All 3 of the Vikings divisional foes were in action Sunday afternoon, so let’s take a look at how things shook out…
Bears: Following a poor offensive performance in last week’s 17-3 loss to the NY Giants, the Chicago Bears used a 1st quarter scoring outburst to defeat the Carolina Panthers 23-6 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Despite a dismal performance from backup QB Todd Collins – 6-of-16 for 32 yards and 4 INTs – the Bears relied on the ground game and an unyielding defense to top the Panthers. RB Matt Forte amassed 166 yards and 2 TDs on 22 carries while the Chicago defense intercepted Panthers rookie QB Jimmy Clausen 3 times. One of those INTs came on an acrobatic deflection by former Panthers DE Julius Peppers who finished the game with 4 tackles.
The win improves the Bears to 4-1 as they move into sole possession of 1st place in the NFC North. Chicago will host the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday.
Lions: The Detroit Lions came into Sunday’s matchup against St. Louis without a win and weren’t about to let the Rams continue that trend. The Lions ended their 4-game losing streak with a 44-6 blowout victory over the Rams.
With the game tied 3-3 early in the 2nd quarter, Lions KR Stefan Logan received the football 5 yards deep in his own endzone and took it the distance for a 105-yard kickoff return, giving his team a 10-3 lead. Logan’s kick return sparked a Detroit scoring route that saw 3 TD passes from QB Shaun Hill, 48 and 47-yard FGs from K Jason Hanson and a 42-yard pick-6 from CB Alphonso Smith.
Hill finished the game completing 21 of 32 passes for 227 yards and 3 TDs. Lions rookie RB Jahvid Best carried the ball for a team-leading 67 yards on 18 carries while former Vikings WR Nate Burleson hauled in 4 receptions for 56 yards and a TD for Detroit.
The Lions, now 1-4, will travel to the New Meadowlands Stadium next Sunday to square off against the NY Giants.
Packers: In an intriguing matchup between 2 of the NFL’s best QBs, Donovan McNabb rallied the Washington Redskins to a 16-13 come-from-behind OT victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Landover, Maryland Sunday afternoon.
The Packers led the Redskins throughout the game until Washington K Graham Gano punched a 45-yard FG through the uprights to tie the game at 13 with 1:07 remaining in the 4th quarter. The score would remain 13-13 at the end of regulation, giving way to OT play.
The Packers won the coin toss and elected to receive, but quickly went 3-and-out after a 3rd down sack by Redskins LB Brian Orakpo. McNabb and Co. managed to drive the ball down to the Green Bay 45 on the ensuing series, but Packers DT Brady Poppinga ended the drive with a sack.
The Packers started their 2nd drive in OT at their own 19 but on 2nd and 5, Rodgers’ pass intended for WR Greg Jennings was intercepted by Redskins S LaRon Landry. McNabb and Co. started their drive on the Green Bay 39 following the Landry INT and drove the football down to the 15, setting up Gano’s game-winning 33-yard FG.
With the loss, Green Bay falls to 3-2 and will face the Miami Dolphins next Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Posted in All, CJ Siewert | 12 Comments »