Week 3 in the NFC North was another week that saw mixed results for the division.
While it is only 3 weeks into the season, the Minnesota Vikings have put themselves in a hole that the team likely will not recover from. We will take a look at the Vikings game in addition to the games played by the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and Chicago Bears as well as look at the updated standing for the division.
Week 3 Results
- Cincinnati Bengals 34, Green Bay Packers 30-For the first time this season, the Green Bay Packers offense struggled as the team had four turnovers. Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed for 244 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions while being sacked four times on Sunday. One bright spot for the Packers on Sunday was rookie running back Jonathan Franklin who rushed for 103 yards on 13 carries. At one point, the Packers were ahead of the Bengals 30-t0-14 before giving up 20 unanswered points.
- Cleveland Browns 31, Minnesota Vikings 27-After talk that the Cleveland Browns were aiming for a high draft pick in 2014 after trading running back Trent Richardson this past week, the Vikings did not help their cause. Adrian Peterson was held for under 100 yards rushing while Christian Ponder threw for 228 yards with an interception. The Vikings now stand at 0-and-3 on the season.
- Detroit Lions 27, Washington Redskins 20-Reggie Bush did not play for the Lions on Sunday because of an injury, but Detroit could do no wrong with quarterback Matthew Stafford and the combination of wide receivers Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson. Stafford threw for over 300 yards with two touchdowns, while both Johnson and Burleson had over 100 receiving yards with Johnson having one of Stafford’s two touchdowns.
- Chicago Bears 40, Pittsburgh 23-The Chicago Bears’ scored 23 points off of five Pittsburgh Steelers’ turnovers and that is the main reason why the Bears defeated the Steelers with ease on Sunday. Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler threw for under 200 yards on Sunday but did have a touchdown to wide receiver Earl Bennett.
Standings After Week 3
- Chicago Bears (3-0)
- Detroit Lions (2-1)
- Green Bay Packers (1-2)
- Minnesota Vikings (0-3)