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Monday, August 20, 2012
BBAO: Starting to get serious around here

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Hello everyone. I hope you had a nice August weekend, one that felt more like September here in the Upper Midwest, but I doubt anyone was complaining.

It's starting to feel like September in the NFL as we pass the midpoint of the preseason and prepare for the third, and most significant, preseason game. (See what I did there?) Starters typically play a half or more of the third game, and as it turns out, the NFC North likely will see a host of important players take the field for the first time this summer.

That list includes Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings (concussion), Packers running back Cedric Benson (late signing), Detroit Lions tailback Mikel Leshoure (hamstring) and possibly Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson (knee). We will follow their progress as the week develops.

Meanwhile, I've been tinkering with our Facebook page, one that was getting dusty because I had reached the limit of 5,000 friends. It's tough being popular. Anyway, we've converted it to a "fan" page that you "like" instead of "friend," and now that I've reconnected it with our links feed, we should be up and running. So by all means go ahead and "like" the NFC North Facebook page ("Kevin Seifert Espn") if you weren't already a friend. We're still known there as "Kevin Seifert Espn." Spread the word.

Now, for our morning tour around the division: