NFC North: Kelly Jennings
It's a cloudy and warm Sunday morning here in Atlanta, which we realize means nothing for a game scheduled for the Georgia Dome. In Week 6 of the NFL season, the Black and Blue blog is heading to its third indoor game. Not good for the tan.
Before motoring up I-85 to see the NFC North leaders, we should bring you up to date on one more roster move that occurred after our final post Saturday night. Detroit officially downgraded quarterback Jon Kitna (back) to "out" on the injury report and signed quarterback Drew Henson off their practice squad.
Henson is probably the Lions' healthiest quarterback. Dan Orlovsky, who is expected to start, was on the injury report all week because of a sore ankle. No. 3 quarterback Drew Stanton is still recovering from a sprained right thumb. All of which makes it even more likely that the Lions will try, against logic and conventional wisdom, to run the ball Sunday against Minnesota's stout run defense.
We'll check back with you once we get to the stadium. For now, let's take a quick jaunt around the division:
- Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press reminds us the Lions have lost 10 consecutive games at the Metrodome.
- Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune takes a look behind the week of cornerback Antoine Winfield after his stellar performance Monday night in New Orleans. Winfield admitted the first five games of this season have been the best of his career.
- Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times points out the key matchup between Bears left tackle John St. Clair and Atlanta right end John Abraham, who currently leads the NFL with seven sacks.
- John Mullin of the Chicago Tribune examines the declining production of Chicago tailback Matt Forte and wonders if it's due to a lack of work rather than too much.
- Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette offers a strong analysis of Green Bay's offensive inconsistency this season. One of the culprits: The Packers have gone three-and-out on 27.1 percent of their offensive series,
- Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel suggests the Packers should pick on Seattle cornerback Kelly Jennings.