By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN
Week 3 is just about here. Let’s take a tour around the NFC North and see what’s been going around the division going into play on Sunday.
Let’s start with the Chicago Bears. What in the name of wild finishes was that? While I understand Broncos fans frustrations, a win is a win. And the biggest news out of that win? Kicker Eddy Pineiro. He was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Which is great news for the Bears faithful, especially after last years disappointing playoff loss. The Bears have found their guy! The Bears are heading to Washington to take on the Redskins on Monday Night Football. Hopefully, they can put all phases of their game together to get the win.
— Eddy Piñeiro (@EddyPineiro) September 17, 2019
Moving on to the Minnesota Vikings. After losing to the Green Bay Packers, the Vikings are going to regroup and get ready for the Oakland Raiders. Thankfully running back Dalvin Cook is having a great season so far, it’s helping bolster the offense.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins is having quite the lackluster year, and he admitted it earlier in the week. Again, it’s early, but he really does have to get it together. He hasn’t consistently shown that he can do what it takes to win. He’ll get another shot against the Raiders this week.
Kirk Cousins: “I’m not going to be playing quarterback here much longer if I play like I did on Sunday.”
— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) September 18, 2019
The Green Bay Packers are starting showing signs that they may be the Packers of “old”. And if that’s the case, watch out. Their offense is becoming productive, and their defense is starting to show signs of life. And if QB Aaron Rodgers can stay healthy, they may be the team to beat in this division. They lead the lead in QB pressures after week 2, and they already have generated 5 turnovers this season, after only generated 15 turnovers last season. I know Lucy is excited. They look to keep pace as they welcome in the Broncos in week 3.
The Packers defense in 2018 generated a total of 15 turnovers, 3rd fewest in the NFL
Through the first two games of 2019, the Green Bay defense has created 5 turnovers, tied for 1st in the NFL
What a difference a year makes. pic.twitter.com/4UQeBI2Zts
— IKE Packers (@IKE_Packers) September 18, 2019
Which leads us to the Lions. After a disappointing week 1 performance, they were able to get a win against the Chargers at home. The Lions will go to Philadelphia this weekend and will face a banged-up Eagles team. So banged up in fact, they canceled their Wednesday practice. But that doesn’t mean anything.
The Lions defense will still have to apply pressure to make that Eagles offense that has looked unstoppable at times, stagnant. This won’t be an easy challenge. The Lions also are getting back left tackle Taylor Decker. He was dinged with 4 false start penalties in Week 1. The Lions will have to play a complete game to get the win against the Eagles.
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