Hi everyone. 2 p.m. snuck up fast. Let's get to it.
Had to get that out of the way.
Which team has the best chance to remain undefeated after this upcoming weekend? Packers have the best quarterback in the league going into a dome that arguably could be renamed to Lambeau South and the Lions are playing a motivated Bear team coming off a confidence boosting win...
Yeah, the Packers love playing indoors and we all know what they did to the Falcons last year. I think both the Packers and Lions will both be undefeated after Week 5. How's that?
Kevin...dont get me wrong, Im ecstatic the Lions are 4-0. Those comeback wins show how much heart and fight this team has and I think will help them down the road esp if they make the playoffs. With that being said, they cannot continue getting behind like this, its going to eventually bite them in the butt. Why are they having so much trouble in the first half?
Well, it's only trouble in the past two games. It took them some time to calibrate their pass protection against the Vikings, and really their offense was stagnant until the fourth quarter against the Cowboys. I'm not sure there is a pattern yet, however. Just a pair of bad starts, at least from the looks of it right now.
When Driver went down I felt like that was his career. When he came back out in the second half, it seemed like one of those movie of the weeks, where they shot up his knee, did some crazy Mr. Miyagi vodoo for what seemed like his final touchdown of his career. Do you think he really is okay or is this the point in his career where he fades into the back ground as more of a coach then a player with Randall Cobb filling his space in the slot?
From everything we've heard, he's relatively fine from a physical standpoint. I do think the Packers are phasing him into a role as a part-time player, but more with Jordy Nelson than with Randall Cobb. It makes sense, and Driver knows he'll get his share of opportunities.
True or False; The Vikings could win the NFC West.
Ha. They'll get their first test this weekend against Arizona. Tickets still available. (For $4.)
Why do people feel the need to decide whether the Cowboys choked or the Lions came back? It's obvious to me that it's a combination of the two. The Cowboys had to make mistakes for the Lions to win, and the Lions had to take advantage of every one of those mistakes.
Quite right. It doesn't happen if Romo and Jason Garrett make better decisions, but the Lions don't win if they, say, drop the interceptions or if Calvin Johnson loses three inches on his vertical.
Don't some folks need to calm down on firingFrazier? He is a "rookie" by all accounts and it's reasonable he is going to make rookie mistakes. How he learns from them will tell if he is a good coach. I don't think his handling of QB situation is helping him though...your thoughts?
Not even an issue of whether he should keep his job. Come on. He has made a few game management mistakes, but the people who are calling for his head need to give him the same amount of time that Mike McCarthy, Lovie Smith and Jim Schwartz all got. As for the QB, I think Frazier is stuck. McNabb hasn't played poorly enough to be benched, so replacing him now would signal the season is lost. I don't think any coach is willing to admit that in Week 5.
Will DJ Moore ever get a shot to start at corner, or is he going to remain the Nickel for the forseable future?
I've wondered that. It seems like he makes a lot of plays relative to the amount of time he's in the game. He is on the short side, and maybe that would inhibit him as a full-time cornerback.
Is it time 4 the vikings to blow up roster and start to rebuild
I don't think that's in Zygi Wilf's makeup.
Do you think the Bears can run effectively against the Lions lineman, or is Cutler going to have to win this game with his arm?
The Bears HAVE to try it. The Lions' pass rush will get to Cutler if they don't at least try to run. Plus, the Lions have been vulnerable to the run this season. I don't see them winning if they need Cutler to throw 30-plus times.
KS, Is Rodgers to Jennings going to go down in history as one of the greatest duos of all time?
That's worth looking into. I don't know where they compare to, say, Montana-Rice at this stage in their careers. Good one.
Kev,Am I going to have a heart attack this week? Or is my D finally going to pick it up, and not have us down by 20 points at half time?
Ha. I think you secretly like going wild on the sideline. I've got a post coming up on that. But no, I would be surprised to see you down 20 at halftime on Monday night.
Chris Harris' value seems to be going up almost as much as Matt Forte's with every week he doesn't play and the Bear's secondary get's torched. Is he that good, or are Major Wright and Meriweather that bad?
Very much agree. The just look unorganized in the back, which isn't surprising considering Meriweather just got to town and Major Wright is effectively a rookie.
By all accounts Forte reported to camp this year in excellent shape and appears to be paying off because he is on pace for 2600+ total yards, of course that is going to be a hard pace to keep up but does 2000 total yards seem out of the question? Also, help Bears fans understand the front office's reasoning that the man currently responsible for 50% of the teams offense is not an elite running back and shouldn't be payed as such, are we to believe his season so far is a fluke?
Well, I'd slow down on the 2,000 total yards. If opponents decide that Forte is as big of a part of the offense as he appears, they can take measures to take him out of the game. Stacked lines, double-teams in passing game can work if you're not worried about Option B and C. As for his contract, I have a strong feeling it will all work out in the end and that we'll forget this time ever existed. No information there, just a hunch based on how these things usually go.
What's the latest on Fairley?
Waiting to see if he practices Wednesday. Has only had one day of even partial practice since the injury, and that was two weeks ago. So it might be a stretch for him to play Monday night.
Are you going to be at the Monday Night game this week in Motown?
Better believe it. We do all Monday night games when there is a division team involved.
I'm thinking Calvin is gonna blow the doors off of Moss's record by the time this season is over. Thoughts?
He's on pace with Moss through four games, but a long way to go.
Is it bad that I'm more interested in the new iPhone release than I am this chat.
Not at all. I'm interested to hear what they say. Big Sprint guy.
Afternoon, Kevin. Word on the street is that the stadium issue for the Vikings isn't good. In your opinion, what are the odds of the team moving?
If they never get a stadium, they will leave. But I'm not sure we're anywhere close to saying the stadium issue is dead. These things are messy deals until the final moment, and then everyone forgets what they were fighting about.
Trading Greg Olsen just looks dumber and dumber every week. He had the most receptions on the team last year and was their only (somewhat) consistant red zone target. Why not just make him a reciever and let the other TE's block? Its not like they got a lot back for him, so what the heck was the point?
I'll agree from this angle: When you have a player with his skills, you should be able to find a way to use him. But if they really are locked in to Mike Martz as their OC, I guess the trade made sense. They weren't going to use him that way as long as Martz was the OC. That's how he does the job, and it should be a surprise to no one.
KS, going into the season the games against NO, SD, and ATL seemed like the toughest on the Pack schedule. 1 down, and ATL and SD aren't playing that well. Any chance for 19-0?
Will Chris Conte get some playing time if the Bears safety situation continues to be pathetic?
Better idea is to get Chris Harris back on the field as soon as possible.
Jahvis Best had a couple of drops on Sunday. Were the balls that off target or does he need to make those plays?
I thought one of them was high, but for the most part he needs to make those catches. He's a pass-catching running back, not a running back who has passes thrown his way. He's mostly effective in the passing game.
Lions Fan: "We are 4-0!" Cowboys Fan: "Cowboys are better. Romo gave you that game." What would your response be?
"Scoreboard." It's the only thing that matters.
Kevin, do you think the fact the Lions struggled in Minnesota and Dallas a result of the crowd noise? Playing in domes can be hard especially when you can't hear. You were in Dallas, did you notice how loud it was?
You know, I did not think it was that loud in person in Dallas. I watched part of the TV copy and it actually sounded louder that way. I'm guessing the mics were positioned in such a way that it sounded louder than it really was.
Hello KevinHave you heard any news on what Mike Neal's injury was exactly ? Also will he be back after the bye week or will he be out deeper into the 2nd half of the season ? Thanks
It's been reported that he had cartilage damage but the exact details didn't get out. I would say he'll return sometime in the second half of the season, but at this point I don't know if anyone truly knows with this guy.
Another fine job by Green Bay to lock up Jordy Nelson for an additional 3 years. Logically, it seems like the next extension for them should be awarded to Jermichael. Does this seem like something that the Packers will look at during the season or will those plans be delayed until after the season (if at all)?
Finley will be a hard deal to do because it'll be based mostly on potential if it happens during the season. He hasn't played a full year to show what he can do over 16 games. I know there has been a lot of talk about his future, but it would be really surprising to see the Packers let him leave.
Johnny Jolly was arrested again.... what is his relationship with the packers? is he a roster spot? ir'd or just cut loose? is he owed money by them ? does he count towards the cap? Finally ..do you think he will ever play again ? thanks dc
He's on their suspended list, so he doesn't count against the 53-man roster. No money owed, doesn't count against the cap and I don't think he'll ever play again, no.
Can the Lions do anything about the run game? Is the issue run blocking? Is there anyone on the market that could help?
At this time of year you can't expect to get someone off the street to make that kind of impact. Their running game has been destined to be underwhelming since the LeShoure injury. That's why they drafted him in the first place.
Monday Night Lions vs Bears your thoughts?
Eager to be at Ford Field when the fans are truly jacked up. Wasn't there for last year's Jets game, which I heard was loud.
Do you buy the poor first half performance by Stafford was because he was "nervous his friends and family" were in the stands and it was his homecoming?
Hard to rule it out entirely as at least part of the issue. First two passes were off target. But the Cowboys defense deserves some credit, too.
Kevin, I have some concerns about the Vikings' inability to force turnovers consistently on defense. I sense this may be a rather big part of the reason why the Vikings are 0-4. Do you agree?
I'll say this about their defense: Other than Jared Allen, they really don't have any playmakers. Whether it's an interception or a crushing hit from a linebacker or safety, that's how you turn around games and win them. They haven't gotten that from anyone.
Who is your MVP so far this season?
Hard to argue with Aaron Rodgers on that one. But Calvin Johnson might be a close No. 2.
Has the Defensive Player of the Year award ever been given to a player on a 3-win team?
Ha. I'm going to say no.
Kevin, how hot is Mike Martz's seat right now? Do you think Lovie, Angelo, and the boys at Halas Hall will can him before the end of the season?
Not before the end of the season, no. But his contract will expire after the season, and I wouldn't say it's a lock he'll be back.
What do you think of Keiland Williams? Should he get more touches?
He's a nice complement to Best given his size and straight-ahead style. Best needs to be on the field because of how dangerous he is in the passing game, but if the Lions are ever in a position to run out the clock or use their four-minute offense, I would hope they would use Williams rather than Best.
Where do you think the lions should be in the power rankings?
Where they are, No. 4. I can't say they're better than the Packers, Saints or Patriots. If record was the only indicator for Power Rankings, they would be easy.
I understand not signaling the season is lost....but who is he kidding? Do the players really think they can go 12-0 from here on out? Thats pride on a whole different level.
No, but when you have a three-year contract to be a head coach, you don't want to give up five games into the first year.
We get it. Finley is a "matchup nightmare". But he hasn't proven to be durable, and he not even A-Rod's go-to receiver either on third down or in the red zone. They won a Super Bowl without him. With all of the weapons GB has, should they really break the bank to keep him? Or continue to use their money to lockup core players? I would argue Scott Wells is more valuable to Rodgers than Finley is.
Well, maybe you would consider this a luxury, but Finley can win games for you when teams decide to focus on Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, etc. You saw that in the Chicago game. And I think Rodgers would throw to him more if defenses weren't so religious about doubling him.
the Packers are lacking a pass rushing threat opposite opposite of Mathews. Who will help the most when they come back from injury? Zombo or Neal?
Their best chance for help is from Dom Capers, to dial up blitzes and other schemes that get pressure via matchups. I'm not sure you count on Neal or Zombo. Anything you get from them this year is gravy.
Didn't Frazier make a mistake by bringing in McNabb in the first place? When both Philly and Washington say no thanks, doesn't that indicate a problem? The Panthers and Bengals have had no problems starting rookies this season and have won more games than the Vikings. Ponder should have started from day 1 and he should start now.
Pretty much how I felt at the time of the deal. I know why he did it, but it fell under the category of "I can get more out of him" that rarely ever comes true.
Aaron Rodgers is on pace for something like 5000 yards and 48 touchdown passes. I know those would be absurd numbers, but what are the chances we could see something like 4500 and 40? None of the defenses on the Packers' remaining schedule look that scary...
There are a couple of quarterbacks that are on pace to do that. Usually passing numbers slide a little bit once the weather turns, so I wouldn't necessarily start multiplying by 16 quite yet.
Overwhelming number of questions today, guys and gals. Trying to get to as many as I can. Obviously the NFC North is where it's at!
Romo picked the Lions apart in the first half. What changed in the second half? Scheme? Audibles becoming predictable? What did you see?
I think they just sat back and waited for Romo to start throwing to them, which he did. No more than that.
Packers-Patriots superbowl.....Packers 63 Patriots 61
...you look'in at me?
Maybe you should look at you.
Do you think Alex Green has the skill set to be a game changer coming in on 3rd downs, etc? Maybe a very raw Sporles type player?
He's not nearly as quick as Sproles, who is a special and unique player. But I do think over time Green could emerge as a pretty good receiver out of the backfield and a nice change of pace on running plays.
Will ESPN break out some mo-town or Enimen to kickoff their broadcast next week, they can showcase the music of every city that they visit for the rest of the season. Would be a nice non-political solution.
Not a bad idea. And what town would have a better mix of music to pick from than Detroit? I'm sure Kid Rock would push his way to the front....
Kevin, being an insider an all, can you tell me how and why Tyrell Johnson is still on the Vikings let alone actually getting playing time?
Ha. I wish I could explain that. Been asking that question for years. Guess they don't feel they have a better alternative.
Merrill Hoge says CJ for MVP so far this year. Agree?
It's a defensible position. I would still go with Rodgers, though. Best QB in the league is usually the MVP, and that's what Rodgers has been so far.
I'm amazed at the effect that Jermichael can have on a game when he only catches three balls for twenty eight yards. Anyone else in the game that you can say that about?
No, but the point is that kind of value is hard to measure in contract negotiations. It's a lot easier to set a value on a 1,000-yard season than on a season that helped another player get 1,000 yards.
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think Matt Millen deserves some props. It took a lot of guts to take a fourth WR in the first round after the first three did not work out. He had the courage to take Johnson anyway and with the second overall pick no less. You agree?
A fair, if rarely-held, view. He didn't allow the past to affect that draft, which is the right way to go. You always take the best players.
Where is Joe Webb? The Vikes are 0-4 and need some spark. Joe Webb for a couple plays a game would do that and doesn't have to be the big switch that Ponder would be. Seems like an incredible waste of talent.
Apparently he played some receiver last week. But when your offense isn't exactly explosive, it's hard to keep a player like that off the field.
Is Stafford on your MVP watch 11 touchdowns 3 interceptions is not too shabby.
He's been there. Mike Sando handles that over at NFC West.
Kid Rock... nothing says "Detroit" more than a pseudo-Packer's fan who sings "Sweet Home Alabama"
Isn't he from Detroit? Anyway, there would be lots of great choices.
Can anyone stop me in the redzone?
A reader suggested putting Julius Peppers on you if there is a play on the goal line. I would pay to see that.
Hey kevin, Most of the time when Calvin goes up for a ball he lands on his back moreso than he lands on his feet. can he keep that up? he was wincing after that pull down by Newman that put em up 34-30.
Yeah, I'm thinking he got the wind knocked out of him. But he certainly gives up his body on those plays. Defenders can't jump with him, so their only chance is to try to remove the ball on the way down, one way or the other.
How can you go a whole chat in a division where a team is 0-4 and not talk about them wanting me?
Ha. For many reasons, the Vikings are hoping they are never in that spot.
Where would Lion's be without me?
At least 2-2.
iPhone 4S will be available for Sprint.
Packers secondary vs. Matt Ryan and co. Thoughts?
Here's the thing: The Packers are winning despite giving up big gobs of yardage. So even if Ryan lights them up, what does that tell us?
If Nick Collins is done for his career, what is more of a pressing concern for the Packers after this year...finding another starting safety or pass rusher opposite of Matthews?
Pass rushing is always more important than safety play.
Could you talk about Stephen Tulloch and the impact of the Lion's LB corps? I don't remember watching solid tackling since Stephen Boyd or Chris Claiborne. Should the front office lock those guys up longterm or what?
I don't think they have the cap room to do that right now, but it's hard to argue with what he's brought. Sure tackling, playmaking and I'm guessing you saw the block he made on (I think) the second interception return. Just a smart, instinctive, pure football player.
Kevin I really wanted to know if you were in the Locker room when Schwartz handed out the game balls? That was awesome!
No, the media is not allowed in for that. I assume it was on NFL Films or something?
Is Bobby Carpenter actually pretty good or do I just think that because of one good play?
The Lions like him because he doesn't make many mistakes. Probably not a 16-game starter or anything, but a pretty decent option if your starter is injured like Durant was.
OK gang, a couple more here.
With the lions head coach cracking jokes about Romo throwing to the lions and his celebrations after winning. Do you think he needs to start handling his success with as much class as he has handle the losing before he turns the lions into a team people want to see lose?
Maybe way down the road. But I think right now he's getting the benefit of the doubt because of how much pain this franchise has endured in recent years.
Are you serious. At 0-4 and no chance this season, you think the Vikings don't want Luck? I bet the Colts aren't too sad about 1997's record when it lead to Peyton Manning.
I just think they are hoping their season doesn't turn out in a way to put them in that spot.
OK everyone, thanks so much. Chat with you next week!