Green Bay Packers Just the Latest Victims of Bad Calls & NFC North News

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2012

It's really hard to lead with anything else this morning. So let's just get this going.

There are a ton of differing opinions on the controversial catch from Monday night. Peruse Twitter and you'll see multiple angles showing multiple "truths." The fact is, though, this is just the straw breaking the camel's back. 

It's not as if the regular officials don't blow calls, as wisely pointed out in this even-keeled piece from The Seattle Times by Danny O'Neil. They even blow calls that determine games and playoff seedings.

However, those are odd moments, sporadic and spread out. This is consistent. How many games this week had unbelievably poor calls? Think the extra timeout for the Niners or the mess at the end of the Ravens-Patriots game.

Whether you think it's a catch or not and whether you think the Packers were jobbed or not, the one thing we should be able to agree on is that the mayhem in these games is more consistent and frequent than what we see with the regular referees.

Something has to give, and if you think it's just bitter Packers, Patriots or Vikings fans complaining (which I am none of), just wait until it happens to your team. 

With that, I cannot tell you how nice it is to move onto the rest of the NFC North news.


Chicago Bears

The staff at says Jay Cutler thinks the offensive line is improving and he won't physically assault his teammates anymore.

They also have a piece on head coach Lovie Smith's hope that Matt Forte could play Monday night.

At The Chicago Sun-Times, Mark Potash says the aging but effective Bears defense is finally getting some young help.


Detroit Lions

Speaking of debacles, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News says center Dominic Raiola feels he's the reason for that botched fourth down on Sunday.

MLive's Justin Rogers takes a look at Mikel Leshoure's regular season debut.

B/R columnist Andrew Kaufman says who screwed up the fourth-down play is irrelevant—they shouldn't have even thought about going for the field goal in the first place.


Green Bay Packers

Here we go...

The Press-Gazette's Charles Davis says fans are protesting outside of Lambeau.

ESPN Wisconsin's Jason Wilde says, not shockingly, the Packers' locker room was a little...upset with last night's final play.

B/R's Nick Kostora says as bad as the offensive line played in the first half, Aaron Rodgers deserves some blame as well.


Minnesota Vikings

Tom Pelissero has some grades from Sunday over at 1500 ESPN.

The Star Tribune's Chip Scoggins says the players were very happy with the game plan Sunday.

Daily Norseman's Chris Gates says the Vikings are right where we expected them to be if not by the road we thought they'd take.

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