Another week, another less-than-pretty win for the Green Bay Packers as they held off the Washington Redskins, 20-15, at home last Sunday. Although they are 10-3, just how good are the Packers as they begin their final three games? Maybe the better question is just how good is Aaron Rodgers and APC’s Peter Bukowski detailed the good and bad from his latest performance earlier this week.
Around the NFC North, another quarterback is still looking to find his groove in Mitchell Trubisky. Fortunately for Chicago, the Bears’ signal caller was able to impact the game in a big way as a rusher. The ground presence of Trubisky has been an element missing from the Bears’ offense this season, but figures to be more utilized down the stretch as Chicago continues to claw its way back into the playoff hunt.
Some details on their postseason chances, as well as a glance at the Minnesota Vikings’ playoff scenarios and halftime hot air balloon disaster of 50 years ago in today’s rundown.
Detroit Lions (3-9-1)
Lost 20-7 at Minnesota; Next vs. Tampa Bay
In a season trending in the wrong direction, the Lions did have a few bright spots against the Vikings, including some from a high-priced free agent acquisition.
The former Lion claims Detroit made the decision to rebuild and should give Patricia a full opportunity to right the ship as a result.
Already without Matthew Stafford, the Lions lost another offensive cog on Sunday - this one for the season.
Minnesota Vikings (9-4)
Won 20-7 vs. Detroit; Next at Los Angeles Chargers
It wasn’t pretty, but the Vikings rode a 17-0 halftime lead to the finish line to keep pace in the NFC North.
Here is an in-depth look at each record scenario for how Minnesota could finish out the season and the playoff implications of each.
Outside the realm of on-field action, here is a look back at one of the biggest halftime disasters the sport has had.
Chicago Bears (7-6)
Won 31-24 vs. Dallas; Next at Green Bay
Even with the victory, the Bears find themselves at a 5% chance or less of making the postseason.
Chicago’s quarterback entered the game against Dallas with only 80 rushing yards and nearly matched that total in just one game after Head Coach Matt Nagy let him loose.
Just in time for Green Bay, one of Chicago’s best defenders is expected to return to the interior of the defensive line.