We're Black and Blue All Over:
Hey gang. We're going to mix things up a bit Wednesday morning and try something new. At 11 a.m. ET, I'm going to have a Twitter chat with AFC West colleague Bill Williamson about the seasons of Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Both players are top candidates not only for the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award but also MVP. Bill and I will spend some time, maybe between 20-30 minutes, exchanging thoughts on the matter. If you follow both of us (I'm at @espn_nfcnblog and Bill is at @espn_afcwest) you'll be able to see it go down in real time. Hopefully I can incorporate a few of your thoughts if you tweet them my way.
If you miss it or are maybe working or something, we'll pull the conversation into a chat module and post it in archive form on the blog later Wednesday. Let's see how it works.
In the meantime, let's take our morning tour around the division:
Jon Greenberg of ESPNChicago.com can't see a good argument for Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler playing a week after suffering a concussion.
Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Tribune would like Cutler to sit as well, but in part to see whether Jason Campbell is as good of a backup as the Bears think he is.
Bears running back Matt Forte on the team's play calling last Sunday against the Houston Texans, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times: "It's kind of like we ran the ball at the time when it was kind of like obvious we were going to run the ball," Forte said. "Plus, it was a sloppy game. I don't know. You got to give them credit; they got a good defense, too. We have to establish the run more."
Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune thinks Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf should pass on using personal seat licenses (PSLs) at his new stadium. Souhan: "Just because the stadium bill left Wilf with methods by which he can shift the financial burden to the average fan doesn't mean he should use them."
Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com on Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson: "What Peterson is doing would be eye-opening if he had entered the season at 100%. The fact he's doing with a surgically repaired knee is nothing short of remarkable."
Peterson took the relatively rare move of testifying in front of a grand jury to help get charges from a summer arrest in Houston dropped. Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has details.
The Green Bay Packers' winning percentage indoors is almost identical to their home record in coach Mike McCarthy's tenure, notes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
The Packers are going to rely heavily this week on two backup outside linebackers, Dezman Moses and Erik Walden, writes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said on his ESPN 540 radio show that he wouldn't mind seeing the team re-sign offensive lineman Chad Clifton. Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com has more details.
Sunday's game against the Packers is a must-win for the Detroit Lions, writes Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com.
The Lions need consistent defensive line play, writes Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz clarified a decision to kick short in the third quarter of the loss to the Vikings. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has details.