The NFC North’s three-week dominance over non-divisional opponents came to an end in week four as both the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers fell at home. At 3-1, the Packers remain tied atop the division standings, but face questions about both running the football and defending the opposing rushing attack after a sub-par showing in those areas in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
While Aaron Rodgers’ performance against the Eagles was his strongest of the season to date, the rest of the NFC North’s quarterback situations were shaky this past weekend. Both Matthew Stafford and Mitchell Trubisky suffered injuries on Sunday, with Trubisky’s injury particularly becoming a concern for its potential longevity. Meanwhile, Kirk Cousins struggled mightily in a loss to Chicago and left a star receiver seeking more in the passing game.
Here is the latest news on the quarterbacks and more in today’s rundown.
Detroit Lions (2-1-1)
Lost 34-30 vs. Kansas City; Bye next
Detroit went toe to toe with the high-powered Chiefs — all the way down to a Hail Mary attempt. Close but no cigar for the Lions who gained some respect for their fight.
Here is a perspective on the bye week and why it may not be the best timing for an injured Stafford and the Lions.
While it was not the most significant play of the ballgame for the events that unfolded after it, the controversial no-call remains a point of scrutiny for coaches around the league adjusting to the new replay rules.
Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
Lost 16-6 at Chicago; Next at New York Giants
Offense, special teams, and penalties all contributed to a difficult game to watch for Vikings fans on Sunday.
The Bears had their way with the Vikings’ offensive line and one backup guard struggled the most.
Chicago Bears (3-1)
Won 16-6 vs. Minnesota; Next at Oakland
It does not appear that Trubisky’s injury is season-ending, but he will miss next week’s game in Oakland.
De-activated an hour before kickoff, Smith was seen on the sideline during the game and his situation was not elaborated on by members of the Bears organization.
Chase Daniel’s experience in the league should benefit the team during Trubisky’s absence, and he helped the Bears immediately on Sunday.