NFC NORTH

NFC North: Week 6 wins for Lions and Packers make a statement in the division

Posted Oct 15, 2012

When the season began, no one figured the Packers and Lions would be at the bottom of the division after six weeks. But after wins against two opponents, both the Packers and Lions sent a message to the rest of the division.

Week 6 of the NFL season is in the books for the NFC North and things are beginning to right themselves out a bit. When the season began, no one figured the Packers and Lions would be at the bottom of the division after six weeks. But after wins against two opponents, both the Packers and Lions sent a message to the rest of the division.

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