We're Black and Blue All Over
ARLINGTON, Texas -- I've got an early-morning flight back to NFC North blog headquarters, so we'll make this quick.
There are two undefeated teams in the NFL.
BOTH ARE IN THE NFC NORTH!!!!
In a different way, we are one again the Epicenter of Humanity. The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions are both headed to prime-time showcase games in Week 5. The Packers will play at the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night, and the Lions will host the Chicago Bears on Monday night. I'll let you know my coverage plans in the coming days. But for now, let's look at local coverage of Week 4:
David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune on the Chicago Bears' 34-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers: "This team has patented a frustrating method of making things more difficult than necessary."
The Bears finally got back to smash-mouth football, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune. Matt Forte had 205 (!) yards rushing.
Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reviews another uneven outing from Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago.com on the Bears' inability to stop Panthers quarterback Cam Newton: "There were no sacks. No quarterback hits. No Monsters of the Midway-type intimidation of any kind for a rookie who must be wondering what all the fuss was about concerning fierce NFL defenses."
Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press: "The sublime may have now crossed over into the surreal, driving the aging legions of Detroit Lions sufferers into two distinct categories -- those certain that a historic 4-0 start assures a long playoff run come January and others feverishly digging bunkers and stockpiling canned goods for the impending apocalypse."
Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, via Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News: "There's definitely something special going on here. I like the attitude and the fight of this team. There aren't many teams that would've kept believing and kept fighting. Nobody is going to roll over and quit, but we kept saying, 'We just need a big play, just need a big play.' And we got it."
Some tough post-game grades from Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com.
The Packers are displaying no complacency this season, according to Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Packers receivers capitalized on a Denver Broncos team that focused on tight end Jermichael Finley, notes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette: "The Packers’ start suggests this could be one of the best offenses in team history. Maybe the best. It’s early, but the Packers' 148 points are the most they’ve scored in the first four weeks in their 91 seasons in the NFL."
Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune on the Minnesota Vikings' 0-4 start: "As the Vikings have lost their first four games, they have reminded us not only that this is a flawed team but that this has been a flawed team for more than a year now."
Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin didn't have much to say about his stumble on the game-clinching touchdown, notes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, via Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "It's going to be something I'm going to be more vocal about, something I'm going to focus on to make sure I'm not that guy who's doing it. It will be something for those guys who made those mistakes to look back at and try to erase."