Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
APPLETON, Wis. -- I rolled into my makeshift NFC North headquarters late on Halloween night, just as a citywide costume party appeared to be under way. I couldn’t tell whether I was on College Ave. or Bourbon St. as I weaved through the revelers. That’s living -- and it’s only the start.
I imagine at least some of those partygoers have already migrated up to Lambeau Field for today’s showdown between Green Bay and Minnesota. I’ll be up there soon as well. As I like to say, I’ll see what I see and write when I write upon arrival.
For now, let’s take a quick spin through Sunday morning coverage in the division:
The Packers were tired last year of being held hostage by Favre’s offseason indecision, writes Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, and some team officials thought he had become a bad teammate.
Packers cornerback Charles Woodson is up for this game not because of Favre’s return, writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but because he stands in the way of Woodson’s goal to win the Super Bowl.
Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers doesn’t think the Packers need to blitz Favre frequently, writes Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.
Only a few fans and media members gathered for Favre’s arrival at Minnesota’s team hotel Saturday, writes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
The divisional matchup is the most important element of this game, writes Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune visits the statue of the late Walter Payton outside a high school in Columbia, Mo.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times examines why the Bears would try to move Nathan Vasher to free safety in the middle of the season.
Detroit defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill, who has missed three games because of an ankle injury, is expected to be back in the lineup Sunday against St. Louis. Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com has details.
Lions tailback Kevin Smith on the remainder of this season: “I feel like I've got 10 games to prove myself to the organization and the rest of the people around the league.” John Niyo of the Detroit News looks at Smith’s career.
Ed Werder on how Brett Favre and the Vikings are preparing for Favre's return to Lambeau.