In a back-and-forth battle between 2 teams in desperate need of a win, the Vikings came out victorious over the Dallas Cowboys by a mark of 24-21 late Sunday afternoon, giving the Purple their 2nd win on the season.
The win moved the Vikings to 2-3 while they also gained ground in the NFC North rankings. How much ground? Let’s take a look at how the rest of the division fared…
Bears: Chicago got out to an early lead on a 6-yard TD run by RB Matt Forte, but that would be the last lead of the day for the Bears as they dropped their 2nd game of the season 23-20 to the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field.
Offensively, the Bears couldn’t get much going with Forte’s 1st-quarter TD marking the only TD for the offense. The passing game was a non-factor with QB Jay Cutler completing just 17 of 39 attempts for 290 yards and 0 TDs. And when moving the chains – or lack thereof – the Bears didn’t convert a single 3rd down attempt (0-12).
Former Vikings RB Chester Taylor led the Bears dismal rushing attack with 4 carries for 31 yards. Forte was limited to 11 yards on 8 carries (1.4 yards per carry) and the TD.
Devin Hester returned a punt 89 yards for a TD late in the 4th quarter, but it was too little too late as the Bears fell to 4-2 on the season.
The Bears remain atop the NFC North and will host the Washington Redskins next Sunday.
Lions: Following a blowout victory over the St. Louis Rams last week, the Detroit Lions fell back to their losing ways with a 28-20 loss to the NY Giants at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
The loss to the Giants wasn’t the only loss the Lions encountered Sunday afternoon, as QB Shaun Hill left the game late in the 1st half with a broken left arm. Detroit was already down to its backup QB with Matthew Stafford sidelined from a sprained throwing shoulder suffered in the 1st game of the season.
The Lions struck first on a Shaun Hill-Nate Burleson 14-yard TD connection half way through the 1st quarter, but were soon playing catch-up the remainder of the contest.
After Hill went down with the broken arm, Detroit’s 3rd-string QB, Drew Stanton, stepped in, completing 19 of 34 passes for 222 yards, 1 TD and an INT – the TD on an 87-yard pass to WR Calvin Johnson early in the 4th quarter – but eventually fell short to the Giants for their 5th loss on the season.
The Lions drop to 1-5 heading into their bye week and will host the Washington Redskins on October 31.
Packers: For the 2nd week in a row, the Green Bay Packers came up short in an OT contest. This week the Packers fell victims to a 23-20 OT loss to the Miami Dolphins at Lambeau Field.
The Packers and Dolphins kept the game tightly-contest throughout the entire contest with 3 scoring ties and 5 lead-changes. But the last lead-change was the one that counted most on a 44-yard game-winning FG from Dolphins K Dan Carpenter.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who was coming off a week of recovering from a concussion suffered during last Sunday’s OT loss to the Redskins, completed 18 of 33 passes for 313 yards, 1 TD and an INT. His favorite target was WR Greg Jennings, who hauled in 6 receptions for 133 yards and a TD. Jennings’ TD came on an 86-yard pass from Rodgers late in the 1st quarter.
The Packers fall to 3-3 and will host Brett Favre, Randy Moss and the Vikings at Lambeau Field in a marquee Sunday night matchup next week.
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