The Vikings made a step in the right direction with their 27-24 OT victory over the Arizona Cardinals, but the rest of the NFC North was in action on Sunday so let’s take a look at how each team stands after Week 9.
Bears: The Chicago Bears stepped out of their bye week with a 22-19 victory over the winless Buffalo Bills in Toronto, Canada on Sunday. The Bills led 19-14 at the 10:27 mark in the 4th quarter but QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 2nd INT (picked off by Tim Jennings) led to a Chicago TD midway through the quarter, ultimately providing the game-winning score.
Bears QB Jay Cutler led the Chicago offense, completing 17 of 30 passes for 188 yards and 2 TDs. Chester Taylor provided the Bears lone rushing TD on a 1-yard plunge in the 3rd quarter.
With the win, the Bears erased a 2-game skid and improved to 5-3. Lovie Smith’s squad will welcome the Vikings next Sunday at Soldier Field for an ever-so important divisional matchup.
Lions: The Vikings weren’t the only team that needed OT play to decide its fate, but the Detroit Lions ended up on the other end of that scenario with a 23-20 OT loss to the NY Jets at Ford Field.
The Lions led 20-10 early in the 4th quarter, but couldn’t put a halt to the Jets 56- and 60-yard scoring drives late in the game to force OT action. The 56-yard scoring drive ended with a 1-yard TD dive by QB Mark Sanchez while the 60-yard drive resulted in a 36-yard FG to knot the score at 20.
The Jets received the OT kickoff and got into favorable field position for a 30-yard game-winning FG, dropping the Lions to 2-6 on the season.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 20 of 36 passes for 240 yards and 2 TDs before re-injuring his right shoulder and leaving with 5:19 remaining in the game.
The Lions will travel to Buffalo to take on the winless Bills next Sunday.
Packers: The NFC North leading Green Bay Packers took advantage of a struggling Dallas Cowboys team on Sunday night to the tune of a 45-7 blowout victory at Lambeau Field.
The Packers dominated in all facets of the game – QB Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 34 passes for 289 yards and 3 TDs, WR James Jones led all receivers with 8 receptions for 123 yards and a TD and the Packers defense registered 4 sacks on Cowboys QB Jon Kitna.
Green Bay improves to 6-3 and retains the divisional lead. Following their bye week, the Packers will cross the border to take on the Vikings at Mall of America Field for a Week 11 NFC North showdown that will likely pose playoff implications.
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