Green Bay Packers
The Packers sit alone on top of the NFC North after their victory over the Bears coupled with Road losses by the Lions and the Vikings. It has been a long time since the Packers could say that.
ESPN debuted a new NFL Football Power Index (FPI) with the Packers taking the top spot with a 6.2 score. This means that the FPI model has the Packers scoring 6.2 points more than an average NFL team playing on a neutral field. The FPI predicted that the Packers would win 10.4 games, have a 68.4% chance to win the division, 81% chance to make the playoffs and 16.2% chance to win the Super Bowl.
In contrast, Lions had 0.2, Vikings -0.8 and Bears -2.1 RPIs and are expected to win 7.8, 7.5 and 6.7 games respectively.
Randall Cobb suffered no set back to his injured shoulder.
Packers get Datone Jones back after a one game suspension but will have to make room for him on their roster.
Packers could sure use Morgan Burnett to solidify a defensive backfield that couldn’t make a tackle and sometimes seemed out of position against the Bears. But calf injuries take a while to heal as we saw with Aaron Rodgers last year.
Sam Barrington came into the game with a right ankle injury and may have made it worse by playing on it. By the second quarter he was on the bench with a bag of ice on it. Barrington left the locker room on crutches with his right foot in a boot.
We will look for updates throughout the week.
There are no easy games this week in the NFC North.
Arizona at Chicago 12:00 PM FOX
Detroit at Minnesota 12:00 PM FOX
Seattle at Green Bay 7:30 PM NBC
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