NFC Notes: Bears, Lions, Packers, Vikings


Bears HC Matt Nagy made a pretty big shift entering Monday night’s game against the Vikings, ceding play-calling duties to OC Bill Lazor. The results were underwhelming. The Bears’ lone touchdown came on special teams and mustered just 149 yards of total offense in a 19-13 loss. 

“Just starting off big picture, obviously, we struggled mightily on offense in having the four three-and-outs in the second half,” Nagy said via Nathan Smith of the team website. “We had field position. We couldn’t convert on that in the red zone. It overshadows how well I thought our defense played and the different sudden changes they had, how well our special teams played. I was proud of those guys. So two out of the three parts right now are playing well. It’s been a constant theme for us.”

  • Nagy said he expects Lazor to call plays again when the Bears return from their bye to play the Packers in Week 12. (Dan Wiederer


  • Per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions HC Matt Patricia said QB Matthew Stafford would be at practice Wednesday but might not do much: “We’ll see what it looks like when we get out there.”
  • Stafford struck a much less confident tone about his chances of playing this week: “Just taking it day to day. Trying to figure out if I can get through it. … See if I can go out there and play.” (Chris Burke)


  • Per the Athletic’s Matt Schneidman, Packers HC Matt LaFleur said CB Jaire Alexander is still working through the concussion protocol: “Yeah, he’s still working through that. We hope to have him available.”
  • Despite coming off injured reserve, Packers WR Allen Lazard might not be ready to play Sunday per LaFleur: “He’s doing a great job. He’s so diligent. …We’re hopeful to have him back for Sunday but we’ll kind of just see how his body reacts.” (Wes Hodkiewicz)
  • Packers WR Davante Adams wouldn’t guarantee he’ll play on Sunday against the Colts after suffering an ankle injury last week, but he said that the plan is for him to be available. (Matt Schneidman).


  • Per the Athletic’s Chad Graff, Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has carried the ball 30 times two of the past three games. But he’s not worried about his workload: “Yeah, my body feels good after that. I’m ready to play another one.” 
  • Vikings HC Mike Zimmer says Cook has a strong say in his workload coming down the stretch: “I think a lot of that depends on Dalvin as we move forward. We take pretty good care of him during the week. … But when the game gets on the line, he doesn’t want to not be out there with his guys.”

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