlessly out of bounds seemed to land in the arms of a Green Bay defender just as the Minnesota Vikings were approaching the end zone.Upvote Share TweetEd Reed threw some shade at Charlie Batch, who was far from elite but at least outplayed Joe Flacco in the Steelers' win in Baltimore. But no one was expecting greatness. Batch just gave more of what he's offered these past 10 years as Pittsburgh's back…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com Dec 3, 2012The Lions have lost two more receivers for the season. Rookie Ryan Broyles is done for the year after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Sunday’s loss to the Colts. The injury came early in the game, leaving the Lions short on active wide receiverUpvote Share Tweet
Have an N.F.L. Question? Judy Battista Has Answersnytimes.com Dec 3, 2012Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The New York Times, will answer questions from readers.Upvote Share Tweet
Stuck in a fog: So, it seems I've run into a bit of a travel snag…So, it seems I've run into a bit of a travel snag due to the dense fog we've got here in the upper Midwest. It's going to consume much of my afternoon. I'm sorry about that. Free Head Exams for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will run before I g…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Dec 3, 2012At the end of a sorrowful weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs and their admirable coach rallied together.Upvote Share TweetNdamukong Suh maintains he's not a dirty player but his actions again have drawn the ire of another opposing player.Upvote Share TweetAfter the Detroit Lions' 35-33 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, here are three issues that merit further examination: We've had plenty of offseason discussions about the value of defensive backs relative to pass rush in the NFL's current passing era. A r…Upvote Share Tweet
"Man In Purple Sombrero" Arrested After Massive Brawl Outside Vikings-Packers GameGreen Bay cops are doing that thing where they won't officially say whether a fight involving 20-30 people outside Lambeau Field, which saw two arrested and one man hospitalized, had anything to do with the football game. I think we can probably read be…Upvote Share Tweet
Bears defensive injuries piling upprofootballtalk.com Dec 3, 2012The Bears’ playoff hopes went up in smoke last season thanks to injuries to quarterback Jay Cutler and running back Matt Forte. Things are still looking good for them on that front after 12 games this year, but the injuries are starting to pile up on thUpvote Share Tweet
NFC North Week 13 Quarterback ReportThree of our NFC North quarterbacks played really nice games Sunday. The fourth was, uh, not really nice. So let's take a closer look with the help of Jacob Nitzberg of ESPN's Stats & Information. Jay Cutler Passer rating: 119.6 QBR: 94.1 Action pla…Upvote Share Tweet
Week 13 Splash Plays: NFC North players look great in tough lossesyahoo.com Dec 3, 2012Megatron being Megatron: We talked about the historical significance of Calvin Johnson's season yesterday, and here's the play of the day Megatron pulled off against the Indianapolis Colts. Sometimes, it just isn't fair -- especially when the Indianapol…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Dec 3, 2012A cloud hangs over Kansas City, but for three hours the Chiefs found escape. Peter King goes inside their inspired win with the coach who bravely led his team through the sorrow.Upvote Share Tweet
MegatronWatch: 171 yards closer to recordThe Detroit Lions finished Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts without the players who opened the season as their No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 wide receivers. And still, receiver Calvin Johnson managed to catch 13 passes for 171 yards and a 46-yard t…Upvote Share TweetThanks for your best-ever contributions to the NFC North blog's efforts to embrace the visual side of life. Division games, such as the one we had Sunday at Lambeau Field, tend to get the creative juices flowing. Withour further ado...Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Schwartz Ain't Even MadThe Colts topped Detroit yesterday thanks to some last-second Andrew Luck magic, and it's the sort of ending one might expect could launch notoriously-volatile Lions coach Jim Schwartz into orbit. Not so, it seems, as Schwartz simply brushed it off with…Upvote Share Tweet
BBAO: Re-setting NFC playoff seedingsWe're Black and Blue All Over: GREEN BAY, Wis. -- It's amazing how much happened Sunday between about 3:45 p.m. ET and 4:30 p.m. ET. In that window, the Green Bay Packers cemented a 23-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, their sixth victory in seven …Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Dec 3, 2012Here's a look at some of the injury situations Shutdown Corner will be monitoring as we move into Week 14 of the 2012 regular season: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson injured his hamstring in Sunday's 23-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Th…Upvote Share Tweet
Can AP run for 2,000 yards?Dec 3Will Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rush for 2,000 yards this season? LaDainian Tomlinson explains what needs to happen for AP to reach the milestone.
Jay Cutler MailbagDec 3Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler talks to Waddle & Silvy about whether he would take a 'hometown discount' during contract negotiations to help the Bears surround him with better talent.
The Beginning Of The End For Urlacher?Dec 3Prim Siripipat and Eric Allen talk about how much longer Brian Urlacher can play
Suh Reportedly Taunts Injured PlayerDec 3Ndamukong Suh and Lions teammates reportedly taunted Colts OT Winston Justice after he got injured.
Peter King: Crennel, Quinn open up on Chiefs' inspired win with heavy hear…Dec 3On Sunday morning, I was talking to Joe Linta, the agent for the late Jovan Belcher, about the state of mind that might have made the Chiefs linebacker shoot his live-in girlfriend nine times with his own mother in the house and then, less than an hour …