We're Black and Blue All Over:
MINNEAPOLIS -- Greetings from the Metrodome, where we're on hand for Sunday afternoon's contest between the Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins. I'll pass along any pregame news that comes my way, but for now let's take a quick spin around the NFC North:
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com sees a 14-point Vikings victory: "It's hard to imagine the Vikings' passing game being any worse than it was in New Orleans, especially considering the Saints boast one of the NFL's top cornerback pairings and the Dolphins may have one of the worst."
Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune profiles Vikings safety Husain Abdullah.
Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press profiles Vikings coach Brad Childress. An excerpt: "By Childress' orders during the summer, each Vikings player wrote five values on an index card that best describe that player's way of life."
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com predicts a 21-point victory for the Green Bay Packers over the Buffalo Bills.
It's time for Packers tailback Brandon Jackson to step up, writes Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley won't surprise anyone this season, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Detroit Lions need to earn the right to complain about last week's touchdown-turned-incompletion, writes Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press.
Lions left tackle Jeff Backus shouldn't be trusted to protect Matthew Stafford's blind side, according to Brian VanOchten of Mlive.com.
Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub will have to work hard to replace the injured Hunter Hillenmeyer, a key special-teams contributor, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times: "Irony is when the firehouse burns down. But Marc Colombo returning from an injury to play against the Bears is pretty close."
Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune on Bears coach Lovie Smith: "It seems every decision Smith makes is going to be condemned. Not debated, or even criticized, mind you. But condemned. Whatever he does is going to be wrong."