Packers building a strong lead at the top of the NFC North

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

The Packers have pulled ahead in the NFC North race.

It was a perfect weekend for the Green Bay Packers.

After their big win over the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night, they were able to sit back and enjoy the Sunday afternoon games. And they would’ve been pleased with many of the results.

In particular, the Chicago Bears were beaten 24-17 by the Tennessee Titans, which means they’ve now lost their third game in a row. It’s also their fourth defeat in their past six games.

With the Detroit Lions losing to the Minnesota Vikings, both teams now remain three games back behind the Packers.

Green Bay sits atop the NFC North with a strong 6-2 record. Chicago started 5-1 but is now 5-4. Detroit and Minnesota are both 3-5.

And there was some more good news for the Packers.

The Seattle Seahawks were beaten by the Buffalo Bills and they are now tied with the Packers at 6-2. The Arizona Cardinals fell to 5-3 after their loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Green Bay is right there in the mix for the NFC’s top seed. Before Sunday Night Football, three teams are currently tied for first place in the conference: Green Bay, Seattle, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs play the New Orleans Saints later tonight. Even if they do win and improve to 7-2, it’s important to note they will have played one more game than the Packers and Seahawks.

The NFC is unpredictable this season and there are a number of teams challenging for the top four seeds. All four teams in the NFC West could be considered playoff contenders, although the San Francisco 49ers might struggle to keep up given the amount of injuries they have.

For the Packers, they are now the clear frontrunners in the NFC North. After a strong start, the Bears have dropped off and could fall out of the race if they don’t turn things around quickly.

Consider it a great weekend for the Packers.