NFC North News and Notes, Very Late Post Sandy Edition

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 2012

Biggest piece of damage in my immediate area, thank goodness
Biggest piece of damage in my immediate area, thank goodness

So we're a little late today due to the Hurricane Sandy aftermath. There was no Internet in my place earlier today and there is now, but it comes and goes.

I'm lucky as I have power, heat, water and Internet most of the time. My family is safe, I'm safe, most of my friends are fine.

So I hope anyone who has been affected stays safe and warm and your loved ones are well also.

We'll leave it at that today and head right into the NFC North news.


Chicago Bears

Kevin Seifert writes over at ESPNChicago that whatever Jay Cutler did or didn't say, he should be allowed to mutter to himself on the sidelines.

Here's a scary Halloween story for NFC North teams—Brad Biggs of The Tribune says Alshon Jeffery could be back in 2-3 weeks.

Sean Jensen writes at the Sun-Times that while Steve Smith was popping off, Tim Jennings has kept his cool post-Sunday.


Detroit Lions

Justin Rogers of says Jeff Backus dominated Chris Clemons in a very tough match-up Sunday.

Carlos Monarrez of the Free Press says Calvin Johnson isn't just struggling to find touchdowns—he's struggling to find answers as to how to fix it.

Over at, Tim Twentyman says defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham was unhappy with the early penalties by his defense.


Green Bay Packers

Zach Kruse echoes my thoughts on the potential for trades involving DeAngelo Williams or Steven Jackson over at

While a trade may be unlikely, Alex Green isn't helping that argument as he struggles. Tom Silverstein takes a look at that over at the Journal-Sentinel.

Kevin Seifert from the NFC North blog makes his second appearance today with a look at the state of the Packers.


Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings' run defense was annihilated by Doug Martin and face Marshawn Lynch this week. 1500 ESPN's Judd Zulgad and Tom Pelissero talk about what they need to do to avoid a repeat of last Thursday night.

Brad Goessling of the Pioneer Press says the second half of the season won't be easy.

Mistral Raymond is getting closer to returning according to Mike Wobschall at the site.

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