We're Black and Blue All Over:
Is the Chicago Bears' longtime nucleus of defensive players facing its final chance to win a Super Bowl? That's the question asked by Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago.com.
And here's how linebacker Lance Briggs responded.
"No, no, I'm 30, not dead."
At some point, the reality is the Bears will have to move past the era of Briggs, Brian Urlacher, Charles Tillman and Tommie Harris. Their defense is getting older, but it might be a little early to initiate last rites.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Rookie Bears safety Major Wright will be ready if starter Chris Harris (hip) is limited in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, writes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times lists 10 moves that changed the Bears.
The Bears want their receivers to be physical on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
When you include Howard Green among the Packers' starting defensive linemen, you find they are the biggest 3-4 group in the NFL. Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more.
No one could have guessed that rookie Sam Shields would emerge as a reliable nickelback for the Packers, writes Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
What is the story behind Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' "belt celebration?" Check out Jason Wilde's story on ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Both Rodgers and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler have long histories of having their personalities scrutinized, writes Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports.
Visualization is a big part of Rodgers' preparation, writes Jim Corbett of USA Today in a lengthy profile.
Don Babwin of the Associated Press collects some of the banter between Packers and Bears fans this week.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com passes along some reaction from the Minnesota Vikings' newly announced coaching staff.
Tennessee Titans assistant Craig Johnson is contemplating a move to the Vikings, writes Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. Johnson's history is mostly as a quarterbacks coach but he was the Titans' running backs coach last season. The Vikings have openings for both.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press sees some of the 2011 draft's early entrants as good fits for the Detroit Lions.