We're Black and Blue All Over:
This one was almost expected. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the NFL is certain to fine Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress for critical remarks he made Sunday night about Scott Green's officiating crew after a 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Among other things, Childress called it the "worst-officiated game I've seen."
I also wonder if part of the discipline will revolve around Childress' decision to reveal the details of a private conversation he had with Carl Johnson, the NFL's vice president of officiating, about two calls that went against the Vikings that night. Childress told reporters Monday that Johnson admitted the Vikings should have been awarded a touchdown on Visanthe Shiancoe's 17-yard reception in the second quarter. It's also possible that Packers tight end Andrew Quarless would have had a 9-yard touchdown reception reversed if Childress had challenged it.
I'll repeat that I'm all for more transparency when it comes to the NFL's officiating. For that reason, I'm glad Childress told us what Johnson said. But the bottom line is the NFL has a strict policy: No public criticism of officials, and no revelations from private conversations. Childress violated both of them.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre's 14 turnovers have led to 51 points for opponents, notes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press wonders if the Vikings will allow Favre to play on his twice-fractured ankle to let him see for himself that he should be sidelined.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com breaks down the tape of the Vikings' loss.
The Packers aren't worried about quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is tied for second among NFL quarterbacks with nine interceptions. Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has more.
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers has had to get creative to navigate the Packers' injuries along the defensive line, writes Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
It's not clear if the Packers will have defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins (calf) for Sunday's game against the New York Jets, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
As the Chicago Bears head into their bye week, are they in danger of unraveling? David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune asks that question.
Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times: "The Bears have lost three of four not because of [Jay] Cutler, but as the result of a total system failure on offense."
Left guard Roberto Garza (knee) is expected to be available after the bye, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
A six-victory season is within reach for the Detroit Lions as they emerge from their bye week, writes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.