The NFC North: Should we sound the alarm?

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

I know. You can’t win them all. But this past Sunday, the NFC North laid an egg.  All 4 teams went on the road, and all 4 teams lost their games. Sometimes it’s hard to win on the road in the NFL.

But should we start to sound the alarm? And by alarm, I mean, should we start panicking that the team is heading for disaster and this season is totally shot?  Well, lets head around the division and see what we find.

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Midterm power rankings for the NFC North

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Believe it or not, we’ve reached the halfway mark of the season.  Crazy, right?

Well, like I’ve done in the past, it’s time to rank the performance of the teams of the NFC North.  Remember, I don’t take these too seriously, I just like to have fun with them.

Some teams have surprised, some….. have not.  But either way, what first started off as a possible battle for the top of the division hasn’t really come to fruition.

There’s still a good amount of season left, and who knows what could happen.

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The NFC North roundup: Week 5

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield  //@Mom23RN

Week 5 brought a bye week to one team, a couple of challenges to two others, and a nice, easy trip overseas for the last team. The Vikings and the Packers passed their tests with flying colors.  The Bears, on the other hand, stumbled.  The Lions enjoyed the early bye and took some time to get healthy.

Let’s take a closer look at each team and how they faired week 5.

Detroit Lions: They had a bye, and that couldn’t come at a better time. Though early, some of their major players were a little banged up.  Rookie tight end TJ Hockenson was in concussion protocol, quarterback Matthew Stafford has a hip/back injury that he’s been dealing with. There were also a couple of lingering hamstring issues for some of the players as well.

We’ll get to see how recovered they are from the bye as they take on the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.  This ones gonna be great!  How will Stafford handle Green Bay’s improved defense?

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Bears Preview Week 3: can Chicago silence the noise in Washington

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

With 53 seconds left on the clock, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky moves in the pocket and fires a bullet to an open wide receiver Allen Robinson, who immediately falls to the ground. Both Trubisky and Coach Matt Nagy are hitting the timeout switch leaving one second on the clock.

The young kicker Eddy Pineiro was on the sidelines waiting for that chance to be the hero, to show this Bears team that he was worthy to be trusted and that he had their back.

From 53-yards the KICK IS GOOOOOOD!

The entire Bears team, coaches and fans jumped for joy as they Bears win, on the road in the toughest stadium to play in. (Cue applause meter.)

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Bears preview week 2: It’s Fangio verses his former team

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Week one of the regular season is over. It’s time to move on to week 2.

Especially those Bears fans who have spent every single day dissecting every decision, throw and play call made or didn’t make against Green Bay. The Chicago Bears have chosen to learn from it and move on to Week 2…and so should we.

And despite several blowout games throughout the NFL, Bears fans will not let the loss to the Packers die. So now it’s on to Denver and a matchup with former Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as head coach.

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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.

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Bears offense stalls while the defense grinds

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Packers 10 – Bears 3

The Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers kicked off the 2019 NFL season at Soldier Field with the hype that was electrifying from a city celebrating 100 years in the NFL. Bears fans were excited to see the current kings of the NFC North take the field.

Experts and sportswriters were convinced that with the absence of Vic Fangio from the Bears defense, that they would regress. But that was not the case as the defense sacked quarterback Aaron Rodgers 5 times. Not one sack came from linebacker Khalil Mack but two of them exploded from LB Leonard Floyd. The defense wasn’t completely perfect, as some open space was left for Rodgers to manipulate.  As a result, he put up the only touchdown of the game.

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Packers-Bears open the NFL’s 100th season

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @Lucyrk78

The NFL is kicking off their 100th season with a Packers-Bears game. One might think that the NFL would choose to have their Super Bowl Champs, the New England Patriots, to kick-off such an anniversary. Instead, one of the league’s most storied rivalries will mark the start of what promises to be a momentous celebration.

Green Bay narrowly holds the edge in this matchup at 97-95-6. For Green Bay Packers fans, this game is counting-down-the-hours-call-off-work-Friday level excitement. For Chicago Bears fans, it’s also a celebration of their 100th season.

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NFC North: I got the POWER! Rankings that is…

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Do you want to know what I’m NOT a fan of?  Power rankings. Like at all. Seriously, has there ever been anything more useless than power rankings?  I think not.

They’re really just a ranking of who’s hot and who’s not.  Or stocks– as in who’s draft stock is up, and who’s draft stock is down. Despite all of that, guess what I’m doing this week for the NFC North.  You guessed it, power rankings. Why? Because MINE are fun, and I like to have fun. So please don’t take these too seriously at all!

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Trades, cuts, and kickers to the curb

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman //@WandaW63

On Saturday all 32 teams finalized their 53-man roster, releasing and waiving players in a surprising frenzy. The big news, of course, was the blockbuster trade of Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Texans were willing to pay roughly half of Clowney’s $15.9 million salary for 2019 despite the franchised tag they placed on him. I would call that a win for Clowney and he gets to be a part of a newly built Seahawks front defense that now consists of Clowney, linebacker K.J. Wright, DE Ziggy Ansah, defensive lineman L.J. Collier, and LB Bobby Wagner.

But the Texans didn’t stop there.  They went on to trade two first-round picks and a second-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills. The Dolphins came away with special teams Johnson Bademosi and tackle Julie’n Davenport.

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