We're Black and Blue All Over:
SOMEWHERE IN WISCONSIN -- I started the trek back to NFC North headquarters after Thursday night's affair at Lambeau Field but have stopped for a few hours to bring you some Friday nonsense here on the blog. Don't ask me what time or day it is, let alone where I am. It's all a blur at the moment.
Here's what I do know: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Chicago Bears believe tailback Matt Forte has a high ankle sprain, another blow after an ugly 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Forte did not return to the game after suffering the injury in the third quarter.
It's not clear how much time Forte will miss, but high ankle sprains for running backs are no joke. The Bears' depth at the position for the moment is Michael Bush and Armando Allen.
Let's take a quick stroll around the division before getting to our Free Head Exams and Final Word:
ESPN's Michael Wilbon: "Those of us who wondered aloud if the Packers were on the verge of trouble need to wipe the egg from our faces, because they're not … not after the Bears' visit amounted to a delivery of chicken soup. In fact -- and here's how quickly things change dramatically in the NFL -- the Packers now have another victory over the Bears, who appear as though they ought to pull the car back into the garage and have an overhaul since they don't play again for 10 days."
David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler: "Nothing wrong with an NFL quarterback showing bravado. Confidence can be as important as a quick release. But Cutler's mouth wrote a check his body couldn't cash ...."
Dan Pompei of the Tribune: "It's one thing to block the Colts, without Dwight Freeney and with the comforts of playing at home. It's quite another to block the Packers, with Clay Matthews and the thunder that some 70,000 lathered-up Cheesies can create. The offensive line of the Bears might be good enough for some assignments, but not for others."
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com breaks down the Packers' fake field goal. I'll have more on it in our Packers Free Head Exam as well.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson via Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "This was an old-school, Black and Blue division game. Typical Green Bay-Chicago game."
Mike Woods of the Appleton Post-Crescent on the Packers' offense: " This was the unit that was expected to do the heavy lifting -- again -- this season. But through two games, the offense has had as much rhythm as a sixth-grade band."
The Detroit Lions will need a balanced offensive approach to beat the San Francisco 49ers, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com: "Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young has developed a reputation for being unable to control his emotions, but teammates and coaches are not worried about him losing his cool again heading into Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers." Hmmmm.
Neat column from Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated on coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz. Rosenberg: "Jim Schwartz often seems like he thinks he knows everything. But that isn't really the case. If he thought he knew everything, he would not be such a good coach."
The Minnesota Vikings have the NFL's lowest payroll this season, reflecting their youth movement rather than frugality, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson believes he is 95 percent of his peak eight months after major knee surgery, notes Mark Craig of the Star Tribune.
Vikings center John Sullivan is expected to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts despite an ankle injury that forced him to sit out Thursday's practice, notes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.