The NFL is officially at the half-way point of the season. For the NFC North, the half-way point seems to be on par with what most were predicting when the season originally began.
The Chicago Bears were on their bye week in week 8 but the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions all were in action on Sunday.
- Detroit Lions 31, Dallas Cowboys 30-Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for over 400 yards, wide receiver Calvin Johnson compiled over 300 receiving yards and the Lions were still being written off with a minute remaining in the game and trailing the Cowboys by six points. What happened next was a touchdown drive that took no longer than a minute for the Lions and concluded with a Stafford dive into the end-zone.
- Green Bay Packers 44, Minnesota Vikings 31- There was a positive note for a Vikings quarterback on Sunday. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder did not have a turnover against the Packers defense on Sunday. The downside is that Ponder struggled to generate any sort of movement for the Vikings offense. All three of the Vikings offensive touchdowns were of the rushing variety. Meanwhile, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tossed two touchdown passes. Packers running back Eddie Lacey rushed for over 90 yards and a touchdown of his own.
- Green Bay Packers (5-2)
- Detroit Lions (5-3)
- Chicago Bears (4-3)
- Minnesota Vikings (1-6)
- In the next two weeks, there are two important games for the NFC North division. Both games involve the Chicago Bears. A week from today, the Bears face the Green Bay Packers. The Bears already lost to the Lions this season and can’t afford to lose to the Packers. Following their game against the Packers, the Bears play the Lions. If the Bears have any hope of leap-frogging the Lions, the team needs to win that game. A sweep by the Lions would be the nail in the Bears coffin.