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Around the NFC North

| September 3rd, 2009

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk believes a ruling is due any day now in the StarCaps case that could should lead to the Williams Sisters being suspended for the first four games of the season.  The Williams’ cheated and have spent the better part of year using their unlimited financial resources to circumnavigate league rules with a cunning use of the warped Minnesota judicial system.  Enough. 

The Vikings are now shopping Tarvaris Jackson, creating a possibly-combustible situation.  With reportedly half that locker room believing Jackson should be the starter, what happens if Brett Favre struggles early against the Vikes’ cakewalk September schedule?  What happens if he gets hurt?  Will Sage Rosenfels take this club to the Super Bowl?

Jason Whitlock – one of the most underrated columnists in the country – wrote a scathing indictment of the Vikings’ signing of Brett Favre.   GREEN BAY PACKERS
Hard to keep up with every team but did you all know that Packers’ stud linebacker Nick Barnett may not start against the Bears on the 13th?  Barnett has been slow to recover from his November ACL tear and will tackle for the first time tonight against the Tennessee Titans.

Some folks in Green Bay believe that Brian Brohm may be cut by the Packers this weekend.  Couple that with Matt Flynn’s bruised shoulder and apparently you don’t have to travel very far to find a weaker backup quarterback than in Chicago.

DETROIT LIONS 
Ernie Sims, still on the Lions, took an opportunity to insult the linebackers he’s played with the past three seasons.  Would any football fan mind if players were restricted from ever giving interviews until after they’ve retired?  How stupid are these guys?  (Answer: Real stupid.)

Matt Millen drafted 39 players between 2002 and 2006 and only one of them is still on the team’s roster.  Who?  You guessed it.  Ernie Sims.

And a note on the Lions quarterback situation.  Why are they even considering playing Daunte Culpepper?  Is getting to five wins more important than settling for only three?  Matthew Stafford is going to be the starting quarterback no later than the start of next season so why waste valuable experience?   

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