We're Black and Blue All Over:
We've got a big day coming here on the NFC North blog, so let's get straight to our morning roundup:
Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith didn't agree Monday when a reporter referred to his defense's coverage as "soft," writes Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com.
Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald looks at the struggles of the Bears' defense on third down this preseason.
Former NFL quarterbacks Joe Theismann and Rich Gannon aren't ready to panic about Jay Cutler' preseason performance, writes Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune on the Bears: "Where the Bears likely will end up is where they have been in recent years -- somewhere in that no-man's land between 7-9 and 9-7. Their record will depend on injuries, breaks and whether they can clean up some of these issues and develop some of their potential in other areas."
The Detroit Lions' depth at middle linebacker remains shaky, write Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
We discussed the likely discipline headed the way of Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Lions coach Jim Schwartz, however, wondered if Cleveland Browns linebacker David Veikun should be disciplined for a low hit on quarterback Shaun Hill.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Barnett has missed twice the number of training camp practices this year as he missed from 2003-08 combined, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Packers are going to have to trim their total of eight running backs and tight ends before final cuts, notes the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Rookie defensive end Mike Neal is making an impression on the Packers, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Mark Craig of the Star Tribune: "To the highly untrained eye, Sage Rosenfels looks more accurate, more comfortable and more qualified than Tarvaris Jackson to stand next in line behind a 40-year-old quarterback with leaky pass protection that threatens the greatest streak of longevity in sports history."
Vikings kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd doesn't have a touchback this preseason, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin expects to get his starting job back when his injured knee is healed, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.