Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) runs a route while being guarded by Chicago Bears outside linebacker Lance Briggs (55) at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

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Bill Ford Jr.: Bears a ‘bunch of thugs’
Michael Rothstein –

Detroit Lions vice chairman Bill Ford Jr. might have just added another layer to an already-intense rivalry with the Chicago Bears.

In rare public comments Tuesday at a charity dinner honoring Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson, Ford referred to the Bears as “thugs.”

Detroit Lions looks to shut down Aaron Rodgers, Packers’ passing game
Carlos Monarrez – Detroit Free Press

Green Bay Packers wide receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson are one of the NFL’s best pass-catching tandems. In fact, Denver’s Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker are the only other wide receivers on the same team who rank among the league’s top 25 in receiving yardage.

Cobb has 290 yards and Nelson 289. Throw in James Jones’ 212 yards and tight end Jermichael Finley’s 11-yard average and two touchdowns, and you can see why the Packers have the NFL’s third-best passing attack.

Detroit Lions Issue of the Week: Young secondary must limit Aaron Rodgers
Justin Rogers –

The Detroit Lions currently share first place in the NFC North and could move to 3-0 against division opponents by defeating the Green Bay Packers on the road for the first time in 22 years.

While nothing really compares to what Peyton Manning has been doing in Denver, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has also been stuffing the box score.

Louis Delmas key to secondary play
Paula Pasche – The Oakland Press

Louis Delmas can’t practice much with his teammates.

The last two weeks he’s worked with them only on Thursdays.

The Detroit Lions free safety has to save his gimpy knee for Sundays, the day of the week that trumps all the others.

Delmas’ impact in Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears was noticeable particularly when he intercepted Jay Cutler twice. Both came on third-down plays.

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