NFC North Week 3 programming note

My early-season goal is always to see each NFC North team at least once in the first few weeks, and we'll accomplish that goal by covering Sunday's Metrodome matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers.

Through three weeks, I will have seen the Green Bay Packers twice and the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Vikings once apiece. I will have also covered the 49ers three times. So it goes when you're at the mercy of the NFL schedule-maker.

One word on the Packers' game Monday night at the Seattle Seahawks. I typically cover Monday Night Football games that include NFC North teams, but in this case, I'll monitor the game from NFC North blog headquarters.

By my count, there are 12 prime-time games on the NFC North schedule this season. I've already done two of them, but it's neither physically nor fiscally possible to do all of them. Frankly, if there are some to be skipped, I would rather do them come early in the season than late. I hope you understand.