We're Black and Blue All Over:
DETROIT -- We awoke Tuesday morning with a pair of 5-0 teams in the NFC North. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest it's the first time that's happened since the NFL went to this divisional format in 2002. (If I'm missing an instance, we'll chalk it up to sleep deprivation and call it a wash.)
The Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers are the talk of the NFL right now, and as the Epicenter of Humanity, we would expect nothing less. Stay tuned later Tuesday to find out where they rank in ESPN.com's Week 6 Power Rankings. We'll hit on that and more Tuesday afternoon once I return to NFC North blog headquarters.
Until then, let's take a quick spin around the division:
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said his team stinks defensively after a 24-13 loss to the Lions. Via Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com, Urlacher added: "We're playing like [expletive], that's what's going on. We're not playing good. We're not disciplined. We're not into our gaps. We're not physical."
Bears tailback Matt Forte's strong game Monday night only adds to his case against Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler played his best game of the season Monday night, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
It doesn't appear that Bears receiver Earl Bennett (torso) is close to returning, according to Angelo via ESPNChicago.com.
Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press on the scene at Ford Field: "It wasn't loud in the building, it was painful. The noise was a suffocating blanket, a pounding hammer, if you put your hands over your ears it only made it feel like you were under an crashing ocean."
Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News: "The comeback team in a comeback city, tied together by talent and toughness? It may be trite, but if it fits, go for it."
Lions rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley did not record a tackle in his debut, notes Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz joked that he offered Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders a spot on the roster Monday night, notes Graham Couch of Mlive.com.
The Green Bay Packers have options to replace left tackle Chad Clifton, notes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Packers aren't sure if Clifton will play again this season, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The Packers should be 7-0 headed into their bye week, suggests Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com breaks down the tape of the Minnesota Vikings' victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
The Ramsey County Charter Commission could vote Tuesday night whether to put a referendum on the Vikings' stadium issue on the November 2012 ballot, notes the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The Vikings won't banish receiver Bernard Berrian, writes Dave Campbell of the Associated Press.