We're Black and Blue All Over:
Very quietly, as Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com writes, Green Bay Packers center Scott Wells has developed into a frontline NFL player.
It was just two years ago when the Packers tried to replace him with Jason Spitz. Now, Wells is locked in as the Packers' presumably long-term starter and in position for a relatively lucrative contract extension when his deal expires at the end of this year.
Wells hasn't allowed a sack this season and has been called for only two holding penalties since the start of the 2010 season. His experience and intelligence is an underrated reason why the Packers' offense is clicking so efficiently this season.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Packers tight end Andrew Quarless is hoping to play his way onto the field more often, writes Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Packers place-kicker Mason Crosby has taken a more relaxed approach during his streak of 21 consecutive field goals, notes Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Chicago Bears "firmly believe they can coach their way out of any crisis," writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
Bears coach Lovie Smith wants more production from defensive tackle Henry Melton, notes Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times. Smith: "I mentioned that to Henry today. He hasn't showed up as much. Whether teams have adjusted to him or whatever, we need to get more production from him because he's capable of it."
Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com looks at the Bears' history against Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.
The Detroit Lions put a premium on disrupting the pocket, not sacks, writes Philip Zaroo of Mlive.com.
The Lions lead the NFL with 33 three-and-outs, notes Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press.
Mike O'Hara of the Detroit News handicaps the NFC wild-card race.
Supporters of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium project in suburban Arden Hills remain confident, writes Frederick Melo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.