Detroit Lions Need to Start Hitting People & More NFC North News

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2012

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 09: Lawrence Jackson #94 and Nick Fairley #98 pressurer quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams during the fourth quarter of the game at Ford Field on September 9, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Rams 27-23.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Calvin Johnson is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. And as far as he is concerned, according to Chris McCosky, of the Free Press, neither are the rest of the receivers.

A greater amount of physicality from the receivers would be a huge help to this offense, in both supporting the run game and overcoming the physical play from defensive backs.

In fact, they should take it a bit further. The entire team needs to bring a hard, physical style of play to every game from here on out.

Don't miss my intention. They don't need to be more aggressive—at least in terms of the defense.

However, they need to spend more time kicking offenses and defenses in the teeth.

The Vikings did that, and it completely set a new tempo for their season.

One thing that has struck me while watching the Lions the last few weeks is that they don't impose their will on the opposition or the game itself.

You do that by being physical—hitting rather than being hit.

The Lions don't seem to be doing much hitting right now. They receive blows, they don't deliver them.

This team needs to become more physical which is, frankly, not anything I would ever type. 

But here we are. The season is at a precarious point, and the Lions need to start slapping people around. They have to start laying people out.

On to the rest of the NFC North...

Chicago Bears

The staff of discusses its weekly four downs including whether Lance Briggs has become the face of the defense and whether the Bears will falter when they meet 'better' opponents.

Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times talks about the Bears community—fans, players and the organization—supporting the family of the Bears fan murdered in Jacksonville.

Matt Forte says the passing game won't function without a run game according to the Tribune's Fred Mitchell.


Detroit Lions

Anwar Richardson, of, thinks the Lions could have safety Louis Delmas back this weekend.

It had been so quiet. The Free Press'  Dave Birkett has a little more on the story circulating that Ndamukong Suh left the scene of an accident.

Bleacher Report's Scott Bischoff gives a revised look at the Lions' remaining schedule.


Green Bay Packers

The Press-Gazette's Weston Hodkiewicz says that the Packers' tight ends are struggling with injuries.

Brian Carriveau, at, is done with tight end Jermichael Finley.

This game against Houston is a tipping point for the Packers according to Tom Silverstein of the Journal-Sentinel.


Minnesota Vikings

The Star-Tribune's Jim Souhan says that with the game against Washington, Adrian Peterson's recovery has come full circle.

It was very sad to hear that Everson Griffin's mother had died while visiting Minnesota this week, but Brian Murphy, of the Pioneer Press, says the team is giving him all the support and space he needs to deal with his grief.

Bleacher Report and Huge Upside's Sigmund Bloom takes a long look at Adrian Peterson and the Vikings' run game.


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