The Lions also run the risk of letting the Packers run away from them in the NFC North.

Claiming that the Lions’ offense can get healthy against the Saints’ defense is really just a saying in this case. Matthew Stafford is apparently actually injured. The Lions defense showed vulnerability against the Panthers, and while Drew Brees and this offense presents different challenges, the Lions unit has a lot to prove.

Aaron Rodgers is trying to put away the NFC North a lot earlier for a change, no matter what problems have plagued the Packers. Case Keenum and Jerick McKinnon can give the shorthanded Vikings a chance in every game if the defense can hold up. But Rodgers will consistently find who’s covered by Trae Waynes — and not Xavier Rhodes or Harrison Smith — and Minnesota won’t keep up.

Following a 2-1 victory on Monday that provided the Cubs with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, Arrieta has the chance to propel Chicago into a third straight NL Championship Series appearance.

In the back of his mind, though, Arrieta understands the Tuesday start could represent the final time he takes center stage for the home team at Wrigley Field.

Lue coached Green as an assistant coach in Boston under Doc Rivers. With their bond established, Lue called up Green this past summer with an offer to join Cleveland to play backup minutes behind LeBron James and Kevin Love. Green made $15 million for the Orlando Magic last year but put up career lows across the board — 9.1 points on 39.4 percent shooting overall, 27.5 percent from 3 and 3.1 rebounds per game. The Cavs were offering only a veteran minimum deal of $2.1 million. Why did Green accept?

“Look around the locker room,” he said. “Look at the opportunity we have … to learn from LeBron and (Dwyane) Wade now. … I had that opportunity when they called and now I have it. It was a no-brainer to pick Cleveland to win the championship this year.”tigers_015