If you’re anything like me on Sundays, that in addition to watching the Green Bay Packers, you probably have a watchful eye on the scores around the NFC North Division.
For the first time this season, all NFC North teams are playing outside of their own division. For Packers fans this is great because we can cheer against the Vikings, Bears, and Lions in hopes they all fall a game in the division standings.
Around the NFC North this weekend, we have the struggling Vikings welcoming the equally struggling Browns into Minneapolis. Living up north I can guarantee you that Vikings fans have quieted down a lot since Peterson’s first run of the season. Trent Richardson Trade Affect the Packers?” href=”http://lombardiave.com/2013/09/18/trent-richardson-trade-affect-packers/” target=”_blank”>With the Browns trading away Trent Richardson, a threat on the ground seems lost but it won’t stop us from cheering for the Browns.
The Lions will march into Washington to try to get back into the win column against a harassed Robert Griffin III and company. If RG3 can do in the first half what he has been doing in the second half of games, I think he could help the Packers out a bit by putting the Lions down a game.
The undefeated Bears will be making the trip to the steel city to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers who are winless thus far. It will be important for the Steelers offense to play a clean game and not give any chances to the Bears through turnovers. Jay Cutler will hopefully throw an interception or two to help the Steelers trip up those Bears.
Saving the best for last, the red-hot Packers will travel to Cincinnati to take on the 1-1 Bengals. It’s going to be important to keep up a good run defense by keeping Giovanni Bernard and big BenJarvus Green-Ellis contained. The Packers will also look to their secondary to play good coverage against A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert, the Bengals’ leading receivers. As long as the offense keeps doing what they’re doing, the Pack should be too much to handle.
Hopefully by the end of Sunday the Packers will be right there at the top ready to take control of first place in the NFC North.