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NFC North Rundown, Week 7: Trubisky’s Hail Mary comes up short in Chicago

Mitch Trubisky tried his best Aaron Rodgers impersonation with a desperation lob as time expired, but his attempt came up just a bit short.

New England Patriots v Chicago Bears Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The NFC North division almost notched a perfect week. Almost.

As the Green Bay Packers soaked in an off week during their annual bye, almost each of their competitors came out of the week with a “W.” Unfortunately for the Chicago Bears, one yard was the difference as a completed Hail Mary pass was stopped short of the goal line with no time left on the clock. It was one of several frustrating miscues and shortcomings in a close loss to a very talented New England team.

In Minnesota, the Vikings’ offense continued to roll behind Adam Thielen and backup running back Latavius Murray, while the Detroit Lions received their own lift from the running game as well as a young tight end. Most notable is how rather dominant the Lions have looked over the past two games while gaining early leads.

More on those stories around the NFC North in today’s rundown.

Detroit Lions (3-3)

Won 32-21 at Miami; Next vs. Seattle

TIM AND MIKE: Week 7 observations

Don’t look now, but the Lions haven’t trailed at any point the past two games. A lot of that has to do with keeping Matthew Stafford upright.

It’s OK to believe in the Detroit Lions again. Here’s why.

A banner day for Stafford in addition to 248 yards gained on the ground - something not achieved since Barry Sanders - provide optimism for this Lions team. It might be okay to get on board the hype train.

Detroit Lions: Can Michael Roberts be a No.1 option at tight end?

In his first action since sustaining an injury in week two, Roberts totaled 48 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, showing why he has the potential to develop into a number one receiving option at tight end.

Chicago Bears (3-3)

Lost 38-31 vs. New England; Next vs. New York Jets

Patriots vs. Bears final score, takeaways: New England exploits Chicago miscues, hangs on by one yard

Literally one yard separated the Bears from an overtime contest with the Patriots after Mitch Trubisky’s Hail Mary heave was caught by Kevin White at the one-yard line. White was stuffed just short of the goal line, capping off a day of what-could-have-beens for Chicago.

Where has the Chicago Bears’ pass rush gone?

Chicago has generated just one sack on its opponents’ last 88 pass plays. A pass rush affected by Khalil Mack’s ankle injury received no help from Leonard Floyd, who has not recorded a sack in over a year.

Chicago Bears: 3 things fans must be tired of seeing

Kickoffs, both for and against, were a nuisance against New England and are one of the three things Bears fans hope to see corrected immediately.

Minnesota Vikings (4-2-1)

Won 37-17 at New York Jets; Next vs. New Orleans

Vikings at Jets Week 7: Five Game-Changing Plays

Adam Thielen’s 34-yard touchdown reception, part of his NFL-record tying 100-yard game streak to start the season, makes the list of five standout plays from Sunday.

Vikings’ Latavius Murray wears downs Jets on two-touchdown day

A starting battle at running back may be brewing as Murray posted a second impressive game in Dalvin Cook’s absence against the Jets. Another two scores on the ground has made Murray at least a reliable replacement in Minnesota.

What’s behind issues for Kirk Cousins, NFL’s most prolific fumbler

Prior to Sunday’s game, Courtney Cronin examined some of the reasons behind Cousins’ fumble issues dating back to college. He leads the NFL with 37 fumbles since 2015.