Around the NFC North while wondering if someone should tell the Gophers it's not considered a good thing to break the Big Ten's career record for kick return yards ...
Having finally watched a replay of the Bears-Cowboys game, I agree with Bears GM Jerry Angelo, who said he's never seen a team turn things around and win after starting as poorly as the Bears did in Big D. The Bears' first 7-9 plays on offense made it look as though the Cowboys would win by four touchdowns and hurt Jay Cutler in the process.
We've talked about Cutler this week, but what about the Bears' defense? Wow. What a difference from last year. I was watching the game and the thing that came to mind was, "Man, Brian Urlacher looks like a tree in the middle of the fairway." With Urlacher healthy and roaming the middle, it's hard to run around him or throw over the top of him.
Of course, when you're talking Bears defense, you're also talking about injuries. And according to the Chicago Tribune, rookie safety Major Wright could miss six weeks or longer with a hamstring injury. Wright will be a very good player if he can stay healthy. Without him, the Bears will have to lean harder on Chris Harris and Danieal Manning, as well as backups Craig Steltz and Josh Bullocks against the Packers on Monday night.
While Wright's injury is a blow, the Bears' defense will be fine with big No. 54 playing the way he played on Sunday.
IN GREEN BAY:
The Journal Sentinel takes a look at Monday's matchup between Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz and Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers. It's hard to believe that as long as the two of them have been around, this will be the first time they face each other.
Monday's game should be electric. Both teams are 2-0. It's Soldier Field on a Monday night. The Bears are 3-point underdogs at home, but have the defense to challenge Aaron Rodgers and the offense to keep up with him.
I like the Bears to win at home. What better way to end Week 3 in this upside-down season than Lovie Smith standing atop the division at 3-0.
The Detroit News gives us a look at second-year safety Louis Delmas in this profile. Delmas plays with an attitude the Lions desperately need. Unfortunately, he consistently takes poor angles and gives up long gains and touchdowns. I'm guessing Adrian Peterson can't wait to see Delmas in the open field.
AND IN MINNESOTA:
Brett Favre admits he has forced passes at times during his 20-year career. In other news, Favre admits he sometimes isn't sure if he wants to retire or not.
Meanwhile, there are some bad matchups for the Vikings in this Lions game. The cornerbacks need a stepladder to cover Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh could overwhelm center John Sullivan and Kyle Vanden Bosch could wear out Bryant McKinnie. But I keep coming back to Peterson and the Lions' back seven on defense. It's no contest, assuming AD hangs on to the ball, which he has this season.