BBAO: Resting fast in the NFC North

We're Black and Blue All Over:

CHICAGO -- Good morning as we quickly close the door on Week 7 and motor full-speed into Week 8. The virtual ink is hardly dry on the Chicago Bears' 13-7 victory over the Detroit Lions, and already the first installment of Week 8 is 48 hours away.

The Minnesota Vikings will have their only real practice of the week Tuesday afternoon in preparation for Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bears, meanwhile, won't even practice again until Thursday to help recover from a physical game that left their quarterback with bruised ribs and their star receiver with sharpened loyalty.

Me? Glad you asked. I'm working my way back to NFC North headquarters and hope to be back by mid-afternoon. We'll have to squeeze some of our usual features this week, including the Tuesday chat, to accommodate the fact that there aren't 48 hours in one day.

For now, you have two options. Either follow along with me on Instagram -- photographs are updated at Kevinseifert_espn! -- or take our morning tour around the division. Or both.