Sep 23, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) passes against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Shack’s NFC North Predictions: Week 5


Fans here we are, a quarter of the way through the season and the NFC North isn’t shaping up like most of us thought. The Vikings and Bears are atop the NFC North while the Packers are in third place, and the Lions find themselves in familiar territory at the bottom of the NFC North.

Week five features what could be two trap games for the Vikings and Bears, while the Packers play a very beatable game against the Colts. However, I could see the NFC North going undefeated this week for the first time this season. Will the Vikings continue their winning ways at home? Can the erratic Jay Cutler and company come away with a win on the road against the Jaguars? Without further ado, here are my picks.

Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck’s stats don’t jump off the board through three games, but given the fact that he inherited the worst team in the league last year, the guy is playing extremely well. The Colts have been competitive in each game they’ve played this season except for the opener against the Bears when they lost 41-21. It should be noted that the Packers beat the Bears this season, so logic would say that the Packers should beat the Colts. Not to mention the Packers have perhaps the best quarterback in the NFL in Aaron Rogers, more experience than the Colts, and a better overall roster.

Prediction: Packers win 38-20

Chicago Bears at Jacksonville Jaguars

Boy did the Bears look good on Monday night… or was Tony Romo just that bad? Either way, the Bears won handily against a talented but underachieving team in the Dallas Cowboys. This Sunday, the Bears will face one of the top three running backs in the NFL in Maurice Jones-Drew, and a solid Jaguars’ defense that can capitalize on Jay Cutler mistakes. However, the only way the Jags pull of the upset is if Jones-Drew breaks a few long runs, because the Jags passing game still has a lot of work to do with their best talent at wide receiver in Justin Blackmon only recording ten catches for 79 yards and zero touchdowns through four games. Not quite the start the Jaguars had in mind for the Gabbert-Blackmon connection.

Prediction: Bears win 27-13

Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings didn’t necessarily play like a top team last week, the Lions just played that bad as the Lions gave up a punt return and kick return touchdown in two consecutive games. Regardless, the Vikings won and they are playing at home this week against a struggling Titans team who just lost their starting quarterback to injury. With that said, don’t count on the Vikings to blow out the Titans as the Titans still have a very capable quarterback in Matt Hasselbeck, who could actually make this a game. It should be noted that both the Vikings and Titans have a punt return and kick return touchdown in one game. Could we see a special teams touchdown from either or both teams again this week? With that question in mind, this is Shack’s Game Of The Week.

Prediction: Vikings win 23-20

Recap: I have the NFC North going undefeated this week for the first time this season. Don’t forget to leave a comment below and share your NFC North Predictions! I’ll try to respond to any comments or questions you might have.

Last Weeks Record: 1-3

Shack’s record so far this season: 7-8

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  • teetaw123

    Lions in big trouble if your predictions hold true. Next up for Lions Eagle and Bears on the road. They could easily be 1-5.
    I think the Lions started believing in their own hype. The played well last year and other teams have adjusted to them. Lions needed to find the next gear but so far they have not shown that. The offense is the prime example. Teams have adjusted to Stafford-Calvin Johnson but the Lions don’t have a follow up answer. It tells me Lions are not there as a contender yet. Genuinely good teams find a way to adjust. It is going to be a long season for Lions fans.

    • shack

      @teetaw123 Yeah it seems the Lions are still one or two seasons away from being legitimate contenders. I think this past off season showed more about their character then we all thought. Its not too late to turn the season around, but a 1-5 start looks very possible if the Lions don’t get things figured out during the bye week. Thanks for your contribution -Shack