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

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...

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Welcome to Opposition Research, where I'll be taking a look at the next Packers opponent, the Minnesota Vikings.  I could try to be dispassionate and approach this post like I did the one before it, but you know that’s not going to work here.  Everyone in the national media is talking about this game - what it means to the Packers, what it means to Brett Favre, what it means to those fans that still can’t choose between the Packers and Brett Favre.  You get the picture.  So for this week, I’m going to do what I can to shed light on a few things you might not have heard about in the hype that’s already started.

An interesting factoid this afternoon from Tom Pelissero on Twitter - the NFC North went 4-0 on the week.  With the Lions finally having won a game (their first since December 2007), I wondered just how far back you'd have to go to find the last time the North had such a good outing.  Not counting bye weeks, the last time the NFC North went undefeated was Week 10 in 2005, when the Packers won their second of only four victories on the year.  On that given Sunday, the Packers beat up on the Falcons, the Vikings beat the Giants, the Bears beat the 49ers, and the Lions held off the Cardinals. 

Jackson is a big man who can still move, and shockingly well at that, while providing more than adequate production on third downs as well.

Cutler has not shown the ability to manage a game and as funny as it seems that you would decry a guy who is a prototypical guy at the position physically for not being a "game manager", it's exactly that deficiency in his game that is keeping him from becoming a great quarterback.

That sucks. Detroit Rock City got rid of Matt Millen...finally.