Bears Will Play Vikings at University of Minnesota
The Metrodome will not be repaired by Monday's night ballgame and the Vikings/NFL announced late yesterday that the game will be moved outdoors to TCF Bank Stadium. I can't imagine a Vikings team with nothing to play for getting fired up for the projected 0 degree weather, wind chill of -18 and 21 MPH winds.
Who is Quarterbacking the Vikings?
According to Adam Schefter's appearance on ESPN, the team has no idea. Brett Favre's hand is purple and he can't feel his fingers. Tarvaris Jackson came up 296 games short of Favre's streak by suffering a turf toe against the Giants. Joe Webb has a hamstring injury. According to Judd Zulgad at the Star Tribune:
Frazier said the Vikings are considering a list of eight different free-agent quarterbacks whom they would consider signing this week and that there is a possibility one of those players could start.
Whatever you want to say about this Monday night game, one thing is clear: the Vikings are a disaster and the Bears need the game.
You Think the Chicago Media Can Be Harsh?
This is from Pete Dougherty's column in today's Green Bay Press Gazette - in the aftermath of their possibly season-ending defeat at the hands of the vaunted Lions:
Put another way, if Rodgers were the Lions' quarterback, and Drew Stanton or even Shaun Hill was the Packers' this season, the teams' records would be about reversed. That's with their rosters as currently configured, and I'm not sure things change that much even if the Packers were at full health. With Jermichael Finley and Ryan Grant playing, plus Hill at quarterback, maybe the Packers are .500. Maybe.
Most reports from in and around Green Bay have Aaron Rodgers not playing Sunday night though I can't believe Mike McCarthy - no matter how conscientious he's trying to be - will depend on Matt Flynn to save his season on the road against the best team in football.
Picks Contest Standings
I'll have updated Picks Contest standings on the Saturday Show this week. Fresno had the only perfect weekend.