It was a tough week in The NFC North with only the Bears victorious. The Bears beat the Vikings at Soldier Field, the Lions fell just short against the Chiefs and the Packers suffered their first defeat against the Eagles. Here is a recap of week 4 in the NFC North.
Chicago Bears 16-6 Minnesota Vikings
In a low scoring game that saw Chicago’s defense dominate, it was the Bears who came away with the win. The Bears scored the game’s first points with backup quarterback Chase Daniel finding Tarik Cohen for a 10-yard touchdown. The Bears added a field goal before halftime to take a 10-0 lead into the break. Bears kicker Eddy Piniero then added two more field goals in the third to give the Bears a 16-0 lead. The Vikings fought back with a 2-yard touchdown run by Dalvin Cook. The Vikings then failed with a 2-point conversion attempt to finish the game 16-6.
The Bears suffered an early setback with starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky having to leave the field with a shoulder injury. The injury happened early in the first quarter after a tackle by Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter. Trubisky was replaced by back up QB, Chase Daniel. Daniel led the Bears to their third win of the season as the Bears move to 3-1. Daniel completed 22/30 pass attempts for 195 yards including a touchdown throw to running back Tarik Cohen. The backup QB has 11 years’ experience in the league, appearing five times last season, in place of the injured Trubisky. The extent of Trubisky’s injury is unclear, however it is unlikely he will feature for the Bears when they travel to play the Raiders in London next week.
Vikings run game stopped
The Vikings have been successful in the run game this season, with Dalvin cook leading the league in rushing yards. However, against a strong Bears defense the Vikings and Cook struggled to get going. Cook only ran for 35 yards in 14 carries and Alexander Mattison only 5 yards for his two carries. QB Kirk Cousins had most of his success in the air, with wide receiver Stefan Diggs catching seven passes for 108 yards. Cousins and his offensive line struggled throughout the game with the QB being sacked five times. With both Khalil Mack and defensive end Roy Robertson- Harris both recording 1.5 sacks. The Vikings are now 2-2 and are 0-2 against divisional rivals, after defeats to the Packers and Bears-
The Bears travel to London to play the Raiders in the first NFL game hosted and Tottenham Hotspurs new stadium. The Vikings travel to MetLife stadium to face the 2-2 New York Giants.
Detroit Lions 30-34 Kansas City Chiefs
Matt Patricia and Lions fans can be proud of their performance despite falling just short against the Chiefs. The Lions took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter with a Matt Prater field goal and a touchdown by tight end T.J. Hockenson. The Chiefs responded in the second quarter scoring a touchdown to go into half time level at 13-13.
The games decisive play then came early in the third quarter. Lions running back Kerryon Johnson, attempts to power over from the one-yard line but fumbles allowing corner Bashaud Breeland to recover and run 100 yards for the score touchdown. Both teams then scored a touchdown in the third to see the Chiefs lead 27-23 going into the final quarter. With 2:26 remaining in the fourth, Matthew Stafford found Kenny Golladay in the end zone to give the Lions a 27-30 lead. Then heartbreak for Lions fans with Chiefs running back Darrell Williams crashing over from 1-yard to win the game 30-34.
The Lions offense impressed against the Chiefs with Matthew Stafford throwing for 291 yards and 3 touchdowns. Head coach Matt Patricia and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be excited with the success in the air and on the ground. The Lions rushed for 186 yards including 125 yards for Kerryon Johnson. They also had success with the passing game. WR Marvin Jones caught three passes for 77 yards and Kenny Golladay had 67 yards receiving including two touchdowns. Tight end T.J. Hockenson again showed glimpses of what he can produce in the air. The rookie was targeted three times for 27 yards including his first quarter touchdown. The Lions fall to a 2-1-1 record but will be happy with the start they have made.
The Lions have a bye week next up, giving them chance to regroup and prepare for the Packers in week six.
Green Bay Packers 27-34 Philadelphia Eagles
The Packers fell to their first defeat of the season, to the Eagles at Lambeau Field. The Packers were made to pay for failing to convert twice in the red zone in the fourth quarter. The final attempt saw QB Aaron Rodgers intercepted by Eagles linebacker, Nigel Bradham.
There were touchdowns for tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Geronimo Allison. The Packers third touchdown came from running back Aaron Jones. The game was level in the third quarter at 27-27 before Eagles RB Jordan Howard, ran in from 2 yards to give the Eagles a 34-27 lead.
Stats can be deceiving
This game was proof that stats don’t always tell the true story. Aaron Rodgers threw for 422 yards and completed 34/53 pass attempts for two touchdowns. Whereas, Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw for 160 yards from his 16 successful pass attempts, for three touchdowns. Packers wide receiver, Devante Adams caught 10 passes for 180 yards, before leaving the field with a toe injury. The Packers did however, struggle in the run game. The Packers leading rusher in the game was QB Rodgers. Rodgers ran for 46 yards, ahead of RB Jones who only managed 21 yards from 13 attempts. The Packers will feel they should be 4-0, knowing they missed several chances to covert in the red zone.
In week five the Packers travel to the AT&T stadium in Texas to face the 3-1 Dallas Cowboys.
This NFC North guest article was written by Jamie Farrin. He’s a New Orleans Saints fan and you can find him on twitter at @jamiefarrin.
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