NFC North Week 4 programming note

September, 28, 2012
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Until shortly before midnight Monday, I was struggling to decide which NFC North game to cover in Week 4.

The Minnesota Vikings were fresh off a surprising victory over the San Francisco 49ers, a result that made Sunday's matchup with the Detroit Lions more interesting than it once appeared. There would, of course, be the Chicago Bears' prime-time game at the Dallas Cowboys on ESPN's "Monday Night Football."

And then everything cleared up -- just as Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate was credited with a 24-yard game-winning touchdown to send the Green Bay Packers to 1-2. I'll be at Lambeau Field this Sunday to chronicle what we'll call the "Goodell Bowl," a matchup between two teams -- the Packers and New Orleans Saints -- who have felt aggrieved by commissioner Roger Goodell's policies in recent months.

We'll see how the Packers bounce back from Monday's disappointment, and if they can salvage the first quarter of the season against a Saints team trying to prevent an 0-4 start to its season.

I'll arrive early enough to watch Vikings-Lions and post a wrap-up Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, our friends at ESPNChicago.com and ESPNDallas.com will have Monday's game covered more than adequately for you. Let's see what happens this week.

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