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In essence, the Green Bay Packers are back where they started. They opened training camp with plans to use James Starks, Alex Green and Brandon Saine as their top three tailbacks, with John Kuhn serving as a swing fullback/tailback. And the news that Ce…Share Tweet
Bruce Arians: I threw the red flag knowing I couldn’t challengeBruce Arians won his first game as the Colts’ interim head coach on Sunday, but in the process he appeared at one point to make a rookie mistake: He picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing the challenge flag on a play when the PackersShare TweetBears rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery didn’t believe his hand injury was significant. Define “significant.” Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com reports that Jeffery suffered a fracture in his right hand in Sunday’s 41-3 win over the Jaguars. Per theShare TweetEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings strong safety Harrison Smith won't be punished further for his shove of an official that drew a 15-yard penalty and automatic ejection from Sunday's game against Tennessee.Share Tweet
Redskins optimistic RG3 will play vs. VikingsWashington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is optimistic that Robert Griffin III will play next weekend after the rookie quarterback suffered a concussion in Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.Share Tweet
Bears fan has throat slashed in Jacksonville barCNNSI.com Oct 8, 2012JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Authorities say a Chicago Bears fan who came to Jacksonville for the Bears-Jaguars football game had his throat slashed inside a bar.Share Tweet
Lovie: 'Prayers' go to family of slain Bears fanChicago Bears coach Lovie Smith opened his Monday press conference by expressing sympathy to the family of a suburban Chicago man who was killed early Sunday morning after traveling to Jacksonville for Sunday's game.Share Tweet
Steep price of Packers' pass-happy waysWe noted earlier how the Green Bay Packers shifted heavily toward their passing game Sunday after tailback Cedric Benson departed with a foot injury. It was probably no coincidence that the Indianapolis Colts sacked quarterback Aaron Rodgers five times …Share Tweet
Adrian Peterson has a mild ankle sprainThe last thing the Vikings need right now is for something to happen to upset the apple cart they’ve ridden to a 4-1 start. A bad outcome on what happened to Adrian Peterson on the second play of Sunday’s win over the Titans, for example. “The seconShare TweetAfter the Chicago Bears' 41-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, here are three issues that merit further examination: Based on the final score, it's hard to believe the Bears needed a nine-minute drive at the start of the second half just to take a…Share TweetIndianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who has been hospitalized with leukemia, wrote an e-mail to the Indianapolis Star to express the pride he has for his team after watching it come back by 18 points to beat the Green Bay Packers 30-27 on Sunday.Share TweetCNNSI.com Oct 8, 2012Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said he does not plan to bench quarterback Blaine Gabbert after a poor performance that led to the Jaguars falling to 1-4 with a 41-3 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday.Share TweetThe Colts’ stunning 30-27 win over the Packers has plenty of story lines. Leave it to Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports to dig up a new one. Silver reports that receiver Reggie Wayne, who generated a career-high 212 receiving yards on Sunday, overcame “sShare Tweet
Free Head Exam: Minnesota VikingsAfter the Minnesota Vikings' 30-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans, here are three issues that merit further examination: Quarterback Christian Ponder shook off interceptions on consecutive throws by completing 11 of his final 12 passes for 100 yards. …Share TweetOur Free Head Exam on the Minnesota Vikings will post shortly, but for now I want to pass along this news from ESPN's Adam Schefter. The NFL is expected to fine, but not suspend, Vikings safety Harrison Smith for shoving aside back judge Steve Freeman i…Share Tweet
Fran Tarkenton admits he was wrong about the VikingsAdd legendary Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton to the list of people who were wrong about the Vikings. People thought he was nuts in the preseason when he said the Vikings would trail only the Packers in the NFC North. “I was wrong,” Tarkenton saidShare Tweet
The Air-Humping Chicago Bears Assistant Coach Is Really Grossdeadspin.com Oct 8, 2012Gross. That is really gross, dude. You're way too old to be doing stuff like this. I'm sure the "Hey loogit me y'all, I'm humpin' air. Hee haw!" routine used to be really funny back in your college days, but you're a grown-up now; a grown-up w…Share Tweet
NFC North Week 5 Quarterback ReportLet's review Sunday's performances from NFC North quarterback. Remember, the Detroit Lions and quarterback Matthew Stafford had a bye. Aaron Rodgers Passer rating: 103.5 QBR: 54.1 Action plays: 48 Comment: Rodgers threw three touchdowns passes and has s…Share Tweetyahoo.com Oct 8, 2012The NFL is full of interesting stories right now. From the Atlanta Falcons, who are 5-0 for the first time in franchise history, to the utterly shocking 4-1 Minnesota Vikings, to what five different rookie starting quarterbacks are doing this year, it w…Share TweetThese are not the days to be a Titans running back. According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, the Titans fear they’ve lost backup Javon Ringer for the season with a left knee injury, suffered late in Sunday’s 30-7 loss to the Vikings. He was hauled ofShare Tweet
BBAO: Bears, Vikings emerge in raceWe're Black and Blue All Over: Late last week, I suggested the NFC North had an opportunity to step up and demonstrate it will have multiple teams in playoff contention thanks to a weekend schedule of presumably inferior AFC South opponents. Two of our …Share TweetYou know that 13-play touchdown-scoring drive you saw at the end of the Colts’ win over the Packers on Sunday? That’s what a franchise quarterback is supposed to look like. Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall pick who had the biggest pair of shoes to fillShare Tweet
Week 5 Quick Hits: Packers' Offense Is Puzzlingnytimes.com Oct 8, 2012With the exception of last week's win over New Orleans, Green Bay's offense has been uncharacteristically inconsistent in 2012.Share Tweet
Benson Will Miss Next Week's GameOct 8Packers RB Cedric Benson to miss Week 6 against the Texans after foot injury in loss to Colts.
Jay Cutler's Mailbag Pt. 2: Slow StartsOct 8Bears quarterback Jay Cutler talks to John Jurkovic and Marc Silverman about the offense's slow start each week and whether his chemistry with Brandon Marshall is where he expected it to be.
Jay Cutler's Mailbag Pt. 1: Hester HOF?Oct 8Bears quarterback Jay Cutler explains to John Jurkovic and Marc Silverman how Devin Hester impacts the game and why he should be in the Hall of Fame.
Jay Cutler's Mailbag Pt. 3: Cutler's Green ThumbOct 8Bears quarterback Jay Cutler takes a call from his teammate Brandon Marshall who reveals a secret about his quarterback.