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Lions Select DT Ndamukong Suh

Lions Select DT Ndamukong Suh

Rush offenses in the NFC North are about to get a rude awakening, as the Detroit Lions have used the second pick in the 2010 NFL Draft on Nebraska...

Vikings in "Hot Pursuit" of Haynesworth

Vikings in "Hot Pursuit" of Haynesworth

Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com reports the Minnesota Vikings are in "hot pursuit" to acquire defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth from...

Vikings Sign CB Lito Sheppard

Vikings Sign CB Lito Sheppard

ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent cornerback Lito Sheppard to a one-year deal worth $2 million...

CB Lito Sheppard Visits the Vikings

CB Lito Sheppard Visits the Vikings

Free agent cornerback Lito Sheppard is visiting the Minnesota Vikings, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com reports.

Lions to Host Patriots on Thanksgiving Day

Lions to Host Patriots on Thanksgiving Day

The Detroit Lions will host the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving Day, the Detroit News reports. The rest of the Lions' 2010 schedule:

Saints-Vikings to Open 2010 NFL Season

Saints-Vikings to Open 2010 NFL Season

During a chat on NFL.com, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that the New Orleans Saints will open the 2010 NFL regular season at home...

Bills to Host Bears in Toronto on November 7

Bills to Host Bears in Toronto on November 7

David Naylor of Toronto's The Globe and Mail reports the Buffalo Bills will host the Chicago Bears at the Rodgers Centre in Toronto at 1pm ET on...

Lions Claim G Trevor Canfield Off Waivers

Lions Claim G Trevor Canfield Off Waivers

The Detroit Lions have been waiver-wire warriors, with eight of their 73-man roster acquired via waiver claims.

Bears LB Nick Roach Signs RFA Tender

Bears LB Nick Roach Signs RFA Tender

Chicago Bears restricted free agent linebacker Nick Roach has signed his one-year tender, Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Scheffler Agreed to Not Seek New Contract From Lions

Scheffler Agreed to Not Seek New Contract From Lions

One of the conditions of the three-team trade that sent restricted free agent tight end Tony Scheffler to the Detroit Lions was Scheffler's...

Broncos, Lions, Eagles Execute Three-Team Trade

Broncos, Lions, Eagles Execute Three-Team Trade

You know it's a bizarre off-season in the NFL when an NBA-style three-team trade is executed, yet ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Philadelphia...

Lions Release Two More Defensive Backs

Lions Release Two More Defensive Backs

In this post announcing that Detroit Lions restricted free agent safety Ko Simpson had signed his one-year tender, I pointed out that the Lions had...

Lions Release S Kalvin Pearson

Lions Release S Kalvin Pearson

The Detroit Lions have released veteran safety Kalvin Pearson, reports John Niyo of the Detroit News.

Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson to Sign RFA Tender

Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson to Sign RFA Tender

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will sign his one-year tender, Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reports.

Lions Release G Daniel Loper

Lions Release G Daniel Loper

John Niyo of the Detroit News reports the Detroit Lions have released guard Daniel Loper.

Lions G Dylan Gandy Signs RFA Tender

Lions G Dylan Gandy Signs RFA Tender

Detroit Lions restricted free agent guard Dylan Gandy has signed his one-year tender, his agent, Scott Smith, has announced.

Casey FitzSimmons Announces Retirement

Casey FitzSimmons Announces Retirement

Citing a history of concussions, most recently one last December that ended his 2009 season, free agent tight end Casey FitzSimmons has announced...

Vikings FB Naufahu Tahi Signs RFA Tender

Vikings FB Naufahu Tahi Signs RFA Tender

Minnesota Vikings fullback Naufahu Tahi has signed his one-year tender, reports Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.

Bears Re-Sign LB Pisa Tinoisamoa

Bears Re-Sign LB Pisa Tinoisamoa

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports the Chicago Bears have re-signed linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa.

Trio of Vikings Sign RFA Tenders

Trio of Vikings Sign RFA Tenders

Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings restricted free agents Ryan Cook, Fred Evans, and Eric Frampton have signed their one...

Lions to Re-Sign DE Jared DeVries

Lions to Re-Sign DE Jared DeVries

John Niyo of the Detroit News reports the Detroit Lions will re-sign defensive end Jared DeVries on Monday....

Vikings LB Ben Leber Confident Favre Will Return in 2010

Vikings LB Ben Leber Confident Favre Will Return in 2010

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Ben Leber is confident that quarterback Brett Favre will return for the 2010 season, the Argus Leader reports.

Vikings DE Ray Edwards Wants a Fair Deal

Vikings DE Ray Edwards Wants a Fair Deal

Minnesota Vikings restricted free agent defensive Ray Edwards has not signed his one-year tender, and likely won't do so until he absolutely has to...

Greg Olsen Has No Issues, Lofty Goals

Greg Olsen Has No Issues, Lofty Goals

Chicago Bears tight end Greg Olsen was rumored to be upset with what his role would be in Chicago's new, Mike Martz-led offensive system.

Opposition Research: Chicago Bears (W14)

Opposition Research: Chicago Bears (W14)

Welcome to another edition of Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the Chicago Bears.  To be honest with you, this game feels a little like a high school reunion.  Back in W1, we both thought we were cool, we both had primetime QBs and in-your-face defenses, and so we talked big games.  Now, meeting again after such a long time, the Packers have the hotter date and a brighter future, while the Bears are muttering under their breath about how unfair life is.  I’m not saying this isn’t a tough game for the Packers – it’s never easy to go back to a reunion without slipping into old (bad) habits – I’m just saying that this game will show just how far the Packers have come since the beginning of the 2009 season.

Opposition Research: Detroit Lions (W12)

Opposition Research: Detroit Lions (W12)

Welcome to a special early edition of Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the Packers Thanksgiving opponent, the Detroit Lions.  It’s been 6 weeks since the 26-0 shutout at Lambeau Field, with the Lions spending the intervening weeks losing to the Rams, Seahawks, and Vikings by a combined 40-76, before earning win #2 over the Browns 38-37 (Btw, Mangini's an idiot).  It’s a quick turnaround for both teams, so let’s get look at what awaits the Packers in Detroit Rock City this year.

The NFC, Revisited After 9

The NFC, Revisited After 9

So here we are. It’s deep into football season, and I’m so disappointed by how my team is playing that I find myself loath to read any articles on JSOnline.  Lucky for me, I have 31 other teams to write about, right? Three weeks ago, I took a borderline-premature look at the state of the NFC.  Around that time, the prognosticators were beginning to set postseason plans, Giants fans were booking hotel rooms in Miami, and it seemed like a race to the bottom between Tampa Bay and St. Louis.  So, what’s changed?

Opposition Research: Minnesota Vikings (W8)

Opposition Research: Minnesota Vikings (W8)

Welcome to Opposition Research, where I’ll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the (now 6-1) Minnesota Vikings.  I feel a little déjà-vu with this one, having done a Vikings post four short weeks ago, but that can’t be helped.  Now at the season’s halfway point, this game is as much about ownership of the NFC North as it is about Favre.  Win, and the Packers tie it up in the loss column.  Lose, and the season looks measurably bleaker.  With all the hype swirling again, let’s take a look at what the Vikings have been up to since Week 4.

State of the NFC, After 6

State of the NFC, After 6

After 6 weeks, patterns are beginning to form in the NFC about which teams can expect to compete into next year, and which teams will be out of the race before December.  Of the two undefeated teams, the Saints have a 99-point advantage over their opponents, and, if they can make it past the Dolphins and Falcons, they’ll have a nice three-game cushion (Carolina, St. Louis, and Tampa Bay) before hosting Tom Brady and his 5-TDs-in-the-2nd-quarter.  Sean Payton took $250,000 off his own salary to bring Gregg Williams to New Orleans, and now the Saints defense is scary good (thanks in large part to ex-Packer and – thank goodness – ex-Viking Darren Sharper).  I know he’s not his brother, but if you can hold Eli to a 61.0 passer rating and hold the Giants tandem of Jacobs and Bradshaw to 81 yards total, you’re doing something right.

Opposition Research: Detroit Lions (W6)

Opposition Research: Detroit Lions (W6)

Welcome to Opposition Research, where I'll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the Detroit Lions.  In contrast to Week 4's monumental and record-breaking showdown with the Vikings, this week's game is a "ho hum, it’s the Lions" kind of game.  The line is 13.5 and the city of Detroit cares more about the upcoming bidding for the Silverdome than this week's game.  Nevertheless, I'll see what I can do to hype up the matchup between the injury-riddled Lions and the bye-rested Packers.

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