Charles Woodson Says Green Bay Packers Killed Themselves & More NFC North Notes

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Strong safety Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers is called for pass interference against tight end Evan Moore #82 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 14-12.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Monday night was brutal for Packers fans. It was brutal for everyone, including Seattle fans because they don't even get to enjoy a win. Packers fans though felt the loss most keenly, though.

We have spent days examining, breaking down and ripping apart the last play, but there was a lot more going on than that play.

The Packers get that.

The Journal-Sentinel's excellent Tyler Dunne relays Charles Woodson's message to his team going forward.

Simply put, Woodson says the refs didn't lose that game for the Packers. The Packers lost it themselves.

Lost in the noise around the catch that wasn't, was the fact that the Packers played a mediocre game and if it was called at halftime for some reason, we'd say that it was a horrible game.

This was never a 'gimme' game. Nobody should have thought that though it's clearly a matter of where they were expected to win. By all evidence in the second half, they should have won.

Ultimately the last catch gave the Seahawks the win, but the Packers lost the game. They lost it with poor play calling for most of the game. They lost it for the horrific blocking, the quarterback holding the ball too long.

Maybe the referees gave the game to the Seahawks. But they didn't cause the loss.

They just delivered the final blow.

On to the rest of the NFC North.

 

Chicago Bears

The staff at ESPNChicago.com covers their 'Four Downs' including the inconsistent offense, Romo vs Cutler and more.

The Sun-Times' Joe Cowley says that for guys like Jay Cutler and Tony Romo, there is little margin for error.

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune says Matt Forte is eager to get on the field this weekend.

 

Detroit Lions

Anwar Richardson of MLive.com says that Nick Fairley may still be waiting for a decision on his suspension but he's not letting it distract him.

Bleacher Report's Ryan Rudnansky says Mikel Leshoure will make things easier for the offense and Matt Stafford.

There's been some concern about Matt Stafford's hip, but the Free Press' David Birkett says he looked like he would be fine at practice Wednesday.

 

Green Bay Packers

Cheeseheadtv.com's CD Angeli doesn't quite defend the referees but has a unique perspective to share having been a referee himself at one time.

Bleacher Report's Elyssa Gutbrod goes over the truths and myths of the Packers after three weeks.

The Press-Gazette's Rob Demovsky says MD Jennings has a hard time taking away any lessons from the last play of Monday night's game.

 

Minnesota Vikings

1500 ESPN's Judd Zulgad says that despite the return of Jerome Simpson, the offense and Christian Ponder will still play a controlled game.

Over at the Pioneer Press, Bruce Brothers talks about how rookie cornerback Josh Robinson will approach covering Calvin Johnson.

Vikings.com writer Mike Wobschall gives you six storylines to watch in Sunday's game.

 

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