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Week 5 NFC North Roundup

Posted by cjsiewert on October 10, 2010 – 8:19 pm

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.


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12 Responses to “Week 5 NFC North Roundup”

  1. By fmfan on Oct 10, 2010 | Reply

    the bears are in front now but they could lose 6 of their last 8 (philly, N.E., Jets, Fins, G.B., Vikings twice ) and even the Lions at home have a chance to beat them.

  2. By fire childress on Oct 10, 2010 | Reply

    has anyone heard how serious Rodgers head injury was? he may miss next week i heard

  3. By PurplePeopleEater on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    I didn’t even realize he had gotten a concussion until the news after the game. Chances are that it isn’t that bad, but he may be forced to miss next week just because of how anal the league has gotten with head injuries over the past few years. I expect to see him ready to go the following week when the Vikes roll into town though!

  4. By Old School on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    Tonights game reminds me of the last few games of the regular season last year…….A perfect time to move right back in the mix of things…we couldn’t have asked for a better Sunday……the only thing missing was a Bears loss. Greenbay, Saints, Dallas all went down with their second or third loss. We need this game tonight…just like we needed the last couple of last year for the homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

    A must win tonight……no excuses! WE win tonight….our season starts over new!

  5. By Old School on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    By the way, Greenbay…..they are done! Injuries to many key players….we should kill them in two weeks!

  6. By Old School on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    I will be the first to say this, If Brett starts to look like he is not there mentally, because of this scandal that he is in the middle of, comes out and starts to throw interception after interception, he needs to be taken out! The team needs to step up and TAKE HIM OUT! We are, like I said before, in a perfect situation to climb back into the mix…….Don’t allow him to just sit out there and turn the ball over and over again putting our D into short yardage situations where they get worn down and can’t stop the other team tonight! Put T-Jack in there!

    THERE IS NO WAY THAT BRETT ISN’T HAVING ISSUES RIGHT NOW!

    NO WAY!

  7. By GOLDVIKE on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    I’M GLAD MOSS IS BACK!!! I’M LOOKING FOR ALLDAY TO GET 200 YARDS AND THREE TOUCHDOWNS!!!

  8. By vikingreality check on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    Old School you’re right its a must win tonight, however Favre plays better under mental pressure,

  9. By desmond on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    To the so called experts this is the toughest part of our schedule and the next 4 weeks should prove how good this team really is. I see us beating the Jets, Cowgirls, Packers and Patsies, but the team wont peak until the second half of the season .That is when we get Cook and Rice back ……Go VIKES

  10. By Skol_Vikings on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    somehow I’m not worried about the Bears because they will bust, but I hope they stay above the Packers. This divison is hands down coming to Divison play. I don’t think the Lions are going 0-6 in Divison play either. I suspect an upset, maybe 2, from the Lions. The Bears seem ripe for a revenge game from the Lions…

    anyone know how long Cook is going to be out this time?

  11. By rocksalt on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    Old School is right-tonight is a must-win situation……

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