Black and Blue all over: HOW nominations

Just a reminder that I’m taking nominations for Homer of the Week through the end of Tuesday. I would never rig something as sacred as HOW, but you can rest assured that it’s unlikely we’ll have a Chicago player/coach/connection for the third consecutive week. Time to spread the love.

My original criteria for the award was someone who acted irrationally, based on emotions rather than facts. The alternative definition is someone who displays Homer Simpson-like judgment or an act best attributed to a doofus.

Due to confusion, I’m expanding that list to anyone who deserves to be called out, good or bad, for what happened the previous weekend. This should be fun. Remember to hit the mailbag if you have something on your mind.

For now, let’s take a spin around the division:

  • Chicago coach Lovie Smith said the Bears need to win out and finish 10-6 to make the playoffs. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times explains.

  • Dan Pompei’s video study in the Chicago Tribune produced this observation about Bears quarterback Jay Cutler: “After charting each of Cutler's throws, I came to the conclusion Cutler made bad decisions on only three of his 43 passes. But he made inaccurate passes 20 times out of 45 throws, including two that were negated by penalties.”

  • The official diagnosis of Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford is a separated left shoulder, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.

  • Here’s more of Lions coach Jim Schwartz’s response to suggestions his players faked injuries to slow down Cleveland’s no-huddle offense from Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.

  • Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit News: “They just won a game on the final play. The Lions are excused if they go downtown Thursday morning and think the parade is for them.”

  • Green Bay signed former Denver cornerback Josh Bell in the wake of losing starter Al Harris, according to Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.

  • Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was nearly perfect Sunday against San Francisco, based on this analysis from Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • Rodgers completed 20 passes within four yards of the line of scrimmage, writes Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

  • Minnesota state legislators met at the Metrodome to inspect the building for themselves as the Vikings ask for a new stadium, according to this Star Tribune report.

  • Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was still watching film at 5:30 p.m. last Saturday afternoon. Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has more.