All around the NFC North

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Today I take a look at the NFC North. The Matt Division.  (Three of the four head coaches are named Matt. The Vikings head coach is Mike, so we could just call it the M division. But I digress)

The good old Black and Blue Division.  Because honestly, these teams usually beat each other up.

And this year is looking like it could be more of the same.  Let’s go ahead and take a peek at the week that was, and what will be coming up for the division.

  • Minnesota Vikings  Coming off of a win against the New Orleans Saints last week, the Vikings are looking to keep up the momentum.  Last week quarterback Kirk Cousins was a perfect 4/4 for 65 yards in his one drive that resulted in a touchdown. One of the bigger questions for this week’s game against the Seahawks will be if running back Dalvin Cook will get a few touches since he’s really been injured the past couple of seasons.

 

  • Green Bay Packers Honestly this team has been lost the past couple of seasons. It appears that things have been looking good with the first-team offense this week in camp. And as some have said, they may even start the entire first quarter this week against the Baltimore Ravens. Another bright spot in Green Bay’s offense has been undrafted rookie wide receiver Darrius Shepherd. Rival team or not, I like stories about undrafted guys who hustle hard and get their chance.

  • Detroit Lions  After a dismal (and I’m being nice) performance against the New England Patriots, the Lions are looking to get a win against the Texans this week. One thing that was learned for sure is that if QB Matthew Stafford goes down, it’s not going to be pretty for this team. But the team is in Texas for joint practices ahead of their Saturday night game. And apparently, it’s hot with heat indexes reaching into the low 100’s.  Thankfully, the team was in good enough shape that they were able to make it through practice without any heat-related incidents.

  • Chicago Bears  The Bears are also looking to bounce back from a week one preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers. But while they’re looking to improve, the competition is heating up between the kickers, Elliott Fry, and Eddy Pineiro. We all know why the kicking competition is so important after the bad taste left in Bears fan’s mouth from kicker Cody Parkey. But hopefully, if the offense really clicks this year, they won’t have to rely on a kicker in games too much!

 

That’s the news going into the week two preseason games.  Hoping that they all go well, and the injuries are kept to a minimum!

 

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