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Black and Blue all over: September history

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
MINNEAPOLIS -- As we told you in our Friday programming note, we'll be courtside at the Metrodome today for Minnesota's Week 2 matchup with Indianapolis.

Someone mentioned an interesting stat earlier this week that bears passing along: The Vikings are facing a team that hasn't been 0-2 in 10 years. Yes, the last time the Colts lost the first two games of the year was 1998, which also happened to be quarterback Peyton Manning's rookie year. In fact, the Colts have only lost twice in September over the past six seasons, including last week's home defeat to Chicago.

Historically, at least, you expect the Colts to bounce back. But for the record, we like the Vikings in this one.

We'll be heading downtown in a few hours. In the meantime, let's take a jaunt around the rest of the division.

  • Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press traces the relationship and similar personalities of Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Colts coach Tony Dungy. According to Frazier, Dungy proved their similarly quiet approach can work in the NFL: "It reinforced my beliefs that you could be who you are and do it the way I wanted to do it, as opposed to the other model that the majority of people recognize as a coach -- a guy who is a screamer, maybe profane in his language. That's how you motivate. Well, to do that, I would have had to change my personality, and I wasn't willing to do that. When I saw that there was a guy who was successful, who was similar to myself, I was very encouraged to stay with what I was doing and the way I was doing it."

  • Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune notes that Vikings defensive end Jared Allen will be looking for his first sack of the season against a quarterback in Manning who almost never gets sacked. (To be exact, 3.4 percent of his career pass plays).

  • Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com points out Detroit had four losses of 31 points or more last season. In the games that immediately followed, the Lions won three times and lost by one point to Dallas in the other.

  • Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press thinks the Lions offense will do everything it can to keep the defense off the field today against Green Bay.

  • You might not think of him as nifty, but Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is adding an element of mobility to the position that Brett Favre largely abandoned in his last few years with the team. Rodgers ran for four first downs in the season opener against Minnesota. As Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes, Favre hadn't run for more than four first downs in a season since 2002.

  • Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette wonders whether the Lions will catch a break thanks to the sore hamstring of Packers tailback Ryan Grant.

  • Chicago's matchup with Carolina will feature two of the NFL's most skilled players at causing fumbles, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. The Panthers' Chris Harris led the NFL with eight last season, while the Bears' Charles Tillman has 12 since the 2003 season.

  • The Bears are hoping to get rookie defensive tackle Marcus Harrison more and more playing time, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.