We're Black and Blue All Over:
Many of you probably noticed Chicago Bears fans taking over Cowboys Stadium last Monday night, at one point chanting "Let's go Bears" so loud that linebacker Brian Urlacher could be seen saying, "Wow." Now it appears another NFC North opponent is worried about fans overtaking its stadium.
Indianapolis Colts acting coach Bruce Arians attempted this week to warn fans that Green Bay Packers fans travel well and will likely be out in force Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Indianapolis is about four and a half hours away from the Wisconsin state line.)
Arians, via Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star: "Having been against the Packers, I know how their fans travel. No way can they come into Lucas Oil this week and take over our stadium. We cannot allow the Cheeseheads to come in here and take over."
The Colts will have an emotional day regardless. Arians is the acting coach because coach Chuck Pagano is undergoing treatment for leukemia.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette writes about the dynamic of former NFL players and non-players on the Packers' coaching staff.
The Packers' special teams have grown strong under special-teams coordinator Shawn Slocum, writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Packers have already ruled out receiver Greg Jennings (groin) for Sunday's game, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com, and it's unclear when he will return.
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is making the transition to a full-time role as a blocker/receiver. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com explains.
Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune sits down to watch tape and discuss the finer points of pass rushing with Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has been bothered this week by a sore knee, reports Bruce Brothers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, but it was improving Thursday.
Chris Conte and Major Wright have given the Chicago Bears a serviceable pair of safeties, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
Bears tight end Matt Spaeth has a role in the Bears' improved pass protection, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli isn't satisfied with the start the Bears' defense has had this season, writes Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Detroit Lions special-teams coordinator Danny Crossman, via Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News: "I'm a teacher. If you're a teacher and half the kids are flunking your exams, you've got to find a way to teach the kids better."