Oct 7, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) shakes hands after the game with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeated Green Bay 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

NFC North Roundup: Packers Stunned, Bears Dominate, Vikings Win Again


The first of the NFC North bye weeks hit in week five with the Detroit Lions taking their one week break. The Bears get a rest next weekend but they had some work to do against the Jacksonville Jaguars first. The Vikings probably never want to take a week off give the way they’re playing and the Packers probably feel their bye can’t get here fast enough. Here is a rundown of all the week five action in the NFC North and a look ahead to next week.

Indianapolis Colts 30, Green Bay Packers 27 (box score)
The Green Bay Packers seemed to have solid control on the road against the Colts in taking a 21-3 lead into the half. It was a different story in the second half as the Colts defense sacked Aaron Rodgers five times while the Colts offense cut the deficit to 21-19 heading into the final quarter. Rodgers found James Jones in the end zone to put the Packers up five after the Colts had taken a brief lead. Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck led his second game-winning drive against an NFC North opponent and found Reggie Wayne for a 4-yard touchdown pass with just 35 seconds remaining.

Chicago Bears 41, Jacksonville Jaguars 3 (box score)
The Chicago Bears woke up in a big way after playing the Jaguars to just a 3-3 score through the first half. They used two interceptions returned for touchdowns and two Jay Cutler touchdown passes to lay the Wood to the Jags in the second half. Armando Allen‘s 46-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes left was the capper on a 38-point half as the Bears cruised to the 41-3 win.

Minnesota Vikings 30, Tennessee Titans 7 (box score)
Those waiting for the surprising Vikings to fall apart will have to wait at least one more week. Percy Harvin scored once through the air and once on the ground to help lead the Vikings to a 30-7 win over the Tennessee Titans. Former All-Pro running back Chris Johnson struggled once again (24 yards on 15 carries) as the Titans, who were without starting quarterback Jake Locker, manged just 267 yards of offense compared to the Vikings’ 433.

NFC North Standings

Team Record vs. Div
 Minnesota Vikings 4-1 1-0
 Chicago Bears 4-1 0-1
 Green Bay Packers 2-3 1-0
 Detroit Lions 1-3 0-1

NFC North Week 6 Schedule
Bears, Bye
Lions at Eagles, Sunday, 1:00 PM
Vikings at Redskins, Sunday, 4:25 PM
Packers at Texans, Sunday, 8:20 PM

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  • teetaw123

    Boy what a surprising turn of events over the course of first 5 games of the season. Who would have predicted this standings table after 5 games. Most had 1. Packers 2. Lions 3. Bears 4. Vikings. Its like the script has been completely flipped.

    • http://twitter.com/RossHusson Ross Husson

      I agree. The only North team I thought would be having the year they are having was Chicago even though I’m not sure I would have had them at 4-1. Minnesota at 4-1 is truly unbelievable, nobody saw Green Bay with 3 losses in 5 games, and the Lions may be the biggest surprise at 1-3 and could very well be 0-4.