With the victory, the Packers moved to 10-3 on the season and came away with their second-straight NFC North crown while moving to the top of the conference standings. But for their rivals, it was a weekend of mixed results. While Chicago edged its way back into the playoff conversation with a resounding win, Minnesota suffered a devastating loss due in large part to special teams struggles. With 6-7 records, each team has little room for comfort heading into the final three games.
Today’s rundown walks through polarizing days for Mitchell Trubisky and Dan Bailey for their respective teams, while checking in on the managerial search in Detroit.
Minnesota Vikings (6-7)
Lost 24-16 at Tampa Bay; Next vs. Chicago
Field goal attempts were major dilemmas on Sundays, but so was a costly pass interference penalty before halftime and an offensive line that allowed six sacks.
One needs to go back to 1961 for the last time a kicker missed three field goals and an extra point in a single game.
A more “run-heavy offense” on the heels of Dalvin Cook’s extension led Diggs to seek an opportunity more favorable to developing his career as a receiver.
Chicago Bears (6-7)
Won 36-7 vs. Houston; Next at Minnesota
The Bears scored a touchdown on their first offensive play via David Montgomery and never looked back en route to a rout.
Just a few of the takes revolve around the Bears being one game out of the wildcard, moving outside the top-10 draft pecking order, and Mitchell Trubisky’ ability to maintain morale after his benching.
Speaking of Trubisky, the highly-criticized quarterback threw for an efficient 267 yards and a trifecta of touchdowns in one of his better performances to date.
Detroit Lions (5-8)
Lost 31-24 vs. Green Bay; Next at Tennessee
Whether or not the call on the field would have played a role in the game’s outcome is unknown, but video review in this article showed that Jones’s fourth-quarter snag might actually have been a catch.
Reports suggest Stafford’s x-rays on his ribs came back negative for a major injury after suffering a fourth-quarter hit against the Packers.
Former Houston Texans General Manager Rick Smith is one of the early external names rumored to be getting an interview in Detroit as the search for new leadership continues.