We're Black and Blue All Over:
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf wasn't happy with the move, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter and others. It apparently didn't rise to a fireable offense, considering it was Childress who released a statement on behalf of the team Monday night. But it's hard to imagine Childress sitting in high standing with ownership after this episode.
I'll have more on the Childress-Wilf dynamic later Tuesday, including a reminder that Wilf has previously warned the coach about imperious management decisions. For now, however, let's take our morning spin around the division:
Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reports that Moss declined to return to Minnesota with the team Sunday night. Childress had said Monday that he gave Moss permission to remain in New England and see his family.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com on where the Vikings' receiving corps goes from here: "Percy Harvin -- who also is represented by [Moss' agent] and quickly grew tight with Moss -- had benefited from seeing more single coverage and leads the Vikings with 31 catches for 393 yards and three touchdowns. Bernard Berrian, Greg Lewis and Greg Camarillo had seen their roles reduced, as had Hank Baskett, who's been inactive in recent weeks. The X-factor is the health of Sidney Rice, who began jogging and catching passes last week as he continues to recover from hip surgery. The Vikings must start practicing Rice by Nov. 9; once that happens, they'll have three weeks to evaluate him and decide when or if he'll be activated from the reserve/physically unable to perform list."
Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: "The good news is that the Vikings have become nutty to the point of being entertaining. All we need is Herschel Walker talking about doing 10,000 pushups every morning and living off one French fry per day. Right now, it's like watching a monster truck tip over on its side and sort of spin in the dirt."
Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines the Green Bay Packers' struggling offense.
The Packers are upbeat about their prospects, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy awarded game balls to every member of the defense following Sunday's shutout of the New York Jets, reports Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is on pace to break Jevon Kearse's record for most sacks by a rookie (14.5), notes Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Sunday was one of the best games in the career of Lions tailback Kevin Smith, writes Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
It appears as though Lions safety C.C. Brown (knee) is going to be sidelined for a while, according to Tom Kowalski of Mlive.com.
Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times checks in with former NFL quarterbacks who, like the Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler, got sacked often in their careers.
This weekend would be a perfect time for the Bears to put their new commitment to the running game on display, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
The Bears are expected to get rookie safety Major Wright back on the field this weekend against the Buffalo Bills, notes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.