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?

Green Bay Packers:  Since I’ve already mentioned them, we’ll chat about them next. The Packers went down to Dallas and really stymied QB Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense. Most were concerned about how QB Aaron Rodgers and new head coach Matt LeFleur would get along, and as of now, they’re doing well.

Running back Aaron Jones had himself a day as well…19 carries or 107 yards and 4 touchdowns. And let’s not forget about their defense either. Linebackers Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith are playing lights out, along with their secondary.  The Lions offense will give them all they can handle.  Just in case I haven’t said it already, Monday night’s game is going to be fire.

Minnesota Vikings:  Another team that had a test this week. They took on the New York Giants in New Jersey. There had been plenty of concerns raised from the team about QB Kirk Cousins’s ability to actually look like a QB and get the passing offense going. Thankfully, he was able to do what he needed to do to quiet people for now. He threw for 306 yards and 2 touchdowns and was 22 for 27.  And RB Dalvin Cook looked like the Dalvin Cook we are very used to.

This game was what the doctor ordered for the Vikings. However, they’ll have a tougher task in Week 6 as they welcome the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have only allowed 63 yards rushing per game. So, Cook could be slowed some. But again, another great game lining up.

Chicago Bears:  It was supposed to be a pretty easy game for the Bears, but unfortunately for Chicago, no one let the Raiders know that. The Bears fell in what ended up being a pretty close game across the pond, even though at one point they trailed 17-0.

Their offense just hasn’t been able to get going and without QB Mitchell Trubisky, it really has floundered. Their offensive line is also in need of some work. Thankfully, the Bears will get to have a bye this week, and give them a chance to regroup and refocus for the rest of the season.  If they’re able to get Trubisky back, and their defense can bounce back, there’s no reason to think that they can’t get back in this thing.

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