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NFC North Rundown: Division remains undefeated against non-NFC North foes

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A full-team effort, including improved offensive line play, helped Detroit specifically keep pace with Green Bay atop the division.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

A 27-16 victory over Denver left the Green Bay Packers on top in the NFC North standings on Sunday. But after three games, the Packers are far from comfortable in that position.

The division boasts a 7-0-1 record against non-NFC North opponents through three weeks, and the two losses have come against the Packers themselves. Green Bay stays home on short rest this week to take on an NFC East foe in Philadelphia, who was taken down last week by a well-rounded Detroit squad that is feeling confident in the early going.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings cruised to victory behind its continued presence on the ground against Oakland. The Chicago Bears will face the tough task of facing that rushing attack this week in another divisional clash. Here are the headlines of the week for what is shaping up to be a competitive divisional race in 2019.

Detroit Lions (2-0-1)

Won 27-24 at Philadelphia; Next vs. Kansas City

Detroit Lions survive wild game vs. Eagles, off to best start since 2011

Do the Lions have some swagger back? Behind special teams and a final defensive stand to beat the Eagles, some players think so.

Detroit Lions film review: Don’t worry about Kerryon Johnson despite a slow start

In 60% of the team’s offensive snaps last week, Johnson was rushing into a defense with eight men or more in the box. That stat is a large reason for his decline in his rushing yard average this year so far.

No sacks again? Detroit Lions’ offensive line entering historic territory

For the first time since 2011, Detroit has not allowed a sack in consecutive games!


Chicago Bears (2-1)

Won 31-15 at Washington; Next vs. Minnesota

5 things we learned in Chicago Bears week 3 win

They are who we thought they were...or are they? That is the question regarding two young skill position players in Chicago.

Bears’ social justice committee makes statement about 1936 throwback jerseys

Chicago will be donning throwback jerseys this weekend with some controversy surrounding them. This is what the Bears’ social justice committee has to say.

Bears injury report: Akiem Hicks misses Wednesday’s practice

Chicago might be without one of its strongest defenders in the front seven when it takes on the league’s leading rusher this Sunday.


Minnesota Vikings (2-1)

Won 34-14 vs. Oakland; Next at Chicago

Vikings Run Over Raiders: Game Notes

More on that league-leading rusher’s performance last Sunday, as well as the re-appearance of a favorite play design from Gary Kubiak in the game notes.

Vikings Fans Booed The Raiders Kicker All Day: Here’s Why

It’s not all that uncommon for fans to boo their own kicker, but another team’s kicker? Let’s just say there are some bad memories involved.

Vikings Rumors: Laquon Treadwell Signing Contract After Chad Beebe’s Injury

With the injury to Chad Beebe, a former first-round pick found his way back on to the Minnesota roster.