The Vikings suffered another tough setback with the 28-18 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon – their 2nd consecutive loss and 5th on the season. And every other team in the NFC North – besides the Chicago Bears (bye) – was in action on Sunday, changing the layout of the divisional standings. So let’s take a look…
The Green Bay Packers entered Sunday’s matchup against the NY Jets tied atop the division with the Bears at 4-3, but took over sole possession with a 9-0 shutout victory over the Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had a dismal performance by his standards (251.4 passing yards per game), completing 15 of 34 attempts for 170 yards and 0 TDs, but 3 FGs by K Mason Crosby was all the Packers needed to defeat the Jets. The Packers defense held the Jets scoreless and allowed the NY offense to reach the red zone only once. LB Desmond Bishop paced the Packers stingy defense with 10 tackles.
Green Bay moved to 5-3 on the season – 1 win ahead of Chicago – and will host a struggling Dallas Cowboys (1-6) team next Sunday night at Lambeau Field.
In a game that could be considered as a polar opposite to Green Bay’s victory over the Jets, the Detroit Lions welcomed back their starting QB, Matthew Stafford, to a 37-25 victory over the Washington Redskins at Ford Field on Sunday.
Stafford, who played for the first time since injuring his right shoulder in Week 1, recorded a monster comeback performance, completing 26 of 45 passes for 212 yards and 4 TDs. Calvin Johnson was Stafford’s favorite target by hauling in a career-high 3 TDs on 9 receptions for 101 yards.
The Detroit defense tallied 6 sacks – 2.0 each provided by Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Ndamukong Suh. Suh also returned a fumble recovery 17 yards for a TD with 1:45 remaining in the game that provided the knockout blow to the Redskins.
The Lions improved to 2-5 and will host the NY Jets on Sunday.
Here are the NFC North standings after Week 8:
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