NFC North Daily Breakfast Links: August 20, 2012

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 16:  Don Barclay #67 and Evan Dietrich-Smith #62 of the Green Bay Packers block Kiante Tripp #67 of the Cleveland Browns during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 16, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Browns defeated the Packers 35-10.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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We're back! I hope your weekend was as successful as this one was for most of the NFC North.

The Bears, Lions and Vikings all came away with wins, while the Packers were humbled by the Cleveland Browns.

Of course, it's the preseason, so wins and losses don't really matter, but performances do, and there were some ugly ones for the Packers.

We'll talk about that later today, though.

For now, let's see what people had to say about our Black and Blue division.

Chicago Bears

The Bears had a scary moment Saturday night as rookie safety Brandon Hardin was carted off the field after a tackle on Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen. Brad Biggs catches you up on that and a few other things at the Tribune.

There's nothing scarier than a player being carted off the field with an apparent neck or spine injury, but luckily Biggs says he didn't lose consciousness or feeling in any of his limbs.

It's 'cut time' in preseason and B/R Bears columnist Will Grant has a look at what the 53-man roster will look like at the end of the culling.

I'm intrigued by the large amount of defensive backs Grant has on the roster but as there is no real easy solution, the Bears might employ a 'next man up' mentality and just repeatedly sub guys during the season.

Detroit Lions

B/R Lions columnist Dean Holden hands out some grades to all the Lions rookies up through this week.  It's about as thorough a look as I have seen—everyone and their grandma is in there, so grab a cup of coffee and a danish and settle in.

He's kinder that I would be to Kellen Moore, but not by much, and I loved his take on Ronnell Lewis as well.

Meanwhile, Nate Burleson turned 31 on Sunday (Happy belated birthday to Nate-Dawg) and's Justin Rogers says the one wish he had for his birthday was to win a Super Bowl.

Burleson has some years left and still plays well. Last year was one of his best, so if he can build on it, he certainly can contribute while Ryan Broyles develops.  He has to know this is his window, though, and while the Lions' window is wide open, at 31, Burleson would like to make sure his doesn't slam shut.

Green Bay Packers

The never-sleeping, always grinding Zach Kruse clips a clothespin to his nose, gets on a HazMat suit and takes another look at the Packers/Browns game from last week.

I'll be doing the same soon, so if Mr. Kruse can ship me his equipment I'd appreciate it.

Honestly, it wasn't horrific, but there are some problems, in some cases spelled 'Graham Harrell.'

Over at the Journal-Sentinel, Tyler Dunne looks at how rookie Jerron McMillian is embracing the hard work which comes with fighting for a starting spot. McMillian is a hard worker and a hard hitter, and both things will endear him to the coaching staff. If he can be a consistent tackler, he will end up with one of the safety spots this year.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings look much better then anyone will give them credit for. Are they perfect? No. They are better than advertised though.

Some of the surprises are in Arif Hasan's piece here at B/R. Hasan also writes for SBNations' Daily Norseman blog as well and spent some time at training camp. Among the winners is my man Audie Cole

Glad to have you on board the Cole-train, Arif. Plenty of room. I'm putting T-shirts together.

I don't know if any of you remember from earlier this summer, but linebacker Chad Greenway's father is fighting leukemia. The Pioneer Press' Jeremy Fowler has a great piece on Greenway, his dad and how the Vikings' linebacker is handling the balance of his dad's needs and his job in the NFL.

It goes without saying, we all wish Chad and his father the best and hope and pray for his dad's recovery.

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