Wednesday, November 16, 2011
BBAO: Jay Cutler hit was 'part of game'
By Kevin Seifert
We're Black and Blue All Over:
Your neighborhood blogger ran out of steam Tuesday and declined to jump into the whirlpool of another debate about the Detroit Lions' level of aggressive/dirty play. (I also skipped your weekly Total Quarterback Rating report, much to the dismay of none of you, I'm sure. We'll be reformatting that bad boy and debuting it later Wednesday.)
From what I can tell, the takeaway from the round of interviews Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh did Tuesday was that he considered it "part of the game" that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler lost his helmet during a tackle in Sunday's game at Soldier Field. We'll see if the NFL agrees. Generally speaking, it's fair to assume a series of fines and possibly a suspension or two arising from that game. Players are typically informed of fines on Wednesday and the NFL usually confirms them publicly on Friday.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press asked two former NFL quarterbacks about the broken right index finger of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Both said they think the injury has an effect on accuracy.
- Lions veteran Rashied Davis is concerned about the Lions' special teams, notes Eric Lacy of the Detroit News.
- The Lions are sticking together, writes Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com.
- The Green Bay Packers are targeting their Week 13 game against the New York Giants as a possible return for left tackle Chad Clifton, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
- Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Time will tell whether holding the Vikings to a single touchdown was a seminal moment in the Packers' season or just an expected outcome when an 8-0 team goes against a 2-6 team with a rookie starting quarterback."
- Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers on his dealings over the past week with cornerback Charles Woodson, via Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "I communicate with Charles all the time, and sometimes these things get overblown. I didn't take what Charles was saying as criticism. He was frustrated giving up 38 points just like I was."
- Bears receiver Earl Bennett is expecting an NFL fine of $10,000 for wearing orange cleats for a second consecutive game, according to ESPNChicago.com.
- The Bears are as good as any team in the NFC, writes Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Tribune.
- The Bears think that special-teams ace Corey Graham is once again playing at a Pro Bowl level, according to Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune on the state of the Minnesota Vikings: "Absorbing the worst loss in the 102-game history of the rivalry with Green Bay has to provide a reality check."
- Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com breaks down the tape of the Vikings' loss to the Packers.
- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton thinks it is "doubtful" that he'll call a special session of the state legislature to deal with the Vikings' stadium issue. Doug Belden of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has more.