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NFC North Rundown: Detroit’s game-changing defensive penalties have been the talk of the NFL

Calls and no-calls throughout the game, especially against Trey Flowers, were crucial to the outcome between Detroit and Green Bay Monday night.

Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

With another home win over a divisional opponent to begin the season, the Green Bay Packers moved to 5-1 and maintained their first place position in the NFC North standings. Despite trailing all game, the Packers took their most important lead in the final seconds to hand Detroit a demoralizing loss.

How the game got to that point was dramatic in itself.

Today’s rundown will feature plenty of reaction to the Lions’ controversial flags and poor luck before looking ahead to Detroit’s next matchup with Minnesota and Chicago’s first game after the bye.

Detroit Lions (2-2-1)

Lost 23-22 at Green Bay; Next vs. Minnesota

Wojo: Yes, Lions got shafted, now do something about it

How will Detroit respond to a loss in which referee blunders helped decide the outcome? Time to focus on execution, according to Head Coach Matt Patricia.

NFL official offers explanation on controversial Lions penalties, Trey Flowers is not buying it

The two most controversial calls of the ball game came against Trey Flowers, including one that helped seal a Green Bay victory. The defensive end was not too happy about it.

Mitch Albom: Detroit Lions aren’t cursed. This is more painful than that

“Lions luck” sums up one writer’s view on how the game’s final quarter unfolded.

Chicago Bears (3-2)

Bye Week; Next vs. New Orleans

Bears HC Matt Nagy ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Mitchell Trubisky Starts vs. Saints

Chicago just might get its starting quarterback back in the fold without too much missed time.

Inside the Bears’ offensive struggles, starting with Matt Nagy

Lack of creativity on offense, along with a struggling running game, have contributed to the Bears’ slow offensive start, even with a healthy Mitchell Trubisky.

5 things we heard from Bears defensive coaches, including Khalil Mack’s ‘little issue’ and Danny Trevathan’s continued impact

It might be a good idea to double-team Khalil Mack, even if he is dealing with a hip injury.

Minnesota Vikings (4-2)

Won 38-20 vs. Philadelphia; Next at Detroit

Vikings vs. Eagles: Five Game-Changing Plays

Two long touchdown passes to Stefan Diggs paved the way for a runaway Vikings victory over the Eagles.

So, the Vikings have like no cap space

Minnesota has the least amount of cap space left for this season of any NFL team.

Minnesota Vikings: 3 Players that must shine vs. Lions in Week 7

Ahead of another divisional matchup, the Vikings’ skill position players lead the way for impact players to watch next weekend.