Grading the NFC North, Week 1

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Alright, alright alright! (In my Matthew McConaughey voice)

Week 1 has come to a close and it’s time to hand out grades for the team’s performances!  I’m a pretty easy grader, and I do grade on a curve.  Mostly because a curve helped me out of some classes (Looking at you AP Chem.), so it’s only fair.

After coaching changes, key free agent signings, and some great defenses, it was time to get the show on the road. The oldest rival in the NFL came from the NFC North and it was only right that they kicked off the NFL’s 100th season.

Chicago Bears:  C.  Last years defense was back in full force. Linebacker Roquan Smith was letting his presence be known early on in the game. But in the end, the offense just stalled. In fact, the only offense that the Bears could muster was a 38-yard field goal from recently signed kicker Eddy Pineiro. Irony. Despite the struggles on offense, the defense was really the bright spot.

Green Bay Packers:  C+.  These guys looked really rusty at the beginning of the game. It was understandable, especially after not having the starters play during the preseason. The Bears defense was going to town on quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  But, the offense was able to get going, and Rodgers was able to throw the only touchdown pass of the game. The rest of the game went to the defense. 5 sacks, and an INT. Wow!

Detroit Lions:  C-.  Despite my want to give them a failing grade, I’ll stick with a C-. The game was in the bag for the Lions, but a timeout called by offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell at an inopportune time allowed the Cardinals to get back into the game, and then lead to overtime. Unfortunately, the game ended in a tie, but, there was at least one bright spot. This time, a Lions player set a record.  Rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson set a record for receiving yards by a tight end. Bright spot indeed.

Minnesota Vikings:  A. They were clicking on all cylinders on Sunday. Looked up and the score was quickly 21-0 in favor of the Vikings. Special teams had a blocked kick, running back Dalvin Cook had 111 yards on 21 carries, and the defense got 3 turnovers and held the Falcons to 73 yards rushing.  Oh, and quarterback Kirk Cousins was 8/10.  How about that!  A complete effort and they get an A. We will see how they hold up next week as they travel to Lambeau and take on the Packers.

 

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