Aug 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) celebrates in the end zone after intercepting a pass and running for a touchdown in the first quarter of a preseason game against the New York Jets at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFC North Know-It-All 8/12/13


Preseason is well underway. Week two is now coming upon us. So more starters will play more minutes, and more players will be cut from around the league. Here’s a recap of what went down in the NFC North. 

Detroit Lions

The Lions have their Ansahhh. Sorry, too good to pass up. In their first preseason game against the New York Jets, Ezekiel Ansah shined bright by picking off Mark Sanchez and taking it back for a touchdown. The grab was quite impressive. The Lions staff thought that Ansah was a better fit than Cliff Avril before the start of the preseason, maybe they were spot on.

Lions added Bucs former third-round pick cornerback Myron Lewis. They’re hoping to add some depth to their secondary. Killer stats…19 tackles in his career.

Green Bay Packers

It’s clear that it’s unclear who the starting running back is going to be. Right now, James Starks was taking the first snaps at RB. But Mike McCarthy stated this week that he can’t wait for DuJuan Harris to return as he sees him (Harris) as the starter. Then there’s Eddie Lacy who might be the most explosive back, but out with a minor injury. Harris got back on the practice field as of today, but it’s going to be a toss up for who will be and remain the starter this season. The Bears will have to prepare for just about anything.



The even bigger news to come out of Green Bay this week was the addition of quarterback Vince Young. The former Rose Bowl and Tennessee Titans quarterback is back from his hiatus and now a backup Packers QB. Young looked a little rusty, but still athletic. Although, I don’t see him making an impact.

The Packers did see a new face at offensive line. Packers left tackle Bryan Bulaga tore his ACL about a week and a half ago, and is being replaced by rookie David Bakhtiari. He basically shared the spotlight at practice this week along with Young. But he has a strong build and great feet.

Minnesota Vikings

As I suspected, the Minnesota Vikings picked a stud in Cordarrelle Patterson. In his preseason debut, Patterson showed off his kick return abilities, hands, and his perseverance after a hit. Easily a starter for the Vikings and even the #2 wide receiver for Christian Ponder.

Vikings rookie Sharrif Floyd had a precautionary MRI this weekend that turned out to be nothing.

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  • 3kolu

    I was expecting some shady sports journalism here, but I was incorrect. Some very accurate comments. I definitely see Cordarrelle Patterson blowing the top off of defenses this year and i look for him to take back a kickoff for a TD or 2. Sharif Floyd looked just as advertised with a TFL and a blocked pass. And, I can’t wait to see the X man. Whoo the Vikings are looking tough.

    • Moveguy

      I guess you did not read the paragraph about Vince young where it ends with an unfinished sentence or punctuation. Nothing shady about that.

      Rookie WR do not make impacts on the nfl. He might be good at returning kicks, but it is a very slim chance he does anything at WR. Especially one that that is very green and does not understand running routes the proper way yet. Oh yea, let’s throw in who will be throwing the ball to him as well is a big question mark.

      • Heather Pink

        Shady? Not sure that that would be the correct word there. Also, not sure what you were talking about. Complete sentence there.

        The Vikings depth at WR is really no depth at all. I definitely see him picking up the pace on defenses towards the end of the season.

        • Moveguy

          Heather, the last sentence in that paragraph was stopped in the middle and had no punctuation at the end of it. Clearly it has been updated.

          Now let’s talk about this very raw rookie WR that is going to tear up the league. Just because he might be a number 2 WR on Minny, you are correct they have no depth, does not mean he is going to have a good year or be able to figure out defenses. WR is one of the hardest positions for rookies and that has nothing to do with him specifically. But what does have to do with him is that he is a very raw talent. Look for him to be better next year and then break out year 3. That is what is typical of WR in the NFL.

          Also you said here is what went down in the NFC North and you only discussed 3 teams. Did the Bears transfer to another division? Or are you a Bears fan and only reviewing other teams they are going to face? I say this since you said in the Packers part guess the Bears will have to prepare for anything.

          • John Mack

            “Also you said here is what went down in the NFC North and you only discussed 3 teams. Did the Bears transfer to another division?”

            Since this is a Chicago Bears’ fansite, the majority of content on Beargoogles is about the Bears. This updated segment gives fans a preview of what the other teams are doing.

          • Moveguy

            First things first, this whole blog thing is confusing to a new person just following SI and departing ESPN. I actually thought this was a professional writers, not just fans penning things. SI picks up the article and all it says is NFC North Know It All. No where does it say that they took this article from a Bears fan site. Had i known it was a blog off a Bears site, probably never would have taken the time to read it and never would have held it to a professional standard. My apologies for being uninformed.

            Also the part about Patterson was not only directed at you, but also the first responder to your article who said he was going to “blow the top off defenses” this year. Does it mean it is impossible for him to do it, no. But it is VERY unlikely as a rookie.

          • Heather Pink

            I never said he was going to be the best wide receiver in the NFC North or have the best season. It’s about potential. And to show that the Bears should keep an eye on him. We all know he does both punt returns and catches passes, but I was surprised at his abilities at the WR position since everyone was so questionable by him.

            This is a series of pieces that helps educate Bears on whats going on in the NFC North. Supposed to help them think on how moves and such will affect the Bears.