A seesaw affair saw the Green Bay Packers (7-1) finish on top Sunday night, knocking off the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-24. With the win, Green Bay continues to top the NFC North standings and remains in the hunt for the conference’s top playoff seed as the season reaches the midway point.
The Packers’ main competitor may just be the Minnesota Vikings, who rolled to another victory of their own in week 8. Behind another solid rushing performance from Dalvin Cook, Minnesota maintained its pace for a divisional title of its own while Detroit also pulled closer with a win. The only divisional loss of the week came in the Windy City, as Chicago’s offense sputtered once again despite an improved game on the ground.
Several aspects of the Bears’ fall from grace make up the headlines of today’s rundown on this site and across the league.
Detroit Lions (3-3-1)
Won vs. NY Giants, 31-26; Next at Oakland
Kenny Golladay and the Lions’ receiving corps took home the top grade in Detroit’s victory.
As trade chatter picks up with calls about the availability of Darius Slay, one of the Lions’ safeties is nursing a knee injury.
A trio of high-profile running backs heads the list as the deadline nears Tuesday afternoon.
Minnesota Vikings (6-2)
Won vs. Washington, 19-9; Next at Kansas City
Dalvin Cook touched the ball 28 times, which led to another big day for the talented tailback.
The All-Pro corner has seven penalties in just eight games to start the season.
Meanwhile, a different player in the secondary has been opening eyes for the Vikings with his crucial takeaways.
Chicago Bears (3-4)
Lost vs. LA Chargers, 17-16; Next at Philadelphia
162 rushing yards was one of the few bright spots in a pivotal Chicago loss.
A curious playcall before halftime to settle for a field goal failed to dispel the notion of Nagy’s lack of trust in quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
Continuing to drop in the standings, several fans have taken to Twitter to state their opinions on how to best fix the Bears’ slide.