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Week 7 NFC North Roundup

Posted by cjsiewert on October 27, 2010 – 6:31 am

The 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers comes as a tough setback for the Vikings who dropped their 4th game of the season – not to mention the defeat was delivered by a divisional foe, dropping the Purple 1 game further back in the NFC North standings.

Although the loss to the Packers was a setback, the Vikings got some help from a future opponent on Sunday afternoon to keep the divisional race open for contention. The Washington Redskins defeated the NFC North leading Chicago Bears 17-14 in a game worthy of the center ring at a circus.

The matchup between the Bears and Redskins was a back-and-forth battle, but not one that sent the score back-and-forth. Rather, the turnovers continued to trade from one team to the other. The Bears committed 6 turnovers (4 INTs, 2 fumbles) while the Redskins gave up 3 (2 INTs, 1 fumble).

Bears QB Jay Cutler continued his struggles behind a mediocre offensive line completing 26 of 40 passes for 281 yards, 1 TD and 4 INTs for a passer rating of 54.3.  Cutler completed 4 passes for 92 yards and a TD to DeAngelo Hall, but the only problem is that Hall is a CB for the Redskins.

The Chicago loss drops the Bears to 4-3 and now they share the NFC North lead with Green Bay. The Bears will move into their bye week and will travel to Buffalo on Nov. 7 to square off against the Bills. The Packers will travel to New York this Sunday for a matchup against the AFC East leading Jets.

The Detroit Lions stood idle at 1-5 in Week 7 with their bye and will host the Redskins at Ford Field this Sunday.

For the Vikings, the loss to the Packers gives many critics reason to believe the playoffs are slipping out of reach. But the fact of the matter is the Vikings still stand just 1 game behind the Bears and Packers in the loss column and have 4 more head-to-head matchups against NFC North opponents – 2 against the Bears and 1 with both the Lions and Packers.

In the 50-year history of the Vikings, the men in purple have started the season with a 2-4 record 7 times (prior to 2010) and have made the playoffs once during those 7 seasons. The 1999 Vikings under the direction of head coach Dennis Green reached the playoffs by winning 8 of their last 10 games after starting the season 2-4. Green’s squad made the First-Round Playoffs and defeated the Dallas Cowboys 27-10 at the Metrodome, but fell to the St. Louis Rams in the Divisional Playoffs by a score of 49-37.

An interesting side note from the 1999 Divisional Playoff loss to the Rams is Vikings WR Randy Moss hauled in an impressive 9 receptions for 188 yards and 2 TDs.


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9 Responses to “Week 7 NFC North Roundup”

  1. By TWVIKE on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Fire Childress

  2. By phil on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Sit Favre, play Tarvaris Jackson. Dont get me wrong Favre is my favourite of all time, But let him rest for a weekend and show everyone what Tarvaris Jackson can do!

  3. By Taylor S on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    yea! lets allow tavaris jackson to start for a game and prove him self…

  4. By Rick James on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    I say give Favre a go in this one. What would be wrong with getting T Jack’s feet wet for a few series tho? Let Favre put the pain aside to lead us to a victory, and then let him sit and rest against Arizona. We can beat Arizona at home with T Jack, but I like our chances against NE with Favre under center. Let the warrior lead is troops.

  5. By Justin on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    We have to beat the Bears twice and the Packers in Nov in order to gain ANY momentium in our division. If not, we’re simply forking the NFC North to the Packers.

  6. By purplehaze on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA,

    WE’RE IN A WEAK DIVISION, HOPEFULLY AS A TEAM WE CAN COME TOGETHER; FROM HERE ON, WITH GOOD, (EMPHASIS), COACHING AND SOME REF FAIRNESS, WE SHOULD HAVE, AND STILL CAN, BE ON TOP OF THE COMPETITION…

  7. By 4Vikes on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Still can’t get over the reffing in the Packers game. How can the NFL fine Chilly for his comments on the officiating when they themselves admit they got calls wrong? Especially the TD by Shiancoe, and where was the penalty against Matthews for his helmet removal? Just makes you sick when a win is what we needed, not an apology! Hoping Favre can go against the Patriots, it’s time to bring them down a few notches. Let’s get all the kinks worked out NOW so we can start making a run for the playoffs. Can’t let the Packers take the division just by being lucky. Pull together Vikes – let’s go get ‘em!

  8. By Maggie on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    What does Childress have on ZIggy? The sports media rank Childress as a uneffective coach, does Ziggy plan to move the vikings to LA after next year and that is why he is keeping him? When he moves to LA get a better coach? Why does Childress hate Brett? Maybe because Brett knows more about football than Childress.

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