As the Vikings used their early bye week to recover from a trio of hard-fought contests against the Saints, Dolphins and Lions, the rest of the NFC North was in action Sunday.
Let’s take a look at how the Vikings divisional foes faired in Week 4…
In an early Sunday afternoon game at Lambeau Field, the Green Bay Packers squeaked out a 28-26 victory over the Detroit Lions. The Lions took control of the game in the 2nd half by ending 4 of their 6 offensive drives with scores while the defense picked off Packers QB Aaron Rogers twice. The Packers defense made the difference, though, as it held Detroit to 0 TDs in the half despite allowing the Lions to reach Green Bay territory 5 times.
Following a Charles Woodson INT return for a TD early in the 3rd quarter, the Packers increased their lead to 28-14 and seemed to be in control of the game. But the pick-6 would result in their last points of the game, giving way to Lions QB Shaun Hill and Co. The Detroit offense drove the ball into Packer territory in 5 of their 6 second half drives – GB 21, 34, 30, 6 and 37 – but was only able to muster out 4 FGs, falling just 2 points short of Green Bay.
Hill was the staple of the Lions offense, completing 34 of 54 passes for 331 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs while also leading the team in rushing with 53 yards on 4 carries.
Sunday night’s matchup at the New Meadowlands Stadium saw a complete fallout of the Chicago Bears offense. As a result, Chicago dropped its 1st game of the season to the NY Giants 17-3. The Bears offensive line allowed 10 sacks, 9 of which landed QB Jay Cutler on his back before he was ultimately removed from the game with a concussion late in the 1st half.
The Bears offense provided a dismal performance in all facets of the game, picking up only 6 first downs (1 on a penalty), going 0-13 on 3rd down attempts and tallying a lack-luster 110 yards of total offense. Chicago also turned the ball over 3 times, once on a fumble and 2 INTs.
After Week 4, the Bears and Packers are tied atop the division at 3-1, the Vikings stay idle at 1-2 and the Lions fall to 0-4, which is certainly not a fair representation of how they have played this season.
Week 5 will have Chicago at Carolina, Detroit hosting St. Louis, Green Bay at Washington and the Vikings at the Jets on Monday night.
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