We're Black and Blue All Over:
Good morning, everyone. And really, it is a good one. The NFL has been exposed for the fraud it tried to pull over its players, coaches, executives, fans, advertisers and partners. The tipping point has arrived, I have to think.
Now, in the aftermath of the Green Bay Packers losing Monday night's game in Seattle on a botched call by replacement officials on the final play, we wait. We wait for an NFL response, presumably via statement later Tuesday. I don't think commissioner Roger Goodell will overturn the outcome, as we discussed earlier Tuesday morning, but you have to think we're on the way toward officiating order being restored.
Otherwise, we're headed toward scary territory. As ESPN.com's Darren Rovell noted, between $150 million and $250 million in bets changed hands as a result of that final play. Those are some pretty big numbers and should rightfully draw scrutiny from those concerned about the integrity of the game.
While we have a second, let's catch up on local coverage in the NFC North. I'll warn you in advance this will be a Packers-heavy day.
Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette isn't letting the Packers' offense off the hook for a 14-12 defeat.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy on the first-half offense, via Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "The offense didn't do our part in the first half," McCarthy said. "I should have adjusted plans earlier. I'll take responsibility for that."
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com on the scene in the Packers' post-game locker room: "'You guys suck, bro!' veteran center Jeff Saturday yelled upward at the TV, throwing a towel at it for emphasis. Fullback John Kuhn opted for a one-word expletive. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers shook his head, speechless. By the time he'd reached the podium for his traditional post-game news conference, the reigning NFL MVP had found some words, but not many."
Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola took the blame for his team's botched final play Sunday, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch accused Tennessee Titans guard Leroy Harris of a cheap shot in Sunday's game, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com has a transcription of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's interview with a Detroit radio station about his leg injury. (He doesn't give up much.)
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith is hopeful of getting tailback Matt Forte (ankle) back in time for Monday night's game at the Dallas Cowboys, notes ESPNChicago.com.
The Bears defense has been in mid-season form all year, writes Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.
In charting Sunday's Bears victory over the St. Louis Rams, Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune noted 14 inaccurate throws for quarterback Jay Cutler.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com breaks down the tape of the Minnesota Vikings' victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Vikings players are praising the game plan installed to beat the 49ers by offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, according to Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.
Receiver Jerome Simpson is excited to rejoin the Vikings after a three-game NFL suspension, writes Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.