Minnesota Vikings 20, Detroit Lions 13 (box score)
Special teams play doomed the Lions as they allowed a kick and punt return for a touchdown for a second straight week. In the process they became the first NFL team to do so. The Vikings defense did a great job keeping the potentially potent Lions offense in front of them to limit big plays. The Lions’ lone touchdown came on a Matthew Stafford sneak late in the fourth quarter. Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson were effective enough on offense despite not reaching the end zone. It is not surprising that one team exited this game 3-1 with the other at 1-3, it’s just surprising which team has which record.
Green Bay Packers 28, New Orleans Saints 27 (box score)
The Packers and Saints entered their week four matchup as two of the more disappointing teams to start the 2012 season. It was the Packers that got their season back on track and sent the Saints to 0-4 in the process. Aaron Rodgers found Jordy Nelson for a 11 yard touchdown pass to take a 28-27 lead and looked like they might get some more breathing room after Darren Sproles fumbled the ensuing kickoff. However, the Packers were on the victim end of an egregious officiating error when Sproles was ruled down by contact. The Saints were able to move the ball but missed the go-ahead field goal.
Chicago Bears 34, Dallas Cowboys 18 (box score)
Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes for the Chicago Bears, and so did Tony Romo. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman put his team up 10-0 thanks to a 25-yard pick six in the second quarter while Lance Briggs extended the lead to 24-7 with a 74-yard pick six in the third quarter. Romo threw five interceptions in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football and was replaced by Kyle Orton. Brandon Marshall had a big nigh for the Bears offense with seven catches for 138 yards and a touchdown.
NFC North Standings
|Green Bay Packers||2-2||1-0|
NFC North Week 5 Schedule
Packers at Colts, Sunday, 1:00 PM
Bears at Jaguars, Sunday, 4:05 PM
Titans at Vikings, Sunday, 4:25 PM