Charles “The Prodigy” Richey is an on-air host and producer for chicagolandsportsradio.com, he writes on the NFC North for WARR
Not long ago Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were looking to rebound from a humiliating loss to the Atlanta Falcons on national TV. In just a few days they did just that by reeling off two wins in a row: one in a thriller over the Bengals in overtime last Sunday and one in dominating fashion against the Chicago Bears to kick off Week 4 on Thursday Night Football.
The Bears were looking to build upon their momentum in their OT Week 3 thriller against the Pittsburgh Steelers this past Sunday but on a night where the game was disrupted due to lightning in the area, the Bears couldn’t catch any bolt of energy and the Packers proved once again why they’re the class of the NFC North.
It was another day at the office for the real A-Rod, as he made it look so easy and flawless with four TD passes thrown and 179 yards accumulated. With his most recent victory, Rodgers improves to a phenomenal 15-4 record against the Bears lifetime. Rodgers continued taking over of the Green and Gold record books sees him with the team’s highest win percentage against Chicago at .789, yet he is one-win shy of tying Hall-of-Famer Bart Starr for second on the all-time win list, and Brett Favre holds the record at 22-10 each as a Packer.
The Green Bay franchise also got to celebrate its overtaking of the all-time series with their longest rivals. Coming into Thursday the NFL’s longest series was tied at 94 wins apiece with 6 ties thrown in, now the Pack have a 95-94 lead that they likely won’t give up anytime soon.
At the end of the day for the Bears it’s not only a wonder when will they again hear the chant of days of old — “Beat Green Bay!,” but sadly its about once again trying to figure out their QB situation. Hopefully over this next week plus off that they have the time to satisfy Bears fans with the on-field presence of No. 2 overall pick Mitch Trubisky comes in order to show them a better future.
“We need to make a lot of changes,” said Bears coach John Fox in his post-game conference Thursday. “We will evaluate everything and we’ve got a lot of work to do before we line up against Minnesota on October 9th.”
Fox also added that he didn’t think “all those were Mike’s turnovers.” “All those” being the four made in the first half, two fumbles by Glennon and two interceptions.
Glennon has four touchdown passes and five interceptions in his first season as a Bear starter. Yes, there’s clearly a lot of work, but at the end of the day, its just another excuse for a team that’s still seeking its identity.
This Sunday the other two teams in the North clash as the Minnesota Vikings host the Detroit Lions with the winner having a chance to join Green Bay atop the division at 3-1.
Key match-ups to look out for is the Minnesota Vikings run defense, a unit ranked fifth in the NFL against a 18th-ranked rushing attack for the Lions. After signing his highly publicized $135 million deal in the off-season, Matthew Stafford has averaged 226 passing yards a game in leading Detroit to a winning September.
Still, the Lions’ ground attack has failed to get going, so Detroit is a team dependent on the shoulders and right arm of Stafford to lead them to victory.
The Vikings themselves are still without incumbent QB Sam Bradford, but they have been playing stout on defense. If there’s one thing to caution on the Vikings D, it’s that they’ve mostly bent without breaking in the first three games — 46.7% of their defensive drives end in an offensive score, Minnesota ranks 31st in that department. Thankfully, their offense has kept them in control of games, ranking No. 2 in the League with 400.3 total yards of offense a game, powering their 24 points a game.
Prediction: give this one to the Lions, simply since the Vikings have been scorched in their passing defense, which is fifth worst in the league, not a stat you want to have entering a game against Stafford. 24-21, Detroit.
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