The NFC North didn’t have a particularly strong showing this week. The Chicago Bears dropped a game to the New Orleans Saints that was never close, and the Packers beat the Lions in a divisional matchup that neither team appeared especially satisfied with (though the Packers will obviously take the win).
The division could have either spread out or tightened up in the standings this week, and it tightened up to the point that three teams (Detroit, Chicago, and Green Bay) are within a half-game of first.
It’s way too early to start projecting playoff matchups or anything of that sort, but we can at least say that the division race should be an interesting one for most — if not all — of the season.
Detroit — 3-2 (2-1 NFCN)
Chicago — 3-2 (1-1 NFCN)
Green Bay — 2-2 (1-0 NFCN)
Minnesota — 1-3 (0-2 NFCN)
The Detroit Lions still lead the division, but not the way they wanted to. The Packers are right back in the mix, and have most likely re-established themselves as the team to beat in the division, even if their record suggests otherwise.
The Vikings are a big winner this week, as they pick up a half-game on the rest of the division while taking a week off. Insert joke about losing on their bye week.
None of the NFCN teams have a divisional game next week, and all of them are playing opponents that are, at best, average. Depending on who takes care of business, the division could be led by any of the top three teams next week, or the Vikings could (theoretically) make up some ground. It’s going to be interesting, regardless of what happens.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at each team this week in detail.