We're Black and Blue All Over:
For the second time in three months, an NFC North team will be honored at the White House.
The Green Bay Packers visited President Obama in August to celebrate their victory in Super Bowl XLV. And Friday, the 1985 Chicago Bears finally will get their due for winning Super Bowl XX. That's right. As Melissa Isaacson of ESPNChicago.com writes, about 100 players, coaches and staffers from that team will be present for a ceremony that moved off the White House's radar due to circumstances in 1986.
Two days after the Bears' victory over the New England Patriots, the space shuttle Challenger exploded. The White House hadn't yet planned a trip, and the tragedy pushed its priorities in other directions. Obama, of course, is a longtime Bears fan who agreed to host the team if there was still interest. There was.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Bears players are openly campaigning for tailback Matt Forte to get a new contract, but they "shouldn't hold their breath," writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Bears have been looking at adding linebacker depth, including former starter Pisa Tinoisamoa, notes Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune.
Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press appreciates the trash talk of Lions coach Jim Schwartz.
The Lions are in no rush to bring back defensive tackle Nick Fairley, writes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was upbeat this week after a meeting with coach Mike McCarthy, notes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal on Brett Favre's comments about Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers: "A little defensive, a little jealous, a little revisionist, a little ambiguous and even a little gracious."
Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com traces the development of Packers receiver Jordy Nelson.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield (neck) is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, writes Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The Vikings will keep close tabs on Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, writes Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.
Vikings players aren't ready to give up on the season, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.