The Bears and Raiders produced a thriller in London, the Packers impressed in Dallas and the Vikings ran the show in New York. Here is a recap of the NFC North week 5 action.
Chicago Bears 21-24 Oakland Raiders
The Bears will leave London feeling disappointed after falling short against the Raiders in Tottenham. They came into the game off the back of three straight wins before defeat against the Raiders. The Bears started slowly trailing 17-0 at half time. Conceding two touchdowns and a field goal in a first half to forget. However, the Bears came out strong in the second half scoring 21 unanswered points. Rookie running back, David Montgomery, started the comeback rushing from 1-yard. The Bears second touchdown came from a 4-yard Chase Daniels pass that found Allen Robinson in the end zone. Robinson then scored his second of the night, collecting a 16-yard touchdown pass from Daniels to complete the Bears comeback. The Bears entered the fourth quarter leading 21-17 before Raiders running back Josh Jacobs ran in to give the Raiders the lead and the win.
Chase Daniel started his first game of the season and threw two touchdowns and two interceptions. His second interception came late in the fourth, with the Bears looking to set up a field goal to take the game into overtime. Miscommunication between Daniel and Anthony Miller led to the interception, allowing the Raiders to run down the clock. The Bears run game also struggled, recording only 42 yards from 17 attempts in total. Daniel and wide receiver Allen Robinson did combine well throughout with Robinson 7 receptions for 97 yards including two touchdowns.
The Bears have a bye in week 6 and will look to use the time to improve before facing the New Orleans Saints in week 7.
Green Bay Packers 34-24 Dallas Cowboys
The Packers move to 4-1 with an impressive victory in Dallas over the Cowboys. In a high scoring game, it was the Packers who started the better of the two sides. Running back Aaron Jones scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, giving the Packers a 17-0 lead at half time. Jones then replicated his first quarter in the third by scoring two more touchdowns. To give the Packers a 31-3 lead in the third quarter. The Cowboys then scored three touchdowns of their own to make it a tense finish. However, the Packers were able to hold on to put the disappointment of last week’s defeat to the Eagles behind them.
The third year running back out of UTEP ran for 107 yards from 19 carries including four touchdowns. It is the running backs second 100+ rushing yard game of the season. Jones ran for 116 yards with one touchdown against the Vikings in week 2, to help the Packers to a 21-16 win. Jones now has over 300 yards and 8 touchdowns for the season. Leading the league in touchdowns ahead of Mark Ingram and Christian McCaffrey (6). The 8 touchdowns so far this season also means he equals his season total from last year.
The Packers host divisional rivals Detroit Lions in week 6 with the Lions coming into the game off a bye week.
New York Giants 10-28 Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings move to 3-2 for the season after their victory at the MetLife stadium. Adam Thielen caught two touchdowns and kicker Dan Bailey scored four field goals to give the Vikings their third win of the season. Thielen’s first touchdown coming at the start of the second quarter catching a 15-yard Kirk Cousins pass. Wide receiver Thielen, caught 7 passes for 130 yards averaging 18.6 yards per reception.
The Vikings defense also showed its strength sacking rookie quarter back Daniel Jones 4 times. This included two sacks from defensive end Danielle Hunter.
Kirk Cousins completed 22/27 pass attempts for 306 yards including the two touchdown passes to Thielen. Rookie running back Alexander Mattison also played his part rushing for 52 yards from 7 carries. However, the big statistic of the game came from running back Dalvin Cook. We are used to big numbers from Cook but the third year RB out of Florida State surpassed even himself, finishing with 218 total scrimmage yards. Cook rushed for 132 yards and had 86 receiving yards. The most by any Vikings player since 2012. Cook moves onto 542 rushing yards for the season still second in the league behind the impressive Christian McCaffrey.
The Vikings host the 3-2 Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium in week 6.
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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