We're Black and Blue All Over:
CHICAGO -- Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was not the only NFC North player revealed Sunday to have a significant injury. Chicago Bears left guard Chris Williams suffered a dislocated wrist that required immediate surgery and will cost him the rest of the season, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Williams appeared to have been making a successful transition from left tackle, but the injury represents another in a series of season-impacting injuries he's suffered since the Bears made him their top draft pick in 2008. If he doesn't play again this season, Williams will have missed 26 of a possible 64 starts because of back, groin and wrist injuries.
Edwin Williams replaced Chris Williams on Sunday afternoon. He seems to be the first option to play left guard moving forward.
We'll spend Monday morning wrapping up Sunday's action before shifting gears to Monday night's game at Lambeau Field. First, let's take our morning tour around the division:
Michael Wilbon of ESPNChicago.com: "When the Chicago Bears are really good, which is to say a serious contender, there's a specific formula that works for this franchise. Punishing defense plus electrifying special teams and a dash of offense equals a potentially special season. The Bears are on the verge of that now, right at the edge of something promising."
The Bears were "Baaaad Men" on Sunday, writes Jon Greenberg of ESPNChicago.com.
Bears cornerback Charles Tillman played a great game against Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune: "In a matchup with playoff implications, the team trying desperately to project a bad-boy image was just plain bad, while the real postseason contender stood up. The Lions came hoping to intimidate, but instead everybody left raving about the Bears' intimidating defense that created six turnovers. The Lions picked the fight. The Bears finished it."
The Lions' six turnovers Sunday came after they led the NFL in turnover margin for their first eight games of the season, notes Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com.
Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press on Stafford's game: "The Lions can say it was the wind. They can believe it. But as a fan, you have to hope they are lying. Stafford needs to play well even when it is windy. After all, the Lions finish the season in Green Bay, and if they make the playoffs, they might have to play in Green Bay, Chicago or San Francisco, three of the windiest locales in the NFL. Finger injuries go away. In the NFC North, the wind will be around for a while."
Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News: "For the first time all season, the Lions regressed and retreated, not only shaken badly by the Bears, but shaken badly by the moment."
John Niyo of the News: "The Lions play hard. They play on the edge. And sometimes they cross the line, as they probably did again a time or two Sunday. "
The Bears might be a more formidable divisional opponent for the Green Bay Packers than the Lions, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette suggests it's time for the Packers to give rookie linebacker Vic So'oto a chance to rush the passer. Here's what Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers said: "The best thing I can say there is he's still very young at the position, still very green learning the techniques, all those things. You don't want to experiment on the field. You guys hear me say this all the time, and I tell the team, if we're going to call something on Sunday I want to see it work on the practice field. I don't want to just throw it out there and see if it works."
The Packers think left tackle Marshall Newhouse is more prepared to block Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen than he was in the teams' first meeting. Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com has more.
The return of Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield should provide a boost, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune looks into why the Vikings seem so committed to cornerback Chris Cook.
Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press profiles rookie Vikings safety Mistral Raymond. An excerpt: "As Raymond prepares to become a bigger part of the Vikings' plans, with the team taking a hard look at its rookie safety as early as Monday night at Green Bay, the sixth-round draft choice is relishing the opportunity, but not just for him. Football is not his most important job."