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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Week 7 NFC North standouts

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

It was 2 up and 2 down in the NFC North this past week.

The Packers cruised to their 6th victory, and the Vikings had to work a little bit, but in the end, they came away with a decent victory over the Lions.

The Lions and the Bears, on the other hand, lost.  The Bears lost to a “down” Saints team, and the Lions just left everyone scratching their heads.

Despite wins and losses on Sunday, there were some players on each team that had a great day.  Let’s head around the division and see who they were.

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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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Handing out first quarter grades for the NFC North

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

This reminds me of middle school and high school when I’d play defense and intercept my report card so I had an idea of what I was in for.  Now, to be honest, I didn’t have to do it too much, but still, I did it.

I can’t believe we’re done with the first quarter of games. It went too fast, but it’s been fun. I’ll be giving a grade for overall performance.  And like I’ve done in the past, curves have helped me, so I’m going to curve theirs as well.

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NFC North: the roundup

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

It was a good week 3 for the NFC North.  Everybody won, and you can’t get too much better than that.

Though to be fair, I’m sure fans of each team wanted the others in the division to lose, but that didn’t happen.

They all got the win and just about solidifying that the division is going to live up to its nickname of the Black and Blue division this year.  Which is always fun.

Let’s head around and check in on the teams!

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NFC North round up: Week 3

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

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.

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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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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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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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