With a thrilling 37-second drive, the Green Bay Packers defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-28 on Mason Crosby’s late field goal and moved to 2-1 on the young season. Green Bay became the first NFC North team to reach a pair of wins in exciting fashion, but it was anything but exciting for some other teams across the division.
Perhaps no team was more distraught than Detroit on Sunday after Baltimore defeated the Lions on a 66-yard field goal as the clock hit zero. Today’s recap details the unfortunate loss, complete with a missed penalty one play beforehand.
In addition, the rundown discusses a tale of two offensive performances in Chicago and Minnesota, as Matt Nagy’s seat gets hotter and Mike Zimmer’s cools off for the time being.
Chicago Bears (1-2)
Lost 26-6 at Cleveland; Next vs. Detroit
Chicago finished the ballgame with just 47 yards of total offense and one net passing yard.
An injury to Justin Fields’ throwing hand, coupled with the previous knee injury to Andy Dalton, puts the Bears’ Week 4 starting quarterback plans in disarray.
Garrett’s franchise-record 4.5 sacks helped limit Chicago’s offense to just six first downs.
Minnesota Vikings (1-2)
Won 30-17 vs. Seattle; Next vs. Cleveland
Minnesota beat the combination of Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll for the first time.
After a 128.4 passer rating from Kirk Cousins, a 112-yard rushing performance from backup Alexander Mattison, and stout blocking from the tight ends, Minnesota’s head coach didn’t shy away from praise for his offensive unit.
Conklin has stepped in nicely at tight end for the injured Irv Smith Jr. and hauled in seven passes for 70 yards in a career-best performance.
Detroit Lions (0-3)
Lost 19-17 vs. Baltimore; Next at Chicago
Could Detroit have any worse luck than losing a late lead to an NFL-record field goal conversion?
Prior to the game-winning field goal, Baltimore should have been whistled for a penalty that probably would have prevented the kick from ever happening.
It seems like it will only be a matter of time until Detroit moves on from the veteran linebacker, who was benched and put on the trading block this past week.