Each team in the NFC North has now played five games and the division is gaining a lot of clarity. The Packers and Lions have distanced themselves as the class of the division while the Bears are struggling to remain relevant in the NFC playoff race and the Minnesota Vikings look like a team in rebuild mode.
Here is a quick recap of what happened in the NFC North in week five:
Minnesota Vikings 34, Arizona Cardinals 10 (box score)
The Vikings built a lead even they couldn’t give away by jumping on the Cardinals for a 28-0 lead in the first quarter. Adrian Peterson had three rushing touchdowns in the opening quarter en route to a 122-yard rushing day. The Vikings defense came up with four sacks and caused four turnovers to cruise to their first win of the season.
Green Bay Packers 25, Atlanta Falcons 14 (box score)
The Falcons took a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter but the Packers scored the final 25 points of the game. Green Bay managed just 2.9 yards per carry behind an injury depleted offensive line but Aaron Rodgers was able to hook up with James Jones and Greg Jennings on touchdown passes.
Detroit Lions 24, Chicago Bears 13 (box score)
The Lions hosted their first Monday Night Football game in a decade (perhaps you heard) and they didn’t disappoint an excited Ford Field Crowd. The Lions opened the scoring with a 73-yard bomb from Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson and took control of the game with big plays from Jahvid Best in the running game. Matt Forte broke the 100-yard rushing barrier and Jay Cutler played well despite constant pressure from the Detroit defensive line but it wasn’t enough to mount a serious threat in the second half.