Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
MINNEAPOLIS -- We’re live from the Metrodome, where Minnesota players are walking through the press box as we type on their way to the locker room. (That’s right. The road to kickoff runs through the media.)
We’ll be with you all day with updates and observations from the Vikings’ matchup with Baltimore. I’ll also keep an eye Detroit’s attempts to win at Green Bay for the first time since 1991.
For now, let’s take a quick spin around the division:
Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune examines the Vikings’ spread-the-wealth philosophy on offense.
Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press suggests Minnesota’s Brad Childress as a candidate for Coach of the Year.
You need a premium subscription to read this, but Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reports a contract extension for Childress could be coming soon.
All five Chicago Tribune football writers pick Atlanta to defeat the Bears at the Georgia Dome.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago likes the Bears’ trade to acquire defensive end Gaines Adams in part because of the team’s failures to draft productive defensive linemen in recent years.
Detroit receiver Dennis Northcutt has had some success in his career against Green Bay, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press wonders if the Lions have the personnel to exact pass rushing success at Green Bay.
This could be the day that Packers tailback Ryan Grant gets going, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines the failures of the Packers’ offense.