Tramon Williams Will to Lead the Autobots Against Megatron & More NFC North News

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2012

Tramon Williams is all ready to greet Calvin Johnson when the Packers head to Detroit to face the Lions. He's ready to go and relishing the competition, according to the Journal-Sentinel's Tyler Dunne.

We'll go in-depth with this in the game breakdown, but you pretty much have the key to this game right here. Beyond that, you have a tremendous battle to watch between Megatron and the second defensive back to dub himself Optimus Prime this year (the other being Seattle's Richard Sherman).

As with any Transformer, there is more to Williams than meets the eye.

To the casual fan, Williams was yet another under-performing aspect of the Packers' secondary in 2011.  However, Williams played most of the season with a shoulder injury and the longer the year went, the more it was clear he wasn't 100%.

He's healthy now and eager for this game, especially after Williams and the secondary was torched by Johnson in Week 17 of 2011.

Williams will have to be a steady veteran presence on Sunday, as the defensive backs around him are mostly young. They'll all get a crack at Johnson during the game as you can expect the Lions to move him around to avoid Williams.

It might be that Williams will want to use his leadership matrix to help support the rest of the group, because it will be a challenging day and the Packers will need a solid performance from more than just their own Optimus Prime.

On to the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bears

Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times says that the Bears' offense has some problems and they're running out of excuses.

The Bears know they need to get ready for a tough day against the 49ers' defense, according to Brad Biggs of the Tribune.

Over at, there's a great video with Rachel Nichols talking to Charles Tillman about how he knocks the ball away from, well, everybody. If you're talking about this with friends, be careful when you say 'Peanut Punch' because that's a Freudian slip waiting to happen.


Detroit Lions

Quarterback Matt Stafford is hoping to do a better job in the first half of games according to's Anwar Richardson.

Dave Birkett of the Free Press says that the sledding will be tough in the coming weeks for a banged-up Lions secondary.

That secondary will face a quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, who is still motivated and highly competitive no matter how successful he is, according to the Detroit News' Chris McCosky.


Green Bay Packers

Pete Dougherty says things are going to be tougher with Clay Matthews out and battling a hamstring injury.

The Packers are fine with Rodgers running, they just want him to be smart about it, according to the Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein.

Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin takes a closer look at the chess match between the Lions' recievers and the Packers' secondary.


Minnesota Vikings

While fans might be worried, the Vikings have no doubts about Christian Ponder, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN.

The Star-Tribune's Dan Weiderer says GM Rick Spielman is already looking ahead, even while the season rolls on in the present.

Weiderer and his cohort, Mark Craig, brave the frigid cold to bring you a great video looking at last week's win over Detroit as well as how things sit going into the bye week.

That's dedication folks. Or insanity. Your call.


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