4. Green Bay (3-1). I'm not sure the near-loss to Detroit is as bad a sign as you think. The Lions are no longer an easy game for anyone. But the Green Bay offense is a worry. The Pack didn't have an offensive scoring drive in the final 36 minutes of the game.
10. Chicago (3-1). Good Jay. Bad Jay. That first-quarter pick by Terrell Thomas at the Meadowlands last night was the classic bad play by Jay Cutler, a risky throw in his own territory he never should have attempted. There haven't been many of those so far this year, but you never know when they'll rear their head. That plus Cutler was taking way too much time to get rid of the ball led to seven New York sacks in the first 24 minutes of the game. Inexcusable. "I can't explain it,'' Cris Collinsworth said about Cutler's non-timeliness on the NBC telecast. "I just can't explain it.''
3-1-032/7It was a strange performance from the Packers during last week's win over the Lions. They came out and looked like they would blow Detroit out. It's possible that the lack of a running game is finally starting to catch up with them.
3-1-066/20Talk about opening up Pandora's box. Somehow offensive line coach Mike Tice held things together until last week's brutal loss to the Giants. Chicago has a real issue on offense that's not going away.
1-2-028/23Until Brett Favre can find a consistent passing option to replace injured WR Sidney Rice, this team won't be better than average. It's amazing how just one player can alter the success of a team's passing game, but it's true
0-4-0-24/30The Lions are one of those teams that can compete and stay in games, but can't close the deal because their defense is so bad. They remind me of the Rams from last season. The front office must add significant talent on defense at several positions if this team is to make a big jump in 2011 and beyond.
The Lions are one of those teams that can compete and stay in games, but can't close the deal because their defense is so bad. They remind me of the Rams from last season. The front office must add significant talent on defense at several positions if this team is to make a big jump in 2011 and beyond.
6. Green Bay Packers (No. 9; 3-1): That all-pass attack will work really well once the weather turns
12. Chicago Bears (No. 8; 3-1): Just as the Packers learned that they couldn't beat the Bears by having more penalties than points, the Bears have learned that scoring fewer points than sacks allowed isn't the best path to victory.
13. Minnesota Vikings (No. 16; 1-2): A year after Brett Favre stuck it to his old team, his more recent old team is getting ready to stick it to him.
30. Detroit Lions (No. 29; 0-4): The Lions could be the second best 0-4 team in NFL history.
3 (4)Packers3-1Should turnovers and sloppy play the past two weeks be a cause for concern? (Walker) 11 (6)Bears3-1The offensive linemen should donate their checks to charity this week. (Walker) 15 (17)Vikings1-2Is the early bye good or bad for the veteran Vikings? (Walker) 31 (31)Lions0-4Throwing 54 times with QB Shaun Hill is not a formula for success. (Walker)