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NFC North Rundown: Quarterback injuries are a major concern after Week 4

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Injuries to Mitchell Trubisky and Matthew Stafford leave uncertainty in Chicago and Detroit, respectively.

Minnesota at Chicago John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

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

Wojo: Lions gain credibility in crushing defeat to Chiefs

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.

Why Detroit Lions’ bye week might not be helpful for Matthew Stafford

Here is a perspective on the bye week and why it may not be the best timing for an injured Stafford and the Lions.

Matt Patricia explains why he didn’t challenge for PI on Kerryon Johnson play

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

This was a putrid Soldier Field loss, even by Vikings standards

Offense, special teams, and penalties all contributed to a difficult game to watch for Vikings fans on Sunday.

Adam Thielen on offense: You have to be able to throw

Chicago shut down the Vikings’ potent rushing attack and frustration is settling in on Minnesota’s inability to consistently throw the football.

Mike Zimmer on Vikings’ offensive line struggles: ‘A different guy every time’

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

Report: Mitchell Trubisky Suffered Dislocated Shoulder, Slight Labrum Tear vs. Vikings

It does not appear that Trubisky’s injury is season-ending, but he will miss next week’s game in Oakland.

Bears tight-lipped about mysterious deactivation of star linebacker Roquan Smith

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.

Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Chicago Bears’ 16-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4

Chase Daniel’s experience in the league should benefit the team during Trubisky’s absence, and he helped the Bears immediately on Sunday.