Hi all. We're going to make this the best 30-minute chat in NFC North blog chat history. We've got a ton of news going on that I have to get to, including a possible season-ending injury to Packers TE Jermichael Finley. So let's get right to it ... a few minutes early, in fact.
How can the Packers come back from a bad week like this one? Losing in OT AND losing Finley, Lee, and possibly Rodgers all while dropping to 3-2? Seems like a season of high expectations isn't going so well.
It's an unbelievable collision of events for the Packers. Just not having Rodgers, Finley and Matthews on the field for one day of practice is alarming. I've toed the party line on being able to replace the players they've already lost, but this sure looks like a crushing blow. Finley is one of the best players in this division, and the Packers' entire offense is built around them.
Any running back sightings in Green Bay? Ahman Green? Julius Jones? Anybody?
The National Football Post reported they worked out Aaron Steckar, a veteran free agent. But they didn't sign him. Not surprising.
Any word on Calvin Johnson's shoulder?
Apparently he's participating in a portion of practice today, so it can't be too bad.
Green Bay's panic mode: engaged? Or can they weather this?
I'm sure they'll say otherwise, but it's probably time to panic. No team can absorb injuries to its best players at the same time and not expect a drop-off. And it's not as if the Packers were playing great before this week.
From what you saw monday night, do you think that the vikings offence is starting to look alot like last years offence?
I think you saw what they're capable of if they can all get on the same page. But that's a huge IF. It normally takes an entire offseason, training camp and preseason for NFL teams to become well-oiled and efficient. The Vikings are adding parts by the week. I think they'll eventually be a pretty good team now that Randy Moss is here. But will they be too far buried by that point?
Is tendonitis in my elbow going to affect my accuracy and velocity like my torn biceps did with the Jets? Will it heal if i play every week?
The only thing that will help it is rest. I think they're going to have you on a "pitch count" in practice, but you need every pass you can get to develop chemistry with Moss, et al. So it's a tough quandary.
Where does Suh belong in the DROY discussion?
Right at the top, I would say. He might want to work on his post-interception dancing, however. He had a good line yesterday ... said he might do an "Urkel" next time. I would like to see that.
Do I benefit the most to having Moss come to the Vikings? I move back to where I play well in the slot and teams are worried about him and AP leaving me to run free. I am Farve favorite target all ready this just has to help the defenses forget about me a bit.
It's possible, but the other night you were not in the slot most of the time. You were playing the outside receiver position.
The vikings defense needs to get some more credit for that Monday night game. Jets offense starts with great field position like 10 times and hold them to 5 field goals. If it was not for them there would have been no chance for a comeback.
I thought they played well, but that final touchdown drive really hurt.
1. How did you think Williams(OG) played last week? 2. Who should be RT, Omilaye or Webb? 3. Do you see the offense from now on being called more like in the Detroit game where short passes to Forte (and hopefully Taylor) and Hester to open the deeper routes for Knox and Hester later?
Well enough for the Bears to have a 200-plus yard running day. Generally speaking, I really want to see how Martz calls the offense with Cutler back in the lineup. He would be advised to mix in the run, but will he?
Through 5 weeks, are we learning that this division isn't as tough as originally thought?
Division isn't that strong right now, indeed. I wonder if 10-6 will win it.
If Rodgers misses Sundays game, will that give McCarthy an unavoidable reason to actually run the ball against the Dolphins? Brandon Jackson could not have done anything better to warrant more carries when the Packers were protecting a small lead, on the road, missing Finley/Lee, and almost doubling the passing game in yards per attempt. What gives?
If Rodgers doesn't play, then I would have to imagine they'll cut back the passing game. Matt Flynn without Finley is a bad combination.
Is the mainstream media going easy on Favre?
Just trying to let it play out before jumping to conclusions. Favre's refusal to deny the allegations makes that a difficult job, though.
If the Lions play the rest of the season like they did against the Rams where is their ceiling?
Then they could be looking at a .500 season, which would be a big accomplishment after an 0-4 start. My history major math tells me that would be an 8-4 finish.
Is there hope for Packer fans with the backups in place and on their way (Bishop/Barnett, Harris, Bigby/Burnett, Jackson(Starks?)/Grant, Tauscher/Bulaga, Quarless/Finley) or are these injuries too much for them to absorb?
That's an interesting question and something I'll be addressing more on the blog. I think they have good backups at some positions but not all of them. Hard to plan to replace your starting quarterback or tailback, but the people behind both of those players are entirely unproven. Tough position to be in when you have Super Bowl plans.
What are the Vike going to do at DB?
They signed veteran Frank Walker. He's been with the Ravens, Packers and elsewhere.
Please tell me that we never have to see Todd Collins QB the Bears ever again! They could have put a dead corpse under center and he would have performed better! Oy vey! He has such an inordinately wide stance in the pocket - he has no balance! Can somebody please give me a triple oy vey??!! Smile
I think he's the next Jonathan Quinn: Gives coaches confidence if there is an emergency -- until there is actually an emergency. I don't think you'll see him on the field again unless he's the only quarterback physically available.
What's the latest word on the Bears shufflin' crew- not the '85 Bears, but their '10 offensive line?
Brad Biggs at the Chicago Tribune actually just broke this news: Chris Williams has been moved to left guard, at least for this week, upon his return from a hamstring injury. Frank Omiyale will stay at left tackle and J'Marcus Webb will be at right tackle. Roberto Garza gets benched. Edwin Williams at right guard.
It's a bold move. But the Bears obviously like what Omiyale and Webb have done.
Andrew Quarless.... 80% of Finley? 70%? 50%?
He definitely looks like he can run, and that's half the battle at tight end. Has decent hands too. But as you saw on that fourth-down play on the goal line, he's raw. A more experienced guy either finds a way to catch that ball or draws pass interference by stepping into the LB.
Are the Bears going to win the division by default? Everyone else seems to be moving backwards.
Well, they have put themselves in a really good spot. At 4-1, they could play .500 the rest of the way and win it at 10-6 or maybe even 9-7.
Hey, at least we know there are plenty of roster spots available on our team when we come back in two weeks ey Kevin?
That's another interesting situation. Will either of you be ready to get on the field on game day after three days of practice? Or are you going to need a few weeks of practice before you're ready?
Why can't Berrian produce? Granted he was never a true #1 WR, but with Moss & Harvin, he should be able to put up numbers no?
He did with Gus Frerotte. For whatever reason, he and Favre don't see eye-to-eye from a football perspective. They don't get each other. And you've seen the result.
Alphonso Smith, real deal or just an anomaly over 5 games?
Three interceptions in three games is a pretty good run, and I thought his pick of Aaron Rodgers on the deep throw to Greg Jennings was exceptional. Based on the terms of that trade, anything they can get from him is gravy.
Do the Bears have the best set of 4-3 LBs in the league? Pisa has been all over the place, Briggs is Briggs, and Urlacher might be comeback player of the year.
They've been awesome so far, yes. I still think Peppers is the MVP of this defense. He's given them their swagger back and he's taken attention away from everyone else.
Is Cooper the starter at Center for the Vikes the rest of the season? I think that position is their biggest weakness and he seemed to do a better job in the second half on Mon night. Griffen is a huge loss, but I think Allen will be fine once he is starting.
I'm guessing they'll patch together the flavor of the week for the rest of the year. None of the three guys they have there has stood out so far.
Kevin you know how competitive i am, i respond well to adversity and hate losing more than anything. In your opinion, is there any way i miss this weeks game?
I'm optimistic you'll give it your all to do so. But it will be out of your hands. The medical people have to clear you based on tests you can't outsmart.
When are the Vikings going to cut Berrian?
Ha. They might as well trade him based on how little playing time he got the other night.
Now is tendonitis? Ever notice whenever the drama queen plays poorly suddenly there is a corresponding medical condition at fault?
Hmmmm. It's an interesting point. Brad Childress has been very clear that he sees no connection.
I just read your "have at it" column. Don't you think the Bears offensive stats are a bit skewed because they had to play a 38 year old garbage QB for a game and a half in a 5 game old season?
It also includes the Giants gaame, of which Cutler played a half.
Ok everyone, I'm sorry to cut this short but I've got to get blogging. Thanks so much for chatting! We're back on our regular schedule next Tuesday.