Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
We’re making a quick turnaround into Week 5 for two Black and Blue teams. Minnesota and Detroit will be back at work Wednesday to begin preparations for Sunday’s games, although Vikings coach Brad Childress has lightened up his team’s practice load and pushed it back to late afternoon to give players more time to recover from Monday night’s game.
Chicago and the Green Bay, meanwhile, are both in their bye week. It’s a little earlier than the ideal scenario, but both teams will make good use of it. The Bears have several injured players who will have an extra week to heal, including receiver Devin Hester and linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer. And the Packers will have time to address a number of disturbing trends that have surfaced over the first month of the season.
I’ll take a look at each team’s situation at the bye later this week. For now, let’s go for a spin around the division:
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel addresses the issue of responsibility for the Packers’ 20 sacks allowed this season. Both the offensive line and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are to blame.
Rodgers deserves at least partial blame on five of the eight sacks he absorbed Monday night against the Vikings, writes Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz is “ruthless,” according to Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
The Lions waived linebacker Darnell Bing and promoted rookie Zack Follett from the practice squad, notes Kowalski.
Lions defensive end Cliff Avril played about 20-25 snaps Sunday against Chicago in his return from a hamstring injury, according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Chicago defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, whose contract expires after this season, would “love” to finish his career with the Bears, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago.
Mike Mulligan of the Chicago Sun-Times offers the Bears a five-step improvement process, beginning with better play in the first quarter.
Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reflects on a 4.5-sack night for Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen.
Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune looks back on the Vikings’ goal-line stand in the third quarter Monday night.