Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis knows how to kick a team when it’s down. Davis spoke truthfully but no doubt incited at least some Chicago players with this quote Tuesday in preparation for Thursday night’s game:
"I think we can destroy their guys up front. I don't see anything spectacular about their front line. Their LBs, I think we can handle them pretty well. I like [defensive end] Adewale Ogunleye. I think he's performing well for them, but he's the only guy I like in their line.''
Ogunleye has been the Bears' most productive pass-rusher, but Davis might be overlooking the steadiness of Alex Brown. Regardless, the Bears’ defensive performance of late has left his opponents feeling -- to paraphrase Larry David -- pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Continuing around the NFC North:
Bears linebacker Lance Briggs thought he was headed to San Francisco in 2007 before a tampering charge scuttled the deal, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago wonders if the Bears will exploit a matchup against 49ers defensive back Tarell Brown, who will start for injured cornerback Nate Clements.
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette wonders how Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will respond to the first crisis of his career.
Quarterbacks who get sacked too much don’t usually win, writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Packers quarterback Matt Flynn is a big “Texas Country” fan, he tells Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.
Detroit fans should hope that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is still recovering from a knee injury, writes Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com. Otherwise, his performance of late is concerning.
John Niyo of the Detroit News offers a midseason report of the Lions. The headline: “Lions are a little better, with a long way to go.”
Minnesota linebacker Kenny Onatolu has made a big impact on the Vikings’ special teams, writes Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune.
The Vikings still have some tickets available to their next three home games, but there is no threat of a local television blackout, according to the Star Tribune.