The NFC North Round-Up: Wild Games Throughout the Division
It was a wild week throughout the NFC North as every game involving these four teams were decided by three or fewer points. In this week’s NFC North Round-Up, we take a quick look at all the action around the division from Week 10.
Run, Justin, Run
Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears took on the Detroit Lions on Sunday, and per usual, Fields was forced to run for his life. However, this version of Fields seems to have figured out that he doesn’t have to throw the ball every time he’s flushed out of the pocket as he rushed for 147 yards. Over the past two weeks, he’s now piled up 325 yards on the ground.
However, the defense remains a problem now that they’ve gotten rid of both Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith. The Lions managed to put 31 points on the board, including an ugly pick-six thrown by Fields. Amon-Ra St. Brown caught 10 passes for 119 yards on the day as well.
In the end, it was the Lions who came out on top, 31-30. Detroit is now on a winning streak for the first time since they won back-to-back games in Weeks 5 and 6.
The Pack are Back
The Packers went into Sunday on a five-game losing streak with an anemic offense that couldn’t get into double digits against the Detroit Lions. That was not the case this weekend against the Cowboys. Green Bay went down by 14 points, but they scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and overtime to snatch a 31-28 victory.
One of the big takeaways from this game has to be that Christian Watson played the best game of his young NFL career. He caught three touchdowns on the day, including two in the fourth quarter. Green Bay needs to find answers on the offensive side of the ball, and the rookie receiver may be the solution. The only question remains, is this too little, too late for the Packers?
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Vikings Win Game of the Year
The Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings participated in the game of the year on Sunday. In a wild turn of events, the Vikings ended up coming out on top, 33-30. After struggling through the second and third quarters, the Vikings offense came alive down the stretch. Kirk Cousins made clutch throw after clutch throw, and Justin Jefferson made one of the best catches in recent memory.
Not only that, but Minnesota’s defense once again stepped up in key spots. Patrick Peterson intercepted a pair of passes, including the game-sealing pick in overtime. Minnesota continues to be one of the best teams in the league, and they get a signature victory to prove they belong.
Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. He also earned minors in History, Human Biology, and Journalism. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys marathon training, playing video games, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. For more of his opinions, check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.