Black and Blue all over: A streak at risk
There's only one game this weekend in the NFC North, and it might not be seen in many places.
As of Thursday morning, the Detroit Lions had about 6,000 tickets remaining for Sunday's game against Washington. That's a huge number of tickets to sell before the NFL's Thursday afternoon deadline to avoid a local television blackout, and there's no guarantee the tickets would move with the customary 24-hour extension.
The Lions have sold out 51 consecutive games, as Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press points out. That streak includes every game held at Ford Field since it opened in 2002.
We'll keep you updated throughout the day on this important issue.
Elsewhere around the NFC North:
- Drew Sharp of the Free Press criticizes Lions coach Rod Marinelli for not coming clean even after Brett Favre admitted to speaking with former Lions president/general manager Matt Millen last month: "Marinelli's reaction was telling, indicative of a coach who's in over his head. It was another example of somebody incapable of recognizing the bigger picture, even if it means acknowledging something that contradicts personal principles."
- Chicago quarterback Kyle Orton has a 113 passer rating when throwing out of the two tight-end alignment, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- The Bears were the fifth team to host free agent safety Terrence Holt on a visit this season, according to John Mullin of the Chicago Tribune. Holt signed with the Bears on Wednesday.
- The Packers beat writers of the Green Bay Press-Gazette offer a humorous video look at the latest Brett Favre controversy.
- Once everyone returns to the lineup, Green Bay safety Nick Collins believes: "[W]e can be the No. 1 secondary in the league." Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal has details.
- Minnesota tight end Visanthe Shiancoe has rebounded nicely from a shaky early-season performance, writes Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.
- Embattled Vikings punter Chris Kluwe was ready for the bye week, writes Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "Obviously you need that sort of mental recovery whenever you can get it," Kluwe said. "It's been a rough couple weeks. I'm not going to lie. This will be a nice break. Get my mind right, come back and kick like I know how to kick."