I don’t always rush to report the NFL’s latest in-season awards. They feel like a manufactured trap from the league publicity machine. What do these awards mean? What are the criteria? Who decides them? I don’t have an answer to any of those questions.
But for those who keep track, the month of November was pretty successful for the NFC North.
Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson was named the NFC defensive player of the month for the second time this season.
Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre was named NFC offensive player of the month.
And Vikings receiver/kick returner Percy Harvin was named NFC rookie of the month.
That’s pretty close to a clean sweep. I think there’s a special teams player of the month award out there somewhere. We’ll let you know when that comes our way.
Continuing around the division:
The Packers are going to need more consistency from their kicking game down the stretch, writes Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.
Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at the Packers’ top-ranked defense.
Favre has helped the Vikings perform exceptionally against the blitz, according to Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Longtime NFL and college coach Foge Fazio, who served two stints with the Vikings, died Wednesday of leukemia. He was 71.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times points to this quote Wednesday from Bears quarterback Jay Cutler: “It's more than just the system. It's just getting the right guys in place.”
Veteran Kevin Shaffer worked Wednesday at right tackle, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jeff Dickerson. Former right tackle Chris Williams has moved back to left tackle to replace the injured (and ineffective) Orlando Pace.
David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune offers five tips for the Bears making the playoffs … in 2010.
The mother of Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford wants him to stop cussing on the field, according to Nicholas J. Cotsonika of the Detroit Free Press.
Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson appreciated the extra time off last weekend, according to Tim Twentyman of the Detroit News.