We're Black and Blue All Over:
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Good mid-morning to you. Week 10 is in the books after back-to-back blowouts in the NFC North. Monday night, the Green Bay Packers overwhelmed the Minnesota Vikings in all facets a day after the Chicago Bears taught the Detroit Lions a lesson on execution amid the brutality of a November game that counts.
That’s my pretty encapsulation of what we saw this weekend. Here's how we look:
Green Bay Packers (9-0)
Detroit Lions (6-3)
Chicago Bears (6-3)
Minnesota Vikings (2-7)
I'm making my way back to NFC North blog headquarters after this divisional doubleheader this morning and will have check in periodically throughout the day. We'll pick through the rubble throughout the week. But first, our morning tour around the division:
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "It doesn't get much better than this for the Green Bay Packers. Their 45-7 thrashing of the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on Monday night was about as close to perfect as a team can get."
Packers returner/receiver Randall Cobb had an eventful night, notes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Packers brought plenty of pressure Monday night, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Vikings might need more time than expected to rebuild themselves, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. Monday was the second-worst loss in franchise history based on margin of defeat.
Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "The Vikings have more than issues. They are a mess."
The Lions rejected suggestions that they weren't up to the pressure of Sunday's game at Soldier Field, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press writes the Lions aren't winners yet: "A winner backs up big talk and big hits with big results. A winner isn't inexcusably caught ill-prepared for its biggest game in 10 years, especially coming off a bye week when it should be a little healthier and certainly fresher. A winner knows how to respond when the opposition targets it as the biggest game of its season."
The Lions are considering personnel changes in their coverage groups, writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
The NFL is sorting out the fourth-quarter fracas between the Lions and Bears to determine discipline, notes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Bears defensive end Julius Peppers made a huge impact on the victory, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
The Bears will need more from quarterback Jay Cutler in the playoff push, writes Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago.com.