NFC NORTH

NFC North: Headlines heading into an important Week 2 for the division

Posted Sep 13, 2013

With the Lions and Bears sitting at 1-0 and the Packers and Vikings at 0-1, Week 2 could start to separate teams in the division

The first week of the NFL season is in the books and half of the NFC North teams are feeling good about themselves (Lions and Bears) and the other half (Packers and Vikings) are facing the prospect of an 0-2 start without good performances this weekend.

Here’s a quick look at the headlines surrounding the Packers, Bears and Vikings heading into the weekend matchups:

GREEN BAY (0-1) vs. WASHINGTON (0-1)

Stat of the game: Green Bay has won 20 of its last 21 regular season games at Lambeau Field, with the only loss coming to San Francisco in last season's home opener.

Packers’ Next Opponent: Redskins

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/packers-next-opponent-redskins-b9994941z1-223242841.html

Underrated tackles held up well

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/61229/underrated-tackles-held-up-well

Matthews: ‘I’m an awesome player, not a dirty player’

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20130912/PKR0101/130912044/Matthews-m-an-awesome-player-not-dirty-player-

Clay MatthewsLB Clay Matthews (Photo: AP IMAGES)

Kuhn paving the way for Lacy’s improvement

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20130912/PKR01/309120389/Kuhn-paving-way-Lacy-s-development

Packers defensive front asked to stuff the run

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/packers-defensive-front-asked-to-stuff-the-run-b9996810z1-223568821.html

CHICAGO (1-0) vs. MINNESOTA (0-1)

Stat of the game: Chicago has won 11 of last 12 at home over Minnesota and is averaging more than 35 points per game during current five-game winning streak over Vikings at home.

Bears need the old Peppers not an old one

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0913-bears-biggs-chicago-20130913,0,3051268.story

Cutler’s cool at tough time impresses Trestman

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0913-bears-cutler-chicago-20130913,0,2639666.story

Bears gear up for Christian Ponder

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/22530113-606/bears-gear-up-for-christian-ponder.html

Offensive line ready for next test vs. Vikings

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4685800/offensive-line-ready-for-next-test-vs-vikings

Gould nails 10 straight from long range

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/61221/gould-nails-10-straight-from-long-range

Adrian Peterson looks to rebound vs. Bears

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/61209/adrian-peterson-looks-to-rebound-vs-bears

Musgrave talks adding plays for Patterson and more

http://www.vikings.com/news/article-1/Musgrave-Talks-Adding-Plays-for-Patterson-and-More/881a080e-604a-462d-b71c-06d733d944d2

Simpson’s big game sparks questions about Vikings receivers

http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/223564331.html

Vikings notes: Williams seems likely to play vs. Bears

http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/223563511.html

Linebacker Marvin Mitchell plans on keeping starting job

http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_24082515/vikings-linebacker-marvin-mitchell-plans-keeping-starting-job