Green Bay Packers
It's so easy to kick professional sports teams when they're down, and their athletes, too.
GRIFFITH | Long before Michael Vick, Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III trespassed into secondaries with impunity, the Bears employed a quarterback with a howitzer left arm and the propensity to leave the pocket well behind him.
After performing just well enough to win against the Packers on Monday, the Bears' secondary tipped it the other way Sunday and underperformed just enough in the loss to the Lions.
CANTON, OHIO | As relaxed as if he had no one to block, Jonathan Ogden became the first Baltimore Raven enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Here are six sports nuggets you won't get while channel surfing and yawning through the 10 p.m. news:
ATLANTA | The Falcons are well aware of just how desperate this city is for its first Super Bowl championship.
Surprisingly, there is no purple bunting stretching across Green Bay like a giant spider web.
CHICAGO | If Mike Neal were in his 10th NFL season with all the nagging injuries he's had, you'd agree it was the price athletes pay in this punishing sport.
LAKE FOREST | The NFL's oldest rivals are spicing up their Sunday showdown with some serious trash talk.
It's the time of year when the men are separated from the boys in the NFL.
CHICAGO | The Bears offense appears to be back in sync, even if the same might not be true of quarterback Jay Cutler and his offensive coordinator.
Offering perspective on today's issues
GREEN BAY, Wis. | The NFL suspended Green Bay Packers defensive end and Merrillville product Mike Neal without pay Tuesday for the team's first four games of the 2012 regular season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.
Winning back to back Super Bowls is not easy. Living in Bears country is no joy, either. Bears and Packers fans just don't mix well. It's a hate that won't go away, much like Democrats and Republicans, or Sox and Cubs.
Mike Neal, Merrillville grad, Green Bay Packers, defensive end, 2011
GREEN BAY, Wis. | Aaron Rodgers threw five touchdown passes for the first time in his career to help the Green Bay Packers nail down the No. 1 seed in the NFC and claim another round of bragging rights in the NFL's most storied rivalry by knocking the Chicago Bears out of the playoff chase.
GREEN BAY, Wis. | When Aaron Rodgers needs to rekindle the feelings that drove his rise from a junior college quarterback to Super Bowl MVP, he doesn't have to look too far.
SCHERERVILLE | Six-year-old Erin Mauder received a surprise package Monday from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. | The Bears offense needs to regain its balance, for Jay Cutler's sake if nothing else.
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