Watching the Chicago Bears dismantle the Dallas Cowboys tonight may have been a bit unsettling for Packers fans, but if it did one thing it demonstrated the strength of the NFC North.
With a smothering defense that made life difficult for Tony Romo, the Bears once again took care of Dallas on Jerry Jones’s home field and opened up the ‘Boys to many questions about their future.
It also gives Packers fans hope for a strong future in 2012. With the Packers convincing win over the Bears two weeks ago when they sacked Jay Cutler seven times and picked him off four times, the Packers defense was dominant – and showed the rest of the league that the Packers should still be included in the discussion as one of the best teams in the entire league
Though Detroit has been the lowliest of NFC North teams, the Bears, Packers and the surprising Vikings have shown in the early going that the playoffs could easily go through the North. Fans of the Eagles, Cardinals, 49ers or even the Redskins might argue that point, but if defense wins championships, the Bears showed tonight they are one of the dominant teams in the league – as are the Packers.
To that end, the Packers will have to be careful of those trap games – one which will face them Sunday in Indianapolis. In order to keep pace with the Bears and Vikings, the Packers have to win the games they are supposed to and sneak away with one or two that they maybe shouldn’t in order to win the North.
Time will tell, but there will be some very important upcoming divisional match ups coming up and the Packers who have to continue to improve their run game, their defense and character to have a chance to make another run deep into the playoffs.
Yes, time will tell.