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Monday, November 24, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Game night

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

NEW ORLEANS -- Greetings from the Big Easy. Just watched a story on the local news about the importance of "Monday Night Football" to the New Orleans economy, and it's true: Everywhere you went Sunday night, most of the people were wearing Green Bay Packers jerseys.

Yes, it's a big one for both teams Monday night at the Superdome. The Packers, for one, need a victory just to keep up in the NFC North race after Chicago and Minnesota both won Sunday.

To do so, the Packers will need to make some adjustments in the noisy atmosphere of an indoor stadium, points out the Green Bay Press-Gazette. On the other hand, they want quarterback Aaron Rodgers to continue protecting the ball. According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Rodgers is on pace to have the lowest interception since Bart Starr in 1964.

Monday night games are big for building national reputations, and Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette wonders if Packers assistant head coach/linebackers Winston Moss will soon work his way on the hot list of head coaching candidates.

We'll bring you a steady stream of posts during the day and will invite the rest of the division into the discussion. We plan to be in place at the dome by late afternoon.

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