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Chicago Bears:   Pity the poor Bears…….or not. 

After being pounded at home by the Arizona Cardinals the competition does not get any easier when the Bears travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks.  The defending NFC Champion Seahawks who are 0-2 to start the season and will be playing their home opener certainly have a chip on their shoulder a mile-wide.  To compound the situation, the Bears will likely be without their top offensive threats QB Jay Cutler and WR Alshon Jeffery after both suffered pulled hamstrings. 

Seattle has been installed as a 14-point favorite in Las Vegas betting parlors.

Last Week: Lost at Home to  

This Week: At Seattle Seahawks

Season Record: 0 - 2

Place in NFC North:  Last


Detroit Lions: 

The Lions are 2.5-point underdogs at home vs. the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.  It will be the home-opener for the Lions.  For a team with high expectations heading into the 2015 season, an 0-2 start was the one thing that the team had hoped to avoid.

The Lions may have injury woes as well.  Head Coach Jim Caldwell indicated that QB Matthew Stafford had his ribs x-rayed after being battered and bruised in the loss to the Vikings.  Stafford was hit eight times including one sack.  Caldwell refused to reveal what the X-rays showed — “You’ll check the injury report when it comes out (Wednesday) and you’ll see where we are,” he said — he only indicated that Stafford was “sore” when asked for an update on his quarterback’s health.  In addition to protecting Stafford, the Lions really need to improve their rushing attack (16 carries for 38 yards on Sunday).

Detroit is 0-2 heading into a Sunday night game against the Denver Broncos.


Last Week:  Lost at Minnesota

This Week: At home vs. Denver Broncos

Season Record: 0 - 2

Place in NFC North:  Tied for Last


Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings finally become the team that most thought they would be in 2015 when they defeated the Lions this past Sunday. Head Coach Mike Zimmer turned loose a determined Adrian Peterson (29 carries – 139 yards) along with an efficient Teddy Bridgewater, who completed 14 of 18 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown. 

In crushing news to Vikings fans is the continued holdout by Ragnar the Vikings mascot.  As Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reported, the mascot who was supposed to lead the team from the tunnel on a motorcycle in a horned helmet and furs was absent from the stadium for the home opener because of a breakdown in contract negotiations.

Per Krawczynski, the team announced Monday “that they have not been able to reach a new contract agreement with Joe Juranitch, the man who played Ragnar for the last 21 years and was looking for quite a raise.”  Ragnar is asking for $20,000 per game for the next 10 years – over $2 M over the course of the contract.

Tell you what Vikes fans, you can buy the Packers failed “G-Force” initiative (cheap), change the name to the “V-Force”, and save yourself a ton of money.  Stand by for updated negotiations.

The Vikings opened the Vegas betting line at 2.0-point favorites.

Last Week: Won at home vs. Detroit

This Week: At home vs. San Diego Chargers

Season Record: 1 - 1

Place in NFC North:  Second


Green Bay Packers:  After a satisfying victory over nemeses Seattle Seahawks, the Packers will enjoy another home-cooked meal when they entertain the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field.  The Chiefs, coming off a disappointing loss, will be featured during a prime time Monday night game.

Coach Andy Reid makes his regular-season debut at Lambeau Field as the Chiefs head man.  The popular Reid was on Mike Holmgren’s coaching staff in Green Bay from 1992 -98 including stints as offensive line and quarterbacks coach as well as assistant head coach before leaving in 1999 for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Stud running-back Eddie Lacy is likely a game-time decision after spraining his right ankle early in the Seattle game.  If Lacy is unable to go, James Starks will likely get the start with Alonzo Harris active as the backup.  The intriguing aspect of such a scenario however, might be doses of hybrid players Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery operating from the backfield. 

He’s back.  Inside linebacker Joe Thomas who was with the Packers throughout training camp but did not make the final 53-man roster has returned to the team.  Thomas was signed off of the Dallas Cowboys practice squad and will take the place of Josh Boyd who was placed on season-ending IR after suffering a broken foot.  Thomas will be the fourth inside linebacker on the roster.

For what it’s worth:  With Sam Barrington on IR, Jake Ryan is currently listed as the starting inside linebacker opposite Nate Palmer.  Clay Matthews is listed as Ryan’s backup.  Interesting in that Matthews played zero snaps at outside linebacker vs. the Seahawks.

The Packers are 6.5 point-favorites to defeat the Chiefs and remain undefeated for the season.

Last Week: Win at Home vs. Seahawks

This Week: Home vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Season Record: 2 - 0

Place in NFC North:  First (still all alone)

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croatpackfan's picture

Thank you for the report!

MarkinMadison's picture

$2M for Ragnar for 10 years? See if TT was running the Vikings he'd have already found someone younger and cheaper. I guy who would give a better performance too, I mean, really, who wants to see a 60-year-old Ragnar with saggy skin riding a motorcycle? Thank God I'm not a Vikings fan.

murphy's picture

I would happily go and be the Viking's mascot for $1,500 per game. I'd use the extra cash to regularly send my family and friends to Lambeau to watch professional football.

jeremyjjbrown's picture

I reccomend the Techno Viking for the job.

mnklitzke's picture

What is 20K a game for the face of your franchise? Come on Vikqueens pay the man!! :)

D.D. Driver's picture

"For a team with high expectations heading into the 2015 season, a 2-0 start was the one thing that the team had hoped to avoid."

Mission accomplished?

Jersey Al's picture

typo was fixed...

Rich Beckman's picture

I love how Detroit is "Tied for Last" while the Bears are just plain "Last."

dobber's picture

I caught that, too. Funny!

dobber's picture

The Lions could very well be 0-5 after Arizona in week 5, and the Vikings could be 1-4....

John Galt III's picture

KC has never lost in Green Bay and I remember our 15-1 year when the only game we lost was to KC and they were not very good that year.

I think it will be a very close game. We will need a great play(s) or a lucky bounce(s) to win this one.

DrealynWilliams's picture

No luck. Just come to play.

toolkien's picture

The thing I remember about that game is the referees threw flags early on Nelson and the Packers' offense couldn't get clicking. KC obviously did their "pre-complaint" report on the Packers, that teams send into the league prior to each game, very well. They were watching for it and they called it. It stagnated the Packer O the entire game.

dobber's picture

It could be a let-down game for the Packers after the high of Seattle. KC gets after the passer pretty well, too. In many ways they mirror Seattle's defense.

I worry a little about the injury situation for Adams and Lacy and whether that will stagnate the offense a little bit, but if the Packers can keep their heads in this one and play assignment-sound defense against Charles, they should win.

Evan's picture

"It could be a let-down game for the Packers..."

I get the distinct feeling that this year's team is on a mission after they let last year slip away. I'd be shocked if we saw any lackluster performances. Not they they'll go undefeated, but I just don't think it'll be for a lack of preparation or performance.

Evan's picture

"KC has never lost in Green Bay..."

Totally meaningless. This particular Kansas City team has never played in Green Bay before. What some team in 1990 did or did not do will have no bearing on this game.

TommyG's picture

It is as useless a stat as "packers have NEVER won a game in Buffalo". Just one of those weird things that sticks around through history.

Allan Murphy's picture

We need too win all our home games sorry chifes .

J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

Yes wee due!

porupack's picture

Well, non-Detroit fans didn't have such lofty expectations of the Lions. I think the Vikings are beginning a roll and will be tough opponent.

Welcome back Joe Thomas. I was disappointed he didn't make original 53. So this was good move by TT. Joe Thomas is just a good ILB name.

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