Well, what a week it was in the NFC North. The Bears traveled to London and were upset by the Jon Gruden led Raiders. The game was the first NFL contest at the new Tottenham Hotspurs stadium. The Packers took it to the Cowboys at ‘Jerry World’, building a 31-3 lead by the third quarter, courtesy of running back Aaron Jones. The Cowboys, unable to get out of the hole they put themselves in, lost with a final score of 34-24.
The most scrutinised team over the past week, the Minnesota Vikings, took on the Giants at MetLife. Many questions hung over the Vikings in the build up to the game. Inconsistent play from quarterback Kirk Cousins, combined with the continued absence of their star receiver, Steffon Diggs, has dominated their season. Diggs has recently been a part of trade rumours. For at least a week, they will silence the doubters after a convincing win on Sunday.
The Lions did not play this weekend and will look to return from their early bye week with a bang.
With that all behind us, let’s look to week 6!
The Bears will not be playing this week as they are on a bye. They return to action at Solider Field in week 7, to take on an impressive New Orleans Saints team. It’s a much needed rest for a Bears team. They’ll hope to have quarterback Mitchell Trubisky back come game day, after a subpar performance by back-up QB, Chase Daniel.
Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers:
The Packers return home for this inter-division match up against the Lions this week. The Packers come into this match after a rather surprising win over the Cowboys. The surprise isn’t that they won, more the fashion that they did so. The Packers will look to do what they have done all year long: force turnovers (1st in turnover ratio) and have Aaron Jones (1st in touchdowns) punch it in for the score.
As for the Lions, they will have to exploit a Packers defense that has been very weak against the run so far. With only one loss on their record, from the Chiefs in week 4, they will need to make a statement in their first division match up of 2019. For the Lions to steal a win at Lambeau, a high dosage of running back is needed. If they fall into the turnover trap that others have this season, Green Bay will have the chance to jump out to another big lead that has proven almost impossible to climb out of.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Minnesota Vikings:
The Eagles are coming off back to back wins against the Packers and Jets and are feeling good and scoring points, but not in the way most would expect. Carson Wentz is one of the league’s best quarterbacks, but the Eagles are finding other ways to win than with the right arm of Wentz. Whether it’s the defense or the run game, the points are still coming and that should worry this Vikings team. Although it seems all is better again in Minnesota, with the emergence of the passing game against the Giants, if they fall behind early against what could be the best roster in the NFL, it could easily get out of hand quickly.
The key for this match up: Dalvin Cook vs the Eagles run defense. Cook has been a rocket this year for the Vikings, averaging 5.9 yards a carry and 108.4 yards. What might be even more impressive is how the Eagles have stopped the run. They’re allowing only 63.8 yards a game on the ground. Should the Eagles have their way with Dalvin Cook and the Vikings o-line, quarterback Kirk Cousins will have to play above and beyond his highly talked about contract to keep this one close.
This guest article was written by Liam Trundley. Liam is a Green Bay Packers fan, and has been since 2008. He has also played football for the London Warriors.
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