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NFC North Rundown, Week 8: Packers still in the hunt as trade deadline arrives

Losses by Minnesota and Detroit on Sunday helped keep the Packers alive and well in the NFC North title chase.

Seattle Seahawks v Detroit Lions Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

If there was a silver lining in the Green Bay Packers’ 29-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, it was that they received help from NFC counterparts in keeping the North division wide open.

Although the Packers dropped to 3-3-1, they remain very much in the thick of the divisional battle after home losses by both Minnesota and Detroit. Turnovers led to the demise from both teams, while Kirk Cousins caught some flack after the latest loss. Meanwhile, Chicago jumped back to the top of the leaderboard after a win against the Jets despite a couple of concerning injuries.

With the trade deadline looming this afternoon, here is a look at the news across the division, including a look back at former deals.

Minnesota Vikings (4-3-1)

Lost 30-20 vs. New Orleans

NOTEBOOK: Zimmer ‘Encouraged’ After Vikings Post 3-1 Record in October

With a record that many Minnesota fans would deem disappointing, Head Coach Mike Zimmer believes the opposite, saying that the team’s play over the past four weeks is encouraging.

Kirk Cousins is absolutely not the problem in Minnesota

Despite being labeled a “flop” by Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, Cousins may be receiving some unwarranted blame for the team’s recent struggles.

3 best trades ever made by the Minnesota Vikings

A notable pass rusher headlines the most shrewd moves made by the Vikings franchise in the organization’s trade history.


Chicago Bears (4-3)

Won 24-10 vs. New York Jets

Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears’ 24-10 win over the Jets

Khalil Mack’s lingering injury, a beautiful screen pass, and just 207 yards of total offense allowed highlighted the Bears’ victory weekend.

One year later: Bears’ Zach Miller nears recovery milestone

Chicago’s tight end has still been contributing to the team behind the scenes as he works to eventually continue his professional career after a gruesome leg injury.

Chicago Bears OL depth will be tested without Long

The Bears’ grooming of both James Daniels and Eric Kush at left guard early in the season will pay dividends as right guard Kyle Long misses extended time with a foot injury.


Detroit Lions (3-4)

Lost 28-14 vs. Seattle

Loss to Seattle shows how far Detroit Lions must go to contend

Turnovers on both offense and special teams, in addition to allowing a perfect passer rating for Russell Wilson, doomed Detroit on Sunday.

Four Downs: The statistical impact of ‘Snacks’ for Lions

As backed by the rushing stats on Sunday, the Lions instantly gained a presence against the run with the trade for Damon Harrison at defensive tackle.

Detroit Lions’ Golden Tate: I’m not going anywhere at NFL trade deadline

The 30-year old receiver’s name has been circulating in rumors, but Tate insists he believes he will remain a Lion this season.