Miami Dolphins defeat Green Bay Packers, 23-20

Green Bay — What kind of Sunday was it on special teams for the Green Bay Packers?

Maddening, at least when it came to the illegal formation penalty against linebacker Rob Francois that cost the Packers dearly in a 23-20 overtime defeat at the hands of the Miami Dolphins at Lambeau Field.

Disappointing, at least when it came to struggling young punter Tim Masthay.

The penalty on Francois and Masthay's poorest punt came within a five-play stretch in the fourth quar...

Green Bay — Here's an idea: As a way to prepare for the 2011 lockout that the NFL owners seem intent on hanging over everybody like an oblong Sword of Damocles, maybe they should shut down the whole stinkin' NFC North right here and now.

On second thought, that would deprive us all of the weekly train wreck the Green Bay Packers have become. As much as you insist you want to divert your eyes, this mess has become habit forming for a couple of reasons.

For one, there ...

Green Bay — The Miami Dolphins sized up their opponent well Sunday.

Taking note of the absence of pass-rushing demon Clay Matthews, run-stuffing end Ryan Pickett, rapidly improving defensive lineman Mike Neal and speedy linebacker Brandon Chillar, the Dolphins constructed a plan that stymied the Green Bay Packers' No. 2-ranked sack attack and allowed them to steal a 23-20 overtime victory at Lambeau Field.

The Packers hoped they could still produce a pass rush withou...