DETROIT -- We're Black and Blue (and a little embarrassed) all over:
We've had some high-flying offense in the past two years here in the NFC North. In Week 14, we, uh, had something different.
Thanks to @peaceispimp for pointing it out right away Monday night: Collectively, the four NFC North teams scored 20 points this weekend. Let's go through the litany:
Chicago Bears: 7
Detroit Lions: 7
Green Bay Packers: 3
Minnesota Vikings: 3
Only the Lions managed to emerge victoriously, and overall it was an ugly few days for this division. We'll all have to double our efforts and work harder to do better next time.
Continuing around the NFC North as I prepare to return to NFC North blog headquarters:
The University of Minnesota will need to know by Tuesday if it needs to get TCF Bank Stadium ready for the Vikings and Chicago Bears to play there Dec. 20. Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune has more.
Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on the end of Brett Favre's consecutive starts streak: "This is not how heroes are supposed to go out. When their time comes, they are supposed to wear defiant expressions and stand tall with their guns blazing. But on Monday, Favre, pretty much held together with paper clips and chicken wire all season, simply could not make it out to the field. Finally the time had arrived when there was not enough padding and plastic to protect him. Shots and painkillers were no longer effective as the realities of old age belatedly took hold."
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen called Monday's 21-3 loss to the New York Giants "embarrassing," writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Green Bay Packers offensive line coach James Campen said that every Packers offensive lineman had a losing performance in Sunday's game at Detroit. Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette has more.
The Packers can assure themselves of at least a wild-card playoff berth if they win their final three games, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Packers are in a holding pattern with quarterback Aaron Rodgers (concussion), notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Chicago Bears' season goals are still well within reach, writes Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago.com.
Rookie safety Major Wright had deep coverage on the New England Patriots' 59-yard touchdown at the end of the first half Sunday, notes Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.
I totally agree with David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune: "This seems like the right time to remind everybody this Bears season never has been about winning the Super Bowl. This always has been about saving jobs. That meant winning the NFC North. The Bears still can do that sooner rather than later."
The Detroit Lions could get back linebacker Landon Johnson (neck) this week, notes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
The Lions' next goal should be to win a game on the road, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News after Monday night's bonus game at Ford Field: "I could argue the Lions have served as accommodating hosts to division rivals for a long time, but that's just mean. And already outdated. The Lions snapped their 19-game losing streak against NFC North foes the previous day with a 7-3 win over Green Bay, and the party kept right on going."