We're Black and Blue All Over:
ATLANTA -- Greetings from the first stop on our excellent playoff weekend adventure. For those interested, I'm keeping a log of highlights from the trip -- which will take me from NFC North blog headquarters to Atlanta to Chicago and then back to HQ in about 60 hours or so -- and will post in the next week.
But this weekend is about the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, and I'll be joining some colleagues down at the Georgia Dome in a few hours to start it all off. ESPN's Ed Werder reported the Atlanta Falcons are hoping the noise level reaches 115 decibels, which is just below that of a jet engine.
Until then, let's take a special Saturday morning trip around the division, starting with some coaching news related to the Minnesota Vikings:
The St. Louis Rams have brought in Josh McDaniels to interview for their offensive coordinator job, according to Werder. McDaniels interviewed Jan. 7 with the Vikings, but is believed to prefer the Rams because they have quarterback Sam Bradford in place.
NFC West colleague Mike Sando passes along that the Rams are also expected to talk to former Vikings coach Brad Childress about the job.
The Packers are hoping their team speed, especially in the secondary, will prove an advantage Saturday against the Falcons. Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.
Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers has proved to be an exceptional innovator, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com focuses on five key factors for Saturday night's game.
Sunday's divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks could be the final game in the Bears career for tight end Desmond Clark, writes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com. Clark has been a game-day deactivation in 11 of the past 13 weeks.
Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune on Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris: "Harris might not have a future here in Chicago, but at least he could leave a lasting impression with a strong playoff showing. The Bears need him to be disruptive force against a stout Seahawks offensive line."