What an ugly week for the NFC North! What did come of it was the Packers still controlling their own playoff destiny. All they have to do is defeat the rival Chicago Bears, at their place, and the NFC North is theirs!
How did all of this come together? The NFC North going 0-4 on the weekend kept every scenario from last weekend in play. The only change was Detroit being eliminated from playoff contention after their overtime loss to the New York Giants. After the Packers 38-31 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chicago Bears had an opportunity to win the NFC North outright taking away all of the drama of this weeks game. Instead of seizing the opportunity, they were thoroughly destroyed by the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 54-11. Once the dust settled on the weekend, it left a one game, winner take all scenario for the Bears and the Packers.
Other News and Notes from this weekend:
- Sounds like the news on Clay Matthews isn’t going to be good. After his 2nd quarter sack of Ben Roethlisberger, which all happened to be his 50th career sack, he went down instantly in pain. When he did get up, you could see him being very careful with his hand and once the staff looked at him, it was obvious he was in some major pain. Mike McCarthy stated in his Monday presser that “The training staff didn’t feel very good about the injury.” Would be shocked if he plays another down this year.
- Another tidbit that came out of Coach McCarthy’s presser was the Packers plan on making a earlier decision regarding Aaron Rodger’s status this week. That hopefully means that we will all know either right before or right after the Christmas holiday whether it will be Flynn or Rodgers trying to lead the Packers to the North title. I want to believe that Rodgers is close but I think it’ll be another week with Flynn at the helm.
- Despite the loss this weekend, the Packers have to have some confidence going into this weekends game against the Bears. The Packers only losing by 7 but having a chance to tie as the clock ran out versus the Bears losing by 43, the Packers have to feel decent about their chances. I’d like to see another low scoring slugfest between these 2 clubs but based on the defenses that are playing, wouldn’t be surprised to see another game in the 30’s with it being close late. Wouldn’t want it any other way.
- Congrats go to Eddie Lacy for setting the Green Bay Packers rookie rushing yard record of 1,112. Unfortunate that he tweaked his ankle injury and missed the 4th quarter, but that doesn’t take away what he has accomplished to this point. Very impressive rookie season!
Make sure to check back later this week for additional insight regarding this weekends matchup between the Bears and Packers. I will look at key matchups, game breakdowns and will end it all with my prediction. I’m sure I speak for many others when I say that I wouldn’t want it any other way, a winner take all match up vs. the Bears for the NFC North Title!!
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