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  1. Barry Sanders: Lions are No. 2 in NFC North

    Kevin Seifert

    Has the Chicago Bears' coaching transition paved the way for a Detroit Lions resurgence? Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders advanced that theory in this "First Take" video. "I certainly have a lot of hope for this year," Sanders said of the 2...

    Blog | April 10, 2013
  2. Video: Bears' Matt Forte eyes the calendar

    Kevin Seifert

    Monday, we discussed the tight timetable the Chicago Bears are on in order to safely participate in their Aug. 7 preseason opener. In an appearance Tuesday on ESPN's "First Take," Bears tailback Matt Forte acknowledged there "is a little bit of conce...

    Blog | July 12, 2011
  3. Video: Matt Forte on Bears' division title

    Kevin Seifert

    Appearing Wednesday on ESPN's "First Take," Chicago Bears tailback Matt Forte discussed his team's NFC North championship and the conditions last Monday at TCF Bank Stadium. Forte said the field was "as hard as concrete" and suggested it worked to th...

    Blog | December 22, 2010
  4. NFC North draft analysis

    Kevin Seifert

    How top-heavy was the 2013 draft in the NFC North? We welcomed more players in the first round (six) than in the second and third rounds combined (four), the result of two big trades. With the 2013 affair basically in the books, let's take a close...

    Blog | April 27, 2013
  5. Blogger Blitz: An NFC North title game?

    Kevin Seifert

    NFL players and coaches take it one day at a time. We have no such obligation here on the NFC North blog. Today is Nov. 8, but I'm having a hard time getting my mind off Dec. 16. As Jeff of Nashville first pointed out in Tuesday's SportsNation ...

    Blog | November 08, 2012
  6. NFL Week 6 Power Rankings: NFC North

    Kevin Seifert

    Let's take a first look at the NFC North's place in's Week 6 Power Rankings. For the first time since the 2010 season, the Green Bay Packers are not our top-ranked team. They're not even our second-ranked team, for that matter. The details: ...

    Blog | October 09, 2012
  7. BBAO: Donald Driver, Suh and reality TV

    Kevin Seifert

    We're Black and Blue All Over: Let's take a break from our (relatively) serious coverage of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium bill to note some highly significant intersections of the NFC North and reality television. First, Green Bay Packers rece...

    Blog | May 09, 2012
  8. Todd McShay mock 5.0: NFC North

    Kevin Seifert

    ESPN analyst Todd McShay's fifth mock draft of the year contemplates multiple scenarios for each pick in the first round, and so it takes a little more time to digest than usual. Its Insider status prevents me from bringing you every scenario in the...

    Blog | April 12, 2012
  9. NFL32: Brian Urlacher seeks draft direction

    Kevin Seifert

    This video gives you a close-up look at the Chicago Bears' new Nike-style uniform and also a bit of discussion about the Bears' most likely direction in the first round of the April 26-28 draft. It stars linebacker Brian Urlacher and will take us int...

    Blog | April 06, 2012
  10. Mel Kiper Jr.: Replacing aging stars

    Kevin Seifert

    To help muddle through our first weekend without football in six months, let's take a look at Mel Kiper Jr.'s NFC North-heavy analysis of the top veteran players whose eventual replacement should comprise at least a part of his team's offseason. You...

    Blog | February 11, 2012
  11. NFL Week 17 Power Rankings: NFC North

    Kevin Seifert

    Let's take a quick look at's Week 17 Power Rankings: 1. Green Bay Packers Trending: Headed for wire-to-wire power rankings dominance. 7. Detroit Lions Trending: Up two after a 38-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers and their first...

    Blog | December 27, 2011
  12. MNF in Detroit: Context for Bears defense

    Kevin Seifert

    Only one NFL defense has allowed more yards than the Chicago Bears. Opponents are averaging 24.5 points and 21 first downs per game, both of which rank in the bottom third of the league. Those numbers are drawing some double-takes both around the ...

    Blog | October 06, 2011
  13. Nick Collins: Early gut punch for Packers

    Kevin Seifert

    News that Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins will miss the season is enough to take your breath away. For no other reason, it takes us back to the chaotic first half of the Packers' 2010 campaign, the one where they were literally losing prominent...

    Blog | September 19, 2011
  14. Quick hits on a travel Sunday

    Kevin Seifert

    As three of our teams take Sunday off from training camp, and the Chicago Bears prepare for a night session, let's run through some NFC North hotspots in quick-hitting fashion. But first, a programming note: I'm heading out to Bears training camp ...

    Blog | August 07, 2011
  15. On Stafford's injuries and pass protection

    Kevin Seifert

    It didn't take long for a pet peeve of the Matthew Stafford debate to rear up Monday morning. In fact, Nabicus raised it with the very first comment: "Stafford's career/health are directly connected to the Lions' Offensive Line (or lack thereof)." ...

    Blog | June 20, 2011
  16. BBAO: Heading soon to the Georgia Dome

    Kevin Seifert

    We're Black and Blue All Over: ATLANTA -- Greetings from the first stop on our excellent playoff weekend adventure. For those interested, I'm keeping a log of highlights from the trip -- which will take me from NFC North blog headquarters to Atlan...

    Blog | January 15, 2011