An ugly 26-13 loss in Baltimore left a bitter taste in some Green Bay Packers fans’ mouths last Thursday night, especially on the heels of an unforeseen injury to Aaron Rodgers that kept him from making his first preseason appearance. With the Packers being cautious with Rodgers’ usage since then, many fans remain unsettled about the quarterback’s need for at least some level of playing time in preparation for the regular season.
Around the division, several backup quarterbacks have been given opportunities to shine as well. In fact, Minnesota may have a controversy on its hands over who the primary backup should be despite some interesting post-game comments from its head coach.
As that storyline continues over the next week and the Detroit Lions hope to get some veteran, yet newly-arrived, defensive linemen on the field soon, here is the NFC North recap.
Lost 30-23 at Houston; Next Friday vs. Buffalo
Detroit’s first-round selection made a highlight catch, while an All-Pro return man struggled mightily in week two of the preseason.
The $90 million man is still waiting for his first preseason game reps with Detroit while recovering from a shoulder injury, as is a former Packer on the defensive line.
A former fifth-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens, Lasley comes to Detroit after a highly-successful college career at UCLA on the field but a tumultuous career off of it.
Lost 32-13 at New York Giants; Next Saturday at Indianapolis
A former “Last Chance U” star made the list of players who stood out for the Bears in week two.
Chicago’s fourth-rounder did not fill up the box score, but still earned a high grade from Pro Football Focus for his all-around efforts.
From post-game dance parties to participation decisions, the Bears’ head coach uses “feel” to conduct the Bears’ preseason activities.
Won 25-19 vs. Seattle; Next Saturday vs. Arizona
Adam Thielen has seemingly picked up right where he left off in 2018, while Pat Elflein struggled mightily at left guard against the Seahawks.
With Sean Mannion likely to be Vikings’ backup QB, Mike Zimmer shrugs off Kyle Sloter’s gaudy preseason stats
Head Coach Mike Zimmer downplayed Sloter’s performance, highlighting the areas of the quarterback’s game that need improvement.
The second-year back has been effective in the screen game and may contend not only for a roster spot, but the primary backup role behind Dalvin Cook.