NFCN Barroom 6-Pack: Premium Pours for Week 13

NFCN Barroom 6-Pack: Premium Pours for Week 13

Originally established as the Central Division in 1967 as part of the NFL Western Conference prior to the AFL-NFL merger, what is now commonly regarded as the NFC North Division has long inhabited many of the league’s most outstanding athletes. Throughout its nearly 50 years of existence, Hall of Fame careers have been solidified, legendary coaches have passed through and a handful of the greatest teams in league history have thrived. The NFCN Barroom 6-Pack is our way of paying homage to the athletes and coaches who make the NFC North Division an emotional rollercoaster every single week without fail.

BUD LIGHT AWARD: MATTHEW STAFFORD | DETROIT

The Bud Light Award is presented to the NFC North quarterback who proved ‘Up for Whatever’ challenge thrown his way.

Very few believed the Detroit Lions would find a win on the road against the New Orleans Saints…

…and yet, that is exactly what the Lions found at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday afternoon. Detroit’s defense stepped up in a big way, but it was quarterback Matthew Stafford who, once again, led the way for the Lions, as he threw for 341 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns to outduel counterpart Drew Brees.

THE CORONA EXTRA: RB JORDAN HOWARD | CHICAGO

The Corona Extra is presented to an NFC North offensive skill player who produced a difference-making effort in a complementary role.

Credit: NFL Game Pass

Credit: NFL Game Pass

The Chicago Bears produced 26 points in their win over the San Francisco 49ers, and 18 of said tallies came courtesy of running back Jordan Howard. Howard, who led the Bears through less-than-ideal weather at Soldier Field, posted 117 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries in the team’s 26-6 victory.

THE ROLLING ROCK: DE DANIELLE HUNTER | MINNESOTA

The Rolling Rock is presented to the NFC North defender who guarded his end zone with consistency and dominance through the final whistle.

Credit: NFL Game Pass

Credit: NFL Game Pass

The Minnesota Vikings failed to pull out a victory over the NFC-leading Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football, but edge-rusher Danielle Hunter did everything within his power to carry his team back to relevancy. Hunter, a third-round pick in 2015, posted a pair of sacks, three quarterback hits and six combined tackles in the Vikings’ 17-15 loss to the Cowboys.

The talented pass-rusher has now total 9.5 sacks on the year — three behind NFL leader Von Miller — and leads the NFL in yards lost (79).

COORS LIGHT CROWN: K MATT PRATER | DETROIT

The Coors Light Crown is presented to the NFC North special-teamer whose veins turned blue with the pressure on.

Credit: NFL Game Pass

Credit: NFL Game Pass

As far as kicking goes, Matt Prater has no equal in the NFC North division. Both Minnesota (Blair Walsh) and Chicago (Robbie Gould) have parted ways with their long-tenured kickers in recent months while Green Bay has received spotty play from Mason Crosby. Detroit, on the other hand, has received nothing but excellence from Prater, who posted five more field goals on Sunday including yet another 50-plus yarder.

MILLER LITE MEDAL OF HONOR: DC TERYL AUSTIN | DETROIT

The Miller Light Medal of Honor is presented to the NFC North coach who best proved that games are as much won on the sidelines as they are on the field.

Nobody shuts down Drew Brees when he’s playing at home — except for Teryl Austin and his Lions defense. Brees, who still managed to throw for over 300 yards, threw a hat trick of interceptions while his running game sputtered. Mark Ingram led the Saints in rushing yardage (37) on a day that the Saints scored a grand total of 13 points.

New Orleans — even after its 13-point output against Detroit — ranks second in the NFL with a 28.9 per-game scoring average, entered the game averaging 33.5 points per game at home and had not scored less than 23 (vs. Denver Broncos) at the Superdome this season.

DOS EQUIS CAN’T-MISS PLAY: WR GOLDEN TATE | DETROIT

Credit: NFL Game Pass

Credit: NFL Game Pass

“He was benched in early October by coach Jim Caldwell … He walked off the Minnesota Vikings in overtime at U.S. Bank Stadium … He leads the Lions in receptions (65) and receiving yards (762) … He broke Sunday’s matchup with New Orleans wide-open with a 66-yard touchdown …

“Wide receiver Golden Tate IS the owner of NFC North Most Interesting Play of the Week.”

 

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BJ Reidell

BJ Reidell

Robert "BJ" Reidell IV is a St. Paul, Minn. native currently living in beautiful Bismarck, N.D. He began writing about the Minnesota Vikings and NFC North division shortly after graduating from Marquette University in 2014 with the goal of turning his favorite hobby into a career. In addition to contributing to NFCN Barroom, he is a full-time Sports Reporter for the Bismarck Tribune, an NFL Analyst at Vikings Territory, Co-host/Producer of About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast and a Fred Biletnikoff Award voter. You can find him waiting in line at Chipotle, enjoying a cold soda at Plums Bar & Grill or on Twitter @RobertReidell.



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