Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush will give the Packers defense all they can handle next weekend. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports photograph

NFC North: What do today's games mean for the Green Bay Packers?


 

I won’t be shy in saying that what we saw from the NFC North teams sans the Green Bay Packers today doesn’t really surprise me.

The Detroit Lions winning at home against the Chicago Bears was huge for that franchise, as was the Minnesota Vikings win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in their game across the pond.

What we saw was the real Bears who  came into their game in Detroit at 3-0, but hadn’t dominated an opponent in those wins. Two of those wins at home, against the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings, came in the final minute. When they came into Detroit, they were clearly unprepared to win a divisional game on the road and against an offensive juggernaut that is one of the best in the league.

The Vikings … well, they were playing another 0-3 team on the “road,” and showed that they were the better winless team. With a new quarterback pitching the ball around Wembley Stadium, the Vikings have new life … for now. If Matt Cassell can continue to move this team against opponents that have actually won games, then maybe they’re on to something. If not, then the Vikings are what they are … a team that continues its rebuilding.

So what does this all mean for the Green Bay Packers?

Well, it means that their defense is going to have their hands full when the Lions invade Lambeau Field next weekend. However, with Casey Hayward and Morgan Burnett scheduled to make their season debuts, it should help the Packers slow the Lions attack. It seems the Packers tend to do well against the likes of Brandon Marshall and Calvin Johnson. Like what the Packers were able to do against A.J. Green of the Bengals, the Packers seem to have a knack for containing big receivers.

We’re hoping next week will be similar. Of more concern to me is the new dimension that Reggie Bush brings to the Lions. He may cause more problems than does Johnson.

But one thing is for sure, in my mind.

The Packers, if they can build upon their running game, are still the best team in the NFC North. The Lions can score points, but they give up a lot. The Bears are a team that is not as good as the pundits think and the Vikings are a team that relies too heavily on one player, Adrian Peterson.

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