It’s chaos time in the NFC North.
With the Chicago Bears prevailing over the Green Bay Packers in a game featuring two backup quarterbacks and somehow even worse defense, the Black and Blue Division is now in a three-way tie at the top.
But the records, at this point, aren’t even the issue; second-half health is. The Packers are full of injuries on both sides of the ball, but to this point they’ve done well to battle through them. If Aaron Rodgers misses time, that will change.
The Detroit Lions are one of the more fortunate teams in the injury department (knock on wood), as they’ve had a bye week to rest up and aren’t missing any of their major weapons (Stafford, Bush, Johnson).
Regardless, the second half of this season looks to be very interesting. The division is up for grabs.
Oh, and then there’s Minnesota. Ugh.
NFC North Standings
Detroit — 5-3 (2-1 NFCN)
Green Bay — 5-3 (2-1 NFCN)
Chicago — 5-3 (2-1 NFCN)
Minnesota — 1-7 (0-3 NFCN)
It’s locked up tight in the NFC North. You have to go four tiebreakers deep to even determine the order these teams should be in. Technically, the Lions lead the division because of a half-game difference in NFC record (Lions are 4-2 in the NFC, Packers 3-2, and Bears 3-3). It’s all right here. You make sense of it.
That won’t stand for any amount of time. Every one of these teams has to do whatever they can to win each week, because they’re going to have a pair of teams threatening to pass them (or widen the gap) every week for the rest of the season.
It seems scoreboard-watching is going to start early in the Midwest.
Except in Minnesota. They need to work on their draft scouting.