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Do you like football in the snow?
For a while, no one could score. Then, no one could make a tackle. And the game we're describing -- the Baltimore Ravens' bizarre 29-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings -- wasn't even the snowiest game of a flurry-filled Sunday. Those conditions hit Philadelphia, where the Eagles and Detroit Lions barely could see the ball for stretches -- and rarely kicked an extra point -- during the home team's eventual 34-20 win. Are you a fan of these conditions? Do you want them to hit Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium?
NFC North outlook still muddy
What an odd week for the NFC North. Perhaps the NFL's most competitive division title race stayed that way, but not thanks to great play from any of its contenders. The first-place Detroit Lions lost a turnover-riddled game at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- they of zero wins three weeks ago. The Chicago Bears lost 42-21 at the previously 4-6 St. Louis Rams. And the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers? They replaced struggling quarterback Scott Tolzien with Matt Flynn ... then proceeded to force a tie with the Minnesota Vikings. That leaves the first two at 6-5 and the last at 5-5-1. How will the rest of the season play out?
It must be frustrating as a superstar athlete to be stuck on a bad team. You might put up stellar statistics and dominate every game, but your best efforts are buried as the rest of your team gets run over. That has been Adrian Peterson's life for much of his NFL career, and although he doesn't want to go to another team, he says he would understand if the Vikings decided to trade him for draft picks. It might not be a bad idea for Minnesota. Its 2-7 record means its playoff hopes this season are pretty much nil, and a fresh start could do wonders for both sides.
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Peterson's injury a big deal?
Quarterback carousel aside, another thing appears to be plaguing the Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson's hamstring, which he says has been ailing him for more than a month. The reigning MVP and 2,000-yard rusher doesn't expect to miss time, but he seems to have been slowed by the whole thing (just 511 rushing yards in seven games). Will he bounce back? Is a top ball carrier even that critical in today's NFL?
When you've got a good quarterback, you've got a chance to win in the NFL. When you don't, you change starters. Maybe you sign a free agent off the street as insurance. And maybe you take inspiration from Batman and illuminate the night sky with the Brett signal -- as in Brett Favre -- like the Rams reportedly did.
Now, don't expect live reports from Hattiesburg, Miss., as Favre says he's retired. For good. Really. But it makes us wonder how confident the Rams are in backup Kellen Clemens replacing the injured Sam Bradford. The Rams aren't alone in this boat -- not when the Browns are about to trot out their third starting QB of the season and the Vikings are choosing between Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder.
Meet Me In St. Louis?
Brett Favre gained a reputation for wavering on retirement, but he was firm Thursday that his career is over.
Is that Brett Favre's music?
The Rams reportedly reached out to Favre despite the fact it's been nearly three years since he has played in an NFL game.
Valhalla I am coming
Matt Cassel, center, quarterbacked the Vikings' only win of the season. But Christian Ponder, right, is set to start if Josh Freeman can't.
Jason Campbell was passed over the first time the Browns changed quarterbacks. He'll get his chance Sunday against the Chiefs.
Campbell is replacing Brandon Weeden, who has struggled mightily this season in Cleveland.