October 16, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) looks over the San Francisco defense during game between the Detroit Lions and the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field. San Francisco won 25-19. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Shack's NFC North Predictions: Week Two

Last week the NFC North went 3-1, with the Packers as the only team suffering a loss. Week two features two pivotal games that could have a significant impact for the NFC North in the Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers, and the Detroit Lions vs. the San Francisco 49ers. Can the Bears win their first NFC North game of the season and drop the Packers to 0-2? Can the Detroit Lions beat the 49ers and get an early tie-breaker over the Packers? The Vikings outlasted the Jaguars in O.T and Adrian Peterson looked just fine after bouncing back from knee surgery, but can they beat the Colts in Andrew Luck’s home debut at Indy?

Here are my week two predictions:

Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts: The Vikings’ Adrian Peterson showed he’s healthy enough to dominate the run game but overall it will be a tough game for the Vikings as Andrew Luck looks for his first win of the season. I expect another close game for the Vikings this week.

Prediction: Colts win 23-17

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers: While the Bears looked pretty good last week picking off former number one overall pick Andrew luck three times, they still beat a team coming off a two win season, while the Packers lost to a 49ers team that was one game away from the Super Bowl. No way the Packers drop two in a row at home.

Prediction: Packers win 33-20

Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers: This is Shack’s game of the week. The Lions look to avenge their first loss last season by going into San Francisco and getting the win. The key for the Lions will be winning the turnover battle. If the Lions can put pressure on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, like they did against the Rams last week, and force Alex Smith into an interception and/or a fumble, then they should have a great chance to win. I also expect the Lions to learn from their mistakes last year and avoid getting burned by the 49ers run game on counters. If the Lions can play solid defense I have no doubt they will go into Candlestick Park with a win.

Prediction: Lions win 31-23

Recap: I have the NFC North going 2-2 this week with the Packers beating the Bears, the Lions beating the 49ers, and the Vikings losing to the Colts. Don’t forget to leave a comment below and share your NFC North predictions.

Shack’s Season Record: 3-1

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