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Continued: Sunday NFL Insider: Remember McCown? Nooooooo!

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 1, 2013 - 7:46 AM

“He’s a different guy now,” Williams said. “He’s a lot better than he was 10 years ago.”

At 6-5, the Bears need to win to keep pace with the Lions (7-5) in the division. Williams wouldn’t mind returning some of the pain a decade later.

“I’m the only guy in this locker room left from that game 10 years ago,” he said. “Hey, even I was a rookie at one time.”

Northern intelligence

There isn’t much good news to come out of a 40-10 loss that drops a team to 0-4-1 over the past five games. But the Packers did finally get Derek Sherrod into a game at right tackle during the Thanksgiving thumping at Detroit.

You might remember the name. Sherrod was the Packers’ first-round draft pick in 2011. But he broke his right leg in December of his rookie season. He missed all of 2012 and the first 10 games this season. He played on special teams against the Vikings and then saw action on offense when a knee injury to center Evan Dietrich-Smith caused the Packers to shuffle their line against the Lions.

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Bears return man Devin Hester set Chicago’s single-game kickoff return yardage record with 249 in the Week 2 win over the Vikings.

He has reached many other milestones this season, including becoming the fifth player in NFL history with at least 3,000 punt return yards (3,144) and 5,000 kickoff return yards (5,005). The others are Brian Mitchell, Allen Rossum, David Meggett and Eric Metcalf.

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Packers guard Josh Sitton probably picked the wrong time to call the Lions “scumbags” and “dirt bags.” Without Aaron Rodgers to back him up, the Packers gave up seven sacks and were outgained 561-126 in yards during the 40-10 loss at Detroit. After the game, Sitton didn’t back down, saying, “I’m not taking it back.”

Although it seemed to motivate the Lions, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh shrugged it off when asked if Sitton’s comments had any impact on the game. “For me, personally, no,” he said. “It’s just words.”

Three observations …

• Steelers coach Mike Tomlin should have been flagged and deserves a big fine for being in the field of play and affecting the outcome of a return that would have been a touchdown by Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones.

• Let’s all relax and stop writing off Robert Griffin III at the grand old age of 23.

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Cleveland - LP: T. Bauer 1 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: A. Swarzak 3
Cincinnati - LP: M. Leake 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse 5
Kansas City 1 Top 9th Inning
Chicago WSox 1
Washington 2 Bottom 5th Inning
Colorado 3
NY Mets 1 Top 5th Inning
Seattle 0
Detroit 7 Bottom 4th Inning
Arizona 0
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Pittsburgh - F. Liriano
San Francisco - M. Bumgarner 6:05 PM
Philadelphia - A. Burnett
Texas - Y. Darvish 6:05 PM
NY Yankees - D. Phelps
Boston - C. Buchholz 6:07 PM
Toronto - R. Dickey
Miami - N. Eovaldi 6:10 PM
Atlanta - E. Santana
Tampa Bay - A. Cobb 6:15 PM
St. Louis - L. Lynn
San Diego - I. Kennedy 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - T. Wada
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Chicago 9:30 PM
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Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
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Hamilton
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Washington 89
New York 9:30 PM
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