The NFC North round up, preseason week 2

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

How’s the preseason going for the good ol’ Black and Blue division?  Not too shabby actually. As we reach the halfway point to preseason games, let’s see how the teams are looking.

The Lions started to show some signs of life, the Bears kicker competition is getting real, the Vikings head coach mixed up his tobacco and his sunflower seeds, and the Packers sort of have some of the same questions as the Lions do.  I’ll get into that more in a few!

Detroit Lions

After having a very lackluster first game, and a slow start to the game against the Texans, the Lions showed some life.  Even rookie tight end TJ Hockenson got to see the field and took complete advantage of it. Quarterback David Fales even started to look like a solid backup. Despite all of that, they still lost to the Texans but had a decent showing.

There have been questions about if QB Matthew Stafford is going to make an appearance in game 3. My question is, with a new offensive coordinator, doesn’t Stafford need time to get adjusted to the offense? We shall see what’s in store for the Lions as they take on the Bills on Friday!

#Lions TE TJ Hockenson picks up 22-yards on his first catch in a Detroit uniform.

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears lost last week to the Giants, and are 0-2 so far this preseason.  However, no panic is on my face, because…preseason. The big news this week (outside of QB Mitch Trubisky’s birthday) was that the kicking competition came to an end, for now.  Kicker Eddy Pineiro will be the kicker for now, as they released kicker Elliott Fry on Sunday. This came after at one point having 8 kickers competing.  What sealed the deal for Pinero?  Fry, unfortunately, missed a kick in the game against the Giants, and his fate was sealed.  However, despite all of the kicker drama, look for the Bears to try to rebound against the Colts.

 

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are coming off of a win against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday and they looked pretty good doing it.  One thing I learned is that the O-line hasn’t given up a sack so far during the preseason. That can only mean good things for QB Kirk Cousins.

Another bit of good news for the Vikings is that defensive tackle Linval Joseph was back at practice for the first time in 2019, after rehabbing after a leg injury, shoulder surgery and a few other procedures that were done this offseason.  He injured his leg back in week 5, and he was able to play through it last year, but it was tough to do. The team is glad to get him back!

Green Bay Packers

Last but not least (I’ll start with the Pack first next week, I promise!) are the Green Bay Packers.  Tuesday was their last public camp, and QB Aaron Rodgers was having some fun at practice today.

Pretty impressive, if you ask me.  Rodgers sat out during the last game against the Ravens, in which the Packers lost. That brought up some concerns, sort of like Lions fans have regarding Stafford.  How is Rodgers going to get comfortable in the offense if he’s not playing in games?

And while I understand people’s concerns, I do also realize that they do have practice, they’re getting reps in. I’m also quite sure they’ve been working on things behind the scenes as well. Rodgers has had injury issues, and that’s something that I’m sure they don’t want to risk in the preseason.  It will be interesting to see if he gets some time in during their game on Thursday against the Raiders.

 

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