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.

The Vikings:  Honestly, no need to panic just yet. They were able to weather the storm earlier in the season with quarterback Kirk Cousin’s issues. Running back Dalvin Cook is doing well, though the Chiefs were able to slow him down. But honestly, there’s no need to panic just yet. They lost their game against the Chiefs on a last-second field goal, and have been better than average.

In their next 3 games, they see the Cowboys, the Broncos and the Seahawks, with the Cowboys and Seahawks on the road. I think after those games, if they go 0-3 or 1-2, then maybe we can sound the alarm.

The Lions:  Ok, maybe just a little. You know how when you’re boiling water in a teapot, and it just starts to whistle, but not that full-blown whistle?  I think that’s where we are right now.

The Lions started to show some promise at the beginning of the season, beating the Chargers and the Eagles. But then they went on a skid and lost 3 of their last 4.  Now to be fair,  in the Chiefs and Packers game, they looked great. Like they just hadn’t taken that next step. But after the defense really getting exposed on Sunday in Oakland, things are starting to get a little sticky.

The good news is QB Matthew Stafford is doing a great job, and receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr. are bringing it. A team looking for its defensive identity will have to find it fast, or else that teapot will be in full whistle mode.

The Bears:  It’s time to sound the alarm! So, you know when you set your phone’s alarm like 6 times in the morning so you know it’s time to wake up?  That’s where the Bears are. They’re at their 3rd alarm.

They’ve had a lot of offensive woes, and defensively, it just hasn’t been as billed in the offseason. Could this team really get it together the 2nd half of the season, or should we call it now?  I’m willing to give it 3 more games, then it’s really time to call it, even though some are ready to throw in the towel now. They’ve got the Lions, the Rams, and the Giants coming up.  If they can get 2 wins in that stretch, they can hit the snooze button.  Maybe.

The Packers:   Well…OK.  No, it’s not time to panic.  BUT…but…they could lay an egg coming up soon. (No Packer fans, I’m not wishing this on you guys at all.) They’ve got the Panthers and they head back out to California to play the 49ers.  While I’m not saying that the Packers are on cruise control, anything could happen especially in the NFL. They just have to stay focused, and they can keep their place atop the division.

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