We're Black and Blue All Over:
In 2007, Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna predicted the team would win more than 10 games. The Lions finished 7-9.
Six years later, Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley is talking Super Bowl. Fairley stopped short of predicting an appearance in the big game in an interview with Terry Foster of the Detroit News, but said: "I expect big things."
He added: "I am going to say we are going to the Super Bowl because I am competitive and that is what I want for the team and it is one of the goals. I am sure we are going to take it game by game and day by day."
The Lions are hoping for a big turnaround after last season's 4-12 crash. Their busy offseason has inspired some national prognosticators to promote them as playoff contenders. In these types of situations, I'm always fine with players expressing big hopes and plans. Based on NFL history, at least one team will turn around a losing 2012 season and drive deep into the 2013 playoffs. If you don't think you can be that team, then what's the point?
Continuing around the NFC North:
The Lions have agreed to terms with their bottom four draft picks, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The Green Bay Packers are planning trolley tours along the Packers Heritage Trail, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Vic Ketchman of Packers.com wonders if Packers rookie David Bakhtiari could project as the team's future left tackle.
The Minnesota Vikings and the University of Minnesota have reached a user agreement for the Vikings to move into TCF Bank Stadium for 2014 and 2015. More from the Associated Press.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is researching alternative revenue streams to cover the state's $30 million annual commitment to building the Vikings' new stadium. Baird Helgeson of the Star Tribune explains.
Here's a good one: Dayton (a politician) chastised Vikings general manager Rick Spielman for not being "honest about what the heck is going on" in regards to the team's punting "competition" and eventual release of Chris Kluwe. More from the Associated Press.
Chicago Bears rookies are excited for their minicamp this weekend, writes Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com addresses whether Bears tailback Matt Forte will be used more often in the passing game in 2013.