We're Black and Blue All Over:
Our friends at ESPN Stats & Information have posted a statistic- and history-based spin on the discussion we've been having on Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson's competition with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning for the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award.
You can read the entire post here. John McTigue offered these points among others in Peterson's favor:
Peterson's average of 112.8 yards per game and 5.8 yards per attempt have been carried out over a full season only four times in NFL history. On three of those occasions, the running back won the NFL's MVP award. It's a pretty elite list: Jim Brown, O.J. Simpson and Barry Sanders.
Peterson is averaging 6.3 yards per carry when defenders put at least eight men in the box. No NFL running back has faced such fronts more often than him.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher appears to consider the concussion issue as some do global warming, writes Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times: "open to interpretation."
Bears tight end Kellen Davis is eager to put aside his poor performance last Sunday night, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
Bears special-teams coordinator Dave Toub on punter Adam Podlesh, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com: "Podlesh is fine. He understands this a performance-based business that we are in, and we brought guys in just to see where they are at right now."
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press: "The Lions are the only NFL team without a run of at least 20 yards this year, and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said that might have something to do with how defenses are playing Calvin Johnson."
The Lions are still trying to find an offensive balance, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on his game last Sunday against the Vikings, via Justin Rogers of Mlive.com: "Honestly, no performance is really good enough when you're not winning. I may have played well individually, but it wasn't enough as a team effort, and I didn't do enough to help my other teammates so we could win the game."
It doesn't appear that Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields will play Sunday against the Lions, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Is Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot a head coach in waiting? Quarterback Aaron Rodgers thinks so, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "James Starks probably has surpassed Alex Green as the Green Bay Packers’ primary running back, at least until Cedric Benson is back from a sprained foot."