Mark Craig's Northern Intelligence

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 17, 2013 - 7:47 AM

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Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien completed 24 of 39 passes (61.5 percent) for 280 yards, a touchdown and two picks in his NFL debut in last week’s loss to Philadelphia. The completions and passing yards set franchise records for a quarterback in his Packers debut. Not sure how big a deal that is considering the Packers had started only three quarterbacks in the previous 21 years before Tolzien stepped in for the injured Aaron Rodgers last week.

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Just when you thought it was tough to accept the fact that the Bears have one outstanding receiver, along comes a duo. Brandon Marshall is on pace for 1,397 yards, which is expected. Alshon Jeffery is on pace for 1,306, which wasn’t. With a combined 1,521 yards, they rank No. 1 in the league this week. No. 2, with 1,514 yards, is Denver duo Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. Asked what it’s like to be one of the top duos in the league, Marshall said, “I don’t think it’s ‘one of the top.’ I think we are the top. Numbers don’t lie.”

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked an NFL-high 379 times since 2001. Sunday, he’ll be looking across the line at Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. “Well, yeah, you’ve got to be careful,” he told reporters in Detroit. “You’ll end up dead if you’re not careful.” Suh said, um, thanks? “I guess I can take that somewhat as a compliment. But no, there’s going to be no killing on Sunday.”

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  • In this Jan. 1, 2012, photo, Green Bay Packers' Matt Flynn scrambles during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Green Bay, Wis. With quarterback Aaron Rodgers hurt, Flynn will back up one-time practice squad player Scott Tolzien, who replaced Seneca Wallace in the 27-13 loss Sunday, Nov. 10, to the Eagles. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

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Atlanta - LP: A. Wood 0 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo 1
Cleveland 5 Top 9th Inning
Detroit 7
Toronto - LP: R. Dickey 0 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson 7
Seattle 6 Bottom 6th Inning
Texas 8
Los Angeles 1 Bottom 3rd Inning
San Francisco 0
Colorado - F. Morales 5:40 PM
San Diego - I. Kennedy
St. Louis - A. Wainwright 6:05 PM
Washington - T. Jordan
Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - E. Volquez
NY Yankees - C. Sabathia 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - D. Price
Toronto - D. McGowan 6:10 PM
Minnesota - M. Pelfrey
Boston - J. Lester 7:10 PM
Chicago WSox - C. Sale
Kansas City - J. Shields 7:10 PM
Houston - S. Feldman
Philadelphia 6:00 PM
NY Rangers
Chicago 7:00 PM
St. Louis
Minnesota 8:30 PM
Colorado
Los Angeles 9:30 PM
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2013 preseason     
Aug 9 - vs. Houston 7 pmX27-13
Aug 16 - at Buffalo 6 pmX20-16
Aug 25 - at San Francisco 7 pmX34-14
Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
2013 regular season     
Sep 8 - at Detroit NoonX34-24
Sep 15 - at Chicago NoonX31-30
Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland NoonX31-27
Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London) NoonX34-27
Oct 6 - Bye
Oct 13 - vs. Carolina NoonX35-10
Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay 7:30 pmX44-31
Nov 3 - at Dallas NoonX27-23
Nov 7 - vs. Washington 7:25 pmX34-27
Nov 17 - at Seattle 3:25 pmX41-20
Nov. 24 - at Green Bay Noon26-26
Dec 1 - vs. Chicago NoonX23-20
Dec 8 - at Baltimore NoonX29-26
Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia NoonX48-30
Dec 22 - at Cincinnati NoonX42-14
Dec 29 - vs. Detroit NoonX14-13

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