State of the NFC North: Week 8

Green Bay Packers (7-1)

The Packers have now won their 7th in a row as they routed the Cardinals 24-21.  This most recent win was maybe a bit lucky as the Cardinals were about to score when AJ Green didn’t turn around to catch the ball and it was picked in the end-zone which would essentially end the game.  The Packers look pretty good in all facets of the game but the only issue now is getting the whole team available.  They travel to Arrowhead but will be without Aaron Rodgers as he is out for Covid.  We will get to see what Jordan Love can do against a bad defense.

Minnesota Vikings (3-4)

After winning 2 straight the Vikings are coming off of a loss to the Cowboys 20-16.  The Vikings looked terrible on offense as they were only 1/13 on third down.  The Vikings have been competitive in every game this year, but the offense and the play-calling better hope to find some rhythm and continuity as they face a very good Baltimore Raven team next.  They seemed to have gotten away from being under center and establishing the run so I expect to see more of that in the next game.  If they don’t figure it out immediately, I don’t see them getting over the 500 hump.

Chicago Bears (3-5)

The Bears dropped their 3rd straight as the 49ers defeated them 33-22.  The Bears were without Nagy, and Mack, but were still able to be competitive through 3 quarters.  Good news for Bears fans is Justin Fields played well with the exception of 1 interception.  He still threw for 175 and ran for over 100.  Unfortunately the bad news is that the Bears are most likely going to end the season with double digits in the loss column.  

Detroit Lions (0-8)

The Lions remain winless as they were absolutely destroyed by the Eagles 44-6.  They were dominated in the trenches on both sides of the ball.  Goff was sacked 5 times but he played far from mistake free football himself.  They are victims of injuries, and take turns making small mistakes that compound into losses.  They severely lack talent but you can see the effort level is still very high.  The Lions are going into a bye and have an extra week before they head to Pittsburgh and try to get a win.