Realistic NFC North Team Headlines for Week 10

Realistic NFC North Team Headlines for Week 10

Headline connotation changes on week-to-week basis in the National Football League. Local newspapers are limited by professionalism and political correctness, which often provides an embellished, uneven or understated perspective on the TRUE status of our beloved football teams.

This segment aims to make the status of each NFC North team abundantly clear in just a few words.

CHICAGO BEARS | ‘Fox Eyes Opportunity to Save Job’

USA Today

Credit: USA Today

Following an upset of the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, the Chicago Bears enjoyed some much-needed rest during Week 9. Bye week was kind to John Fox’s squad, as both Minnesota and the Green Bay Packers lost to tighten up the NFC North division.

With only the Detroit Lions managing to produce a victory this past weekend, the Bears remain only three games out of first place with three divisional matchups still to play. If Chicago can run the table — and that is a big if — there is still a chance for Fox and Co. to make something of 2016.

DETROIT LIONS | ‘Legitimate Lions Earn Statement Win in Minnesota’

Credit: Fox Sports

Credit: Fox Sports

Every single week the Detroit Lions have trailed at some point during the fourth quarter, which was a bold strategy that amounted to zero wins when employed back in 2008. This year, however, Detroit has managed to carve out five wins through nine matchups and finds itself right in the thick of things in the NFC North division following a 22-16 overtime upset of the Minnesota Vikings and their once-prolific defense.

Detroit has established itself as a true contender … now imagine how dangerous this offense looks if Calvin Johnson has a sudden change of heart a la Percy Harvin.

GREEN BAY PACKERS | ‘S%#t Out of Lambeau Luck’

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

It has been a tough month for the storied Wisconsin franchise. Over their past four matchups, the Green Bay Packers have fell victim to the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons and, most recently, quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. To make matters worse for Mike McCarthy’s group, two of said losses have come at Lambeau Field, which has lost its credibility as an impossible place to win over the past year. Green Bay is now 4-5 at home dating back to Week 10 of last season (Nov. 15, 2016).

The Minnesota Vikings have given the Packers every opportunity to overtake the lead in the North, but an inconsistent Aaron Rodgers, makeshift ground game and a defensive secondary ravaged by injury has resulted in this historic contender falling to mediocrity — at least for the time being.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS | ‘Three Strikes: Vikings Can’t Even Beat Lions’

Credit: Pro Football Talk

Credit: Pro Football Talk

The Minnesota Vikings began the year on top of the world. After weaving through devastating injuries to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and running back Adrian Peterson en route to a 5-0 record, the Purple and Gold has fallen apart at the seams in recent weeks. Following losses to the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears, offensive coordinator Norv Turner resigned from his position – putting Pat Shurmur at the helm — and the team went on to suffer yet another defeat.

To complete the trifecta of losses, Minnesota blew a three-point lead with under 30 seconds remaining in regulation before embarrassingly whiffing on a pair of attempts to stop Golden Tate from ripping its heart out on a savage overtime touchdown.

Minnesota, which was nationally regarded as one of the top teams in the National Football Conference just one month ago, is suddenly in danger of becoming the 2016 edition of the 2015 Atlanta Falcons — that’s not good.

 

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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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