The Packers thumped the previously unbeaten Texans on the road and showed that despite a 3-3 record, they’re still the class of the NFC North. That victory was thorough and impressive. It might have been the most impressive win of the season so far.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes and revealed that he’s still head of the class among NFC North quarterbacks, too.
The standings show the Packers as the third-best team in the NFC North, but I’m guessing that it’s only a matter of time before they leap-frog the Vikings and find themselves right there with the Bears.
As for those Vikings, they saw their three-game winning streak end after a 38-26 loss in Washington. They drop to 4-2 on the year and are officially a half-game behind the NFC North-leading Bears (4-1), who were on the Bye this week.
The Vikings have had a nice start to the season, and they’ll be in most every game this year, but most people still think they’re a year away from truly competing for the division.
The Lions are now 2-3 after Sunday’s come-from-behind win in Philadelphia and can send an even bigger message next week in a Monday night matchup with the Bears in Chicago. A victory over the Bears and the Lions get right back into the NFC North race. A loss and they find themselves in a three-game hole.
Here are the current standings in the NFC North:
1. Chicago Bears (4-1)
2. Minnesota Vikings (4-2)
3. Green Bay Packers (3-3)
4. Detroit Lions (2-3)
Around the NFC North
High-octane offense helps Packers hogtie Texans
Pete Dougherty – Press-Gazette
Point explosion sends message to NFC North
Vic Ketchman – Packers.com
Notebook: WR Nelson has 'monster' game
Rob Demovsky – Press-Gazette
Rodgers turns criticism into brilliance
Tyler Dunne – Journal Sentinel
Wrap-up: Packers 42, Texans 24
Kevin Seifert – ESPN.com
Vikings doomed by too few touchdowns, too much RG3
Brian Murphy – Pioneer Press
Peterson experiences emotionally charged return to D.C.
Dan Wiederer – Star Tribune
Ponder's blunders equal 14 points for Washington
Mark Graig – Star Tribune
Vikings bought Redskins time with ineptitude in red zone
Tom Pelissero – 1500ESPN.com
Lions' special-team units bracing for Hester, Bears
Brad Biggs - Tribune
Bears set to release RB Bell
Vaughn McClure – Tribune
Earl Bennett says he expects to play against Lions
Adam Jahns – Sun-Times
Jay Cutler can feel pain of verbal hits, too
Sean Jensen – Sun-Times