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Sunday Insider: Northern intelligence

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG
  • Star Tribune
  • September 14, 2013 - 5:10 PM

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Coming off a career-long 58-yard field goal that topped his franchise-record 57-yarder in 2011, Bears kicker Robbie Gould has made 209 of 244 career attempts. His 85.7 success rate is fourth best in NFL history among those with at least 100 field goals made. The top three: Mike Vanderjagt (86.5), Nate Kaeding (86.2) and Rob Bironas (85.8).

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Lions running back Reggie Bush has more respect for Arizona’s run defense than he does the Vikings run defense, which allowed him to rush for 90 yards on 21 carries (4.3) last week. “I do think this game is going to be a lot tougher for us to run the ball,” Bush wrote in his blog on detroitlions.com. Arizona gave up only 67 yards rushing but allowed 299 passing in a loss to St. Louis last week.

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Film of the Redskins’ Week 1 loss to Philadelphia had to help the Packers prepare their Week 2 game plan against quarterback Robert Griffin III. Clearly, RG3 isn’t quite ready to really test that surgically repaired right knee. He ran only five times for 24 yards, looked tentative, out of sync and did not step into his throws. He had only 160 yards passing through three quarters before notching 169 more in the fourth for a career-high 329 in the failed comeback.

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