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Week 6 NFC North Roundup

Posted by cjsiewert on October 18, 2010 – 10:19 am

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.

Standings:
Bears              4-2
Packers           3-3
Vikings            2-3
Lions               1-5


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15 Responses to “Week 6 NFC North Roundup”

  1. By GOLDVIKE on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    GIVE THE BALL TO ALLDAY ALLDAY AND THROW WHEN YOU HAVE TO. GO VIKES.

  2. By chaos on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    absolutely right mr goldvike. but remember to mix it up. up the middle, to the right, to the left…..take it back now y’all {just joking} but really mix it up a bit. I would love to see some wildcats.

  3. By Stoney on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    How about playing hard and giving 100% for the first time this season, instead of a gutless, half a$$ed performance. Maybe the O and D line can show up.

  4. By Skol_Vikings on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    O-line needs some serious work, but what is it with the hate for the D-Line? Yeah, the sacks have been down. But they’re presence has been felt. Did you see them rip on Romo in the first drive? It changed their enitre game plan to something really odd. EJ’s first INT? Tipped off a Williams helmet. Jared Allen, again not getting sacked, but he is doing his job apply pressure and closing down lanes.

    The offense needs a Favre whose Arm is healthy — I’m going to get murked for this, but I at least want to see T-Jack get some reps if the offesne is stalled. Maybe get a good play in here and there.

  5. By rocksalt on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Romo had plenty of time and was rarely hit after he threw the ball, unlike Favre who was hit often and had no pocket.

  6. By xvike on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with you stoney. Wheres the O and D line at? The o line haven’t done a spectacular job protecting favre this year but they’ve done a decent job. Some of the sacks on favre happened because brett held on to the ball for too long or didn’t throw it away,etc. They’ve done a good job blocking for ad but it could b better. I think the play calling last game for ad just didn’t work. AD up the middle all day is not going to result in big yards. I believe a stretch play by ad to the outside gave the team like 20 yds or so. They need to mix up the plays more. But the dline has been non existant so far this year. Sure they’ve put pressure on the qb’s but what dline doesn’t do that. I guess the issue is that so far this year, the vikings dline has not lived up to their reputation yet. But i’d rather them do little now and show up later in the season, versus do good now and nothing at all later. The vikings should be able to beat the packers next week. The packers have a bunch of injured guys but we should be able to beat them regardless. The packers are not as good as everyone seems think they are. They are just another over hyped/overrated team like the cowboys. GO VIKES!

  7. By DA MAN WHO KNOWS on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    HEY BOYS! WE WON – Packers should and will be beat by 10 points or more this coming weekend – Vikings have them out matched at almost every position – Looks as if Mathews will not play again next week – This will be our coming out party – Prepare for Favre time baby! we are about to turn the corner -

  8. By vikadan on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    I would like to see a little pass to AD JUST TO GET HIS JETS FIRING! and then blast off! or some more screens!! also the vikes need to change things up, all the teams are onto us, i woundnt mind switch off and on farve and jackson just to keep the other team off kilter, give favre a rest for a couple of plays when hes hit hard and then jackson runs it for some yardage then bring favre back in a play or two later and so on, that way jackson also see’s some playin time, i thought it would be a good combination but the coachs would probally laugh at that! hope the vikes keep clicking, they are still our team and their good we cant be dissapointed in that.

  9. By Rick on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings have a long way to go there offense is stale, thier defense is not close to how good it was last year. favre arms is hurting and T jackson stinks.. thier offensive line is getting pushed all over the field. is Sydney Rice ever coming back, because then they would have a decent seasom rice on one side moss on the other.

  10. By armchairanalyst on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    The D-Line is fine. The O-Line is not fine. Even with a 2x tight end set Farve is scrambling. Farve is not getting enough time (no time) to find open receivers (they ARE getting early separation) — now. Packers and Patriots can’t apply the pressure Dallas did, but we need to get this “work in progress” finally working. When Farve gets reasonable protection the offense will go light out. We should own this division in 3 weeks, and contend for best record within the conference. I expect a repeat week with Packer/Bear losses, and a Vikings win. We’ll see who’s smiling in about 20 days.

  11. By TWVIKE on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Week 6 and we are already hoping other teams lose. It is about time to make our own way.

  12. By chaos on Oct 19, 2010 | Reply

    we may be hoping other teams lose. but at least they are hoping we lose.

  13. By hippster on Oct 19, 2010 | Reply

    hoping teams lose is like voting in al frankin for your senator what were you all thinking? hope and change hows that working for ya .man up you want to be the best you have to beat the best

  14. By rocksalt on Oct 19, 2010 | Reply

    I hope I win the lottery.

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