We had overwhelming participation in Tuesday's SportsNation chat, no doubt a response to our two undefeated teams. As it turned out, one of the questions I didn't get to sparked an idea for this week's Have at It.
Several of you asked who I thought was the NFC North's top free-agent acquisition so far this year. I think we'll get to that at some point in 2011, but being the negative cynic I like to be, I want to turn the question upside down. This week, tell me which free-agent departure has most hurt an NFC North team.
Receiver Sidney Rice, who has caught 11 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown in two games for the Seattle Seahawks. Neither of the Minnesota Vikings' top two receivers, Percy Harvin (172) and Michael Jenkins (144), have matched Rice's yards in four games.
Defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins has four sacks in four games for the Philadelphia Eagles. That matches the total number of sacks for all Green Bay Packers defensive linemen, who have given up the second-most passing yards in the NFL.
Linebacker Ben Leber has played in four games for the St. Louis Rams, starting three. The Vikings have surely missed his veteran presence and leadership during their second-half collapses this season.
As always, give me your thoughts in the comments section below. I'll post a representative sample, along with my own thoughts, by the end of the week. Have at It.