Around the NFC North: August 19, 2008

It’s time to take a look, as we will every Tuesday, at what’s happening around the NFC North.  The Packers are 0-2 in the preseason, and hopefully the other teams aren’t doing much better.

Chicago Bears

- The Bears named Kyle Orton the starting quarterback over everyone’s favorite Rex Grossman.  This is not good for the Packers, as Bears-quarterbacks-not-named-Rex Grossman (aka Orton and Brian Griese) swept the Packers last year.  The Viking Age also puts forth some other scenarios that could come out of this.

- The age of some of the Bears offensive lineman is also appearing to become an issue.  Which just makes things easier for Aaron Kampman and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.  And whoever else starts at defensive end now.

- The Bears make the right choice for their franchise player on

Detroit Lions

- Apparently, wide receiver Calvin Johnson is “scary good.”  Are you listening, Al Harris and Charles Woodson?

- The Lions fans and writers are pretty excited about a 2-0 preseason record!

- Another guy thinks Johnson is a beast.

Minnesota Vikings

- Overpaid free agent wide receiver Bernard Berrian is having toe problems.  Which is good for the Packers, bad for my fantasy team.  Damn autodraft.

- The Vikings defensive line depth is continually thinning.  Good thing for Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson.

- Is Chris Simms coming to Minny?

- Veteran quarterback Gus Frerotte will start the third preseason game for the Vikings due to Tarvaris Jackson‘s sprained MCL.

That’s all folks.

Topics: Aaron Kampman, Al Harris, Bernard Berrian, Brandon Jackson, Brian Griese, Calvin Johnson, Charles Woodson, Chicago Bears, Chris Simms, Detroit Lions, Gus Frerotte, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Kyle Orton, Minnesota Vikings, Rex Grossman, Ryan Grant, Tarvaris Jackson

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