Sunday Insider: Northern Intelligence

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 15, 2012 - 6:09 PM

Injured Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher wins Best Response of the Week in the NFC North. Responding on XM NFL Radio to Packers tight end Jermichael Finley's claim that the Bears defense is better off without Urlacher, Urlacher said: "Just like a couple years ago, I think, he tore his ACL and the Packers were actually better without him. You know, they won the Super Bowl."

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Naturally, many of Finley's teammates were asked for their reaction to Finley's comments about Urlacher. According to reports, most of them steered clear of the situation. Receiver Greg Jennings did, however, say, "Hey, let them hate us. We hate them, too." The Packers head to Soldier Field on Sunday having won eight of the past nine meetings, including the NFC Championship Game at the end of the 2010 season.

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When are stats nothing more than worthless fantasy football stats? When you look up and see Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford on the brink of joining Drew Brees as the only players in NFL history to have two 5,000-yard passing seasons. Stafford needs to average 331.3 yards over the final three games to get there. Big deal. The Lions are 4-9 and one of the biggest disappointments in the league.

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