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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  • Neuman

    No doubt the Lions vs. Niners pits two very solid teams against one another. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lions win this game, but I find your confidence in their victory completely overstated. I’d give the edge to the niners as their D is better, they’ve shown the ability to game plan against pass-heavy teams, and they’re playing at home. That said, I think Lions can take this game if the niners overlook receiving threats not named CJ or their OL underperforms.

    While the niners may lose, I’d be shocked if they lose by 8 or more. It’s been a long, long time since they lost a game by that big a gap.

  • brucekennedy

    Dude we’re all Lions fans here, but let’s be realistic. Some say the 49′ers are the best team in the NFL. I don’t know about that, but they are certainly up there. That victory against the Packers, last week, was in Green Bay. I don’t look for a Lions victory in this one. What do you see in the Lions’ secondary that makes you believe the Lions will stop the 49′ers in San Fran.? it doesn’t look good. But I will certainly be rooting for the Lions, it’s just that I would not bet on this game.