NFC North: 2013 Week 2 NFL Buzz

Locker Room Buzz: Detroit Lions

September, 15, 2013
9/15/13
8:35
PM ET
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Observed in the locker room after the Detroit Lions25-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Bush
Bush
Bush walking fine: Lions running back Reggie Bush injured his left knee during the second quarter and missed most of the second half due to it. While he will undergo tests Monday to find out what is going on, he moved fairly well around the locker room after the game as he packed up his things.

Johnson exchanges jerseys: After the game, Calvin Johnson exchanged jerseys with Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson. Johnson finished with six catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns. When asked what he was going to do with the jersey, he said, “It’s my jersey.” In other words, he’s likely keeping it.

Stafford happy with offensive line: As quarterback Matthew Stafford walked out of the locker room, he turned to his linemen and said, “You played good out there.” Then he commented that for another week he was largely clean after only being sacked once.

How they are identified: Instead of nameplates Sunday, each Lions player merely had their number on a white background outlined in black identifying which locker was theirs.

Locker Room Buzz: Minnesota Vikings

September, 15, 2013
9/15/13
6:30
PM ET
CHICAGO -- Observed in the locker room following the Minnesota Vikings' 31-30 loss to the Chicago Bears:

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Final-call frustration: The Vikings' defensive call on Jay Cutler's touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett with 10 seconds left was a source of consternation in the Vikings' locker room after the defeat. Cornerback Chris Cook, who was on the left side of the field with Martellus Bennett and Earl Bennett, declined to talk to reporters after the game. Coach Leslie Frazier put the loss on himself, saying he needed to do a better job of guiding the team in the last two minutes. Middle linebacker Erin Henderson said the call on the 16-yard TD was a surprise. "It was just not what we expected in that situation," Henderson said. "Not really something we prepared for or practiced for, for that to come in that way. But it did, and we've got to make our coaches right."

Third-and-goal stop: With a chance to go up 10 with just more than three minutes left, the Vikings had to settle for a field goal when Adrian Peterson was stopped for no gain on the 4-yard line. Peterson said the call on the play was "35 Bob" -- the same play he said he could have sprung for a big gain last week. He was stopped for no gain on a run off left tackle, and the Vikings had to settle for a field goal. Asked if the Vikings could have scored had they gone for it on fourth down, Peterson said, "That's the mindset you have to have. But we just do what's called."

Trying to rally: The Vikings are now 0-2, a record from which just 22 teams have recovered to earn a playoff berth since 1990. Defensive end Jared Allen was on one of those teams -- the 2008 Vikings -- and he was quick to point that out afterward. "I've been in this spot before, and I won the division," Allen said. "We were 0-2 and we came back and won the division. You always have a chance in this league."

Locker Room Buzz: Chicago Bears

September, 15, 2013
9/15/13
5:45
PM ET
CHICAGO -- Observed in the locker room after the Chicago Bears31-30 victory over the Minnesota Vikings:

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GM makes rounds: Bears general manager Phil Emery typically doesn’t spend significant time in the locker room after games, but after the club’s second come-from-behind win in two weeks, he made sure to congratulate several players. Emery first shook hands with Lance Briggs before congratulating Jon Bostic and hugging James Anderson. From there, Emery spoke individually with Eric Weems, Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall and Robbie Gould.

Board messages: On a dry-erase board, the Bears detailed the schedule for Sunday’s matchup. In black, typewritten letters, the board read: “11:55 – Introduction (offense), 11:58 – national anthem, 12:00 – coin toss, 12:02 kickoff.” Finally, in handwritten letters in marker read the words “Bear Down,” which is exactly what the team did in rallying from a six-point deficit in the final 3:15.

Symptomatic: Still fully dressed in uniform nearly an hour after players had already left, rookie Kyle Long sat at his locker trying to describe the team’s roller-coaster ride of a game. He compared it to being ill. “You have a certain number of symptoms,” Long said. “We had our diarrhea. We had stomachache, nausea; all that kind of stuff. Then in the fourth quarter, we started feeling better.”

Locker Room Buzz: Green Bay Packers

September, 15, 2013
9/15/13
5:45
PM ET
Observed in the locker room after the Green Bay Packers’ 38-20 victory over the Washington Redskins:

Rodgers
Rodgers
Working out the kinks: In between questions at his postgame news conference, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could be seen trying to loosen up his neck by rolling his head around. He said he woke up with a stiff neck after spending Saturday night at the team hotel. “It’s not the hotel’s fault,” said Rodgers, who matched a franchise record with 480 yards passing.

Photo op: Just before Rodgers headed to his postgame news conference, he pulled out his phone and took a picture of several players being interviewed nearby at their lockers.

Pat on the back: Asked about his block on running back James Starks’ 32-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, left guard Josh Sitton said: “I had a great block. I should get all the credit for that.”

Colorful character: Tight end Jermichael Finley looked like he was wearing the same bright reddish-colored pants he did after last week’s loss at San Francisco. “Same color, but not the same pants,” Finley said. “I don’t think I’d wear the same thing.” When asked to describe the color, Finley said: “I don’t even know what color they are; it’s like pinkish-reddish.”

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