By beating the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football, the Chicago Bears have extended their lead over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North standings, although the Packers would still qualify for the playoffs if the season ended today. "After a 13-7 defeat of the Lions in a game that wasn't that close, the Bears have the second-best record (5-1) in the NFC," writes ESPN.com NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert. "According to the updated standings, the Vikings (5-2) rank fifth and the Packers (4-3) sixth in the conference. The Lions, on the other hand, have more losses at 2-4 than 24 of the NFL's 32 teams. " The Packers play five division opponents after the bye week this season, so there's still a lot of time to make up ground on the Bears.
More on the Monday Night Football game comes from the Associated Press.
Now that it's been announced and confirmed that defensive back Charles Woodson has a broken collarbone and will likely miss more than month of action, attention has turned to how the Packers will replace Woodson. "At safety McMillian and second-year man M.D. Jennings will share time in place of Woodson," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Capers plans to use McMillian, a fourth-round pick, in some of the nickel and dime positions that Woodson played, figuring he's big enough to play the run and pressure the quarterback." It's not as simple as just replacing Woodson at safety, however. In addition to McMillian and Jennings, Woodson's absence could also have implication on how the Packers use Casey Hayward, Davon House and Sam Shields at cornerback as well. It will definitely be a team effort in replacing the veteran Woodson.
More on Charles Woodson and how to replace him comes from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, ESPNMilwaukee.com, Packer Report, twice, Fox Sports Wisconsin, the Packers official website, ESPN.com and JSOnline, twice.
There's a chance wide receiver Greg Jennings could return to practice this week and play in the Packers' upcoming game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. "Jennings will go through a run test Thursday, and if he passes he'll be given an opportunity to practice Friday," writes Silverstein. Jennings, of course, is nursing a groin injury that dates back to the season opener when he originally aggravated it.
More on Greg Jennings and his role in the Packers offense comes from the Press-Gazette.
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has already been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Packers. "Jones-Drew injured his left foot on the first play of Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Raiders in overtime," according to an Associated Press report. "He wasn't able to play through the pain and spent the second half on crutches and wearing a protective boot." As one of the premiere running backs in the NFL, Jones-Drew is one of the Jaguars' biggest weapons, and his loss is a major blow to the Jaguars and any hopes they might have of beating the Packers.
The play of inside linebacker Brad Jones in Sunday's game is noted by the Press-Gazette.
An appearance by Aaron Rodgers on the Jim Rome show on Monday is recapped at PackersNews.com.
A transcript of an interview by former Packer LeRoy Butler talking about an incentive program in 1996 is provided by SportsRadioInterviews.com.
The Packers announced that they have officially been approved for funding from the NFL for their stadium expansion.
Some film breakdown of the Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb 39-yard touchdown pass comes from AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and an editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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