Week seven is now in the book as far as the NFC North is concerned. Nothing has changed at the top but the middle is starting to muddy just a bit with the Lions starting to struggle and the Bears winning two straight since losing to the Lions on Monday Night Football.
Here is a recap of this week’s action in the NFC North:
Atlanta Falcons 23, Detroit Lions 16 (box score)
The Lions managed only field goals until late in the third quarter and gave up big plays on special teams that set up two Atlanta scores. The once-feared Lions offense sputtered with Matthew Stafford completing less than half his passes for a second consecutive week. The big worry is the health of Stafford’s right leg which he injured on the team’s last offensive play.
Chicago Bears 24, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18 (box score)
The Bears had a jolly good time in England thanks to their victory over the Buccaneers in London’s Wembley Stadium. The Bears defense intercepted Josh Freeman four times and Matt Forte ran for 145 yards to overcome a lackluster day from Jay Cutler. The Bucs cut the Bears’ 21-5 lead to 21-18 midway through the fourth quarter but could not get any closer.
Green Bay Packers 33, Minnesota Vikings 27 (box score)
Adrian Peterson had a big day for the Vikings as Christian Ponder made his debut as a starting quarterback. Peterson totaled 172 yards on the ground and helped the Vikings take a surprising lead into the locker room at halftime. The Packers responded with 20 unanswered points in the third quarter to seize control of the game. Ponder completed just 13 of 32 passes and was intercepted twice but did throw two touchdown passes. On the other side, Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 30 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns.
NFC North Week 8 Schedule
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers
Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos
Chicago Bears – Bye
Green Bay Packers – Bye