Week four of the NFL schedule won’t officially be complete until tomorrow night but just two unbeaten teams remain. It comes as little surprise that the Green Bay Packers are one while the other, the Detroit Lions, is more likely to cause the rise of an eyebrow. At the other end of the spectrum, the Minnesota Vikings lost the battle of the winless in Kansas City while the Chicago Bears won to split the difference at 2-2.
Here is a quick rundown of what went down in the NFC North in week four:
Detroit Lions 34, Dallas Cowboys 30 (box score)
The Lions roared back from a 24-point second half deficit to stun the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo threw three picks, including two returned for touchdowns and Calvin Johnson caught two more touchdown passes to bring his season total to eight. The Lions move to 4-0 with three of those wins coming on the road.
Chicago Bears 34, Carolina Panthers 29 (box score)
The Bears withstood a comeback bid by the Panthers to even their record at 2-2 despite Jay Cutler being outplayed by rookie Cam Newton. The Bears were led by Matt Forte’s 205-yard day on the ground and aided by an interception returned for a touchdown by D.J. Moore and a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown by Devin Hester.
Kansas City Chiefs 22, Minnesota Vikings 17 (box score)
Both teams entered 0-3 and it was the Chiefs that earned their first win of the season. Matt Cassell avoided the mistakes that plagued him in the first three games and Ryan Succop kicked five field goals to aid in the scoring. Adrian Peterson was held under 100 yards rushing for a second consecutive week and averaged just 3.5 yards per carry.
Green Bay Packers 49, Denver Broncos 23 (box score)
Aaron Rodgers put together a 400-yard, four touchdown day in which he also ran for two more touchdowns. The four touchdown passes went to four difference receivers and eight Packers caught at least one pass overall. Kyle Orton was intercepted three times, including one in the first quarter that was returned for a touchdown by Charles Woodson.
Week five NFC North schedule:
Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons (Sunday Night Football)
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (Monday Night Football)