Skip to main content

NFC North: QB injuries, and all knotted up at the top

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Let's dispense with this right away: Your 1-7 Minnesota Vikings of 2013 are no longer in the hunt for the NFC North division title.

Aside from that breaking news, the Lions, Packers and Bears are, oh my, all knotted up at the top of the division at 5-3, with Chicago pulling off a huge upset at Green Bay on Monday night.

Da Bears landed at Lambeau with starting quarterback Jay Cutler not dressed for the game, but taking his sideline clipboard duties very seriously. He's still out with a groin injury, which one Chicago sportswriter has called "a blessing." Boy, talk about below the belt.

Add to that a four-game winning streak for the Pack, a six-game streak over the Bears, the old home-field advantage, and Green Bay was a 10-point favorite to win the game.

Anyway, Josh McCown filled in admirably, but the bigger blow came when GB QB Aaron Rodgers left the game after the first series due to a shoulder injury, and journeyman back-up Seneca Wallace had to guide the Pack. Mostly, they handed the ball to Eddie Lacy to the tune of 150 yards, all sorts of MNF craziness ensued, and Chicago prevailed 27-20.

What does this mean? It means it's a hot mess atop the NFC North. Detroit had a bye week after clipping the Cowboys by one point the week before.

So all three are 5-3, and get this: All are 2-1 within the division.

More intrigue: Detroit travels to Chicago Sunday. The Packers host the Eagles, who are 4-5 but still in the hunt in the somewhat pathetic NFC East.

In short, it's anyone's division.

Anyone, that is, except the Vikings, who host 3-5 Washington Thursday, a game that will likely have no affect on the NCF North standings.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 5.46.37 PM

Video shows officers ended pursuit before fatal crash in Anoka

The crash occurred when the driver fled police during an attempted traffic stop in Coon Rapids.

Eli Hart

6-year-old Eli Hart identified as boy found dead in car trunk

The kindergartner's father was trying to get full custody of his son.

IMG_3509

Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner

"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.

Minneapolis police

Man found yelling for help after being shot in Minneapolis

The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Elwood Avenue North at around 9:15 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 9.56.21 AM

Minneapolis North principal says she was fired, district says otherwise

“MPS requires schools to follow protocols in times like that and I did not,” Friestleben said.

Kris Richard Severin

Inmate who escaped Minnesota prison is captured

The inmate escaped Wednesday morning.

Brave New Comedy Workshop in downtown Minneapolis.

Brave New Workshop cancels shows due to COVID-19 cases

The shows were scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre.

Austin Retterath

Body of missing U of M student found in Mississippi River

Austin Retterath was last seen alive in the morning hours of May 8.

"Love" mural seen in St. Paul.

Summer mural events to bring together community, shine light on MN artists

The 2022 Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival will take place this weekend in St. Paul's Creative Enterprise Zone, with ensuing events happening this summer.

14869-Manitou-Road-NE-Prior-Lake-MN-55372-6110268-image37

Gallery: Remodeled lakeside home in Prior Lake on market for $2.8M

It offers privacy at the end of a dead-end road fronting onto Lower Prior Lake.

golden valley police department

Carjacking outside ice arena in Golden Valley under investigation

Golden Valley PD confirmed it received a report of a carjacking Monday evening.

Related