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NFC North Rundown: Packers are the only divisional team without head coaching drama

While Minnesota’s win eased some pressure, public scrutiny hiked in Detroit and Chicago after Week 4.

New Orleans Saints v Detroit Lions Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images

It was an exuberant evening in Green Bay last night, even without fans at Lambeau Field, as the Green Bay Packers rolled to a 30-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Despite being short-handed at wide receiver, the Green Bay offense had no trouble moving the ball, utilizing running backs and tight ends in the passing game. The win moved the Packers to 4-0 heading into an off week and helped them to stand alone at the top of the divisional standings.

Around the NFC North, it was a tale of firsts this past weekend. Chicago lost its first game of the 2020 campaign in a head-scratching offensive performance. Meanwhile, Minnesota logged its first victory of the season behind a much improved offense of its own, one that ultimately cost Houston Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien his job. The Vikings’ victory helped take the pressure off of Mike Zimmer for at least one week, but left Green Bay as the only NFC North team without any of sort of early-season coaching drama.

More on some of those storylines surrounding head coaches, including the sustained shortcomings in Detroit, can be found in today’s rundown.

Chicago Bears (3-1)

Lost 19-11 vs. Indianapolis; Next vs. Tampa Bay

Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Chicago Bears’ 19-11 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 4

Nick Foles threw the ball over 40 times? That’s one of Biggs’ questions after the weekend, along with his thoughts on locking up one of those receiving targets.

Roster Moves: Bears sign RB Miller to practice squad

After losing Tarik Cohen for the season, Chicago signed an experienced, low-risk runner to its backfield stable.

Bears HC Matt Nagy Mocked By His Former Players After Loss

A pair of former Bears had plenty of fun with gifs and sarcastic tweets in the midst of Chicago’s loss to the Colts.


Minnesota Vikings (1-3)

Won 31-23 at Houston; Next at Seattle

Vikings find their formula for success in first win of season

Three players hit the century mark in a very balanced offensive performance that paved the way for Minnesota’s first win of the season.

Danielle Hunter gets second opinion on neck injury

The star defensive player’s season continues to be in jeopardy, particularly with the latest news on his recovery.

Insider Leaks NFL’s Response to Vikings Safety Harrison Smith

Minnesota’s safety was ejected on Sunday for a helmet-to-helmet hit, but the long-term ramifications for Smith may not be as severe as initially thought.


Detroit Lions (1-3)

Lost 35-29 vs. New Orleans; Bye week next

TIM AND MIKE: Week 4 observations

Defensively, the numbers tell the story of the Lions’ season thus far. And on offense, the lack of explosive plays against the Saints made moving the ball a challenge.

ESPN analyst, ex-Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky blasts Matt Patricia’s comments: ‘It’s a bunch of trash’

The media criticism, especially from Orlovsky, just keeps coming in regards to the Detroit head coach. Patricia’s latest quotes in the post-game press conference particularly irked the former Detroit signal caller.

The Detroit Lions have preached patience with the process. No process should look like this.

A whopping 35 unanswered points on Sunday highlighted a lack of consistency on defense that is still felt by the Lions in year three under Patricia. Does the re-building process need a new builder?