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Around the NFC North: Week 12

Bears - 27 :: Rams - 3

The Bears dominated this game from start to finish.  There's not much else to say other than the Rams suck, and Chicago made that perfectly clear on Sunday.

Windy City Gridiron was pretty happy with Matt Forte's performance against the Rams.

I think Matt Ryan is going to win the offensive rookie of the year, but no rookie is more important to their team than Forte is to ours.  He is a workhorse and a 3rd down conversion machine.  He takes pressure off of the rest of our offense.  I can only imagine what he will do if the Bears can get their line fixed for next year.  Forte had his best day with 132 yards rushing and 2TDs.  He had a 6.6 yard average and broke one long for a 47 yard TD.

Vikings - 30 :: Jaguars - 12

The Jags managed to keep it close for a half, as they only trailed 17-10, but Minnesota slowly pulled away in the third and fourth quarters.  Ryan Longwell kicked a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter and a 22-yarder in the fourth.  The 22-yard kick preceded an Adrian Peterson touchdown run from 16 yards out that basically clinched the victory for the Vikings.

The Daily Norseman was pleased with Minnesota's performance but still got in a dig at Brad Childress.

As I mentioned in the Game Thread comments early on yesterday, just after the Vikings had scored 14 points in the game's first 95 seconds and people started talking about a blowout. . .these are the Vikings.  The Brad Childress Vikings.  The Brad Childress Vikings don't "blow teams out" with any sort of regularity.  The modus operandi of the Brad Childress Vikings is to play teams close, slug it out until the end of the game, and hope that either a) your team makes a big play, or b) the other team commits a massive screw-up.

But, yesterday afternoon, the Jaguars seemed bound and determined to get blown out, and the Vikings. . .for once. . .happily obliged.

Packers - 29 :: Saints - 51

Believe it or not, but the Stains were only ahead of Green Bay 24-21 after two quarters.  In the second half, though, this became a blowout.  The Saints scored second half touchdowns on a pair of Drew Brees passes, one of which went for 70 yards to Marques Colston, and runs by Deuce McAllister and Pierre Thomas.  Green Bay did manage to score a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but that is about the only positive thing they did in the second half.

Acme Packing Company felt that the Packers lost due to a collectively bad team-wide effort.

What happened in the loss to New Orleans was a lot like the loss last season at Chicago. They lost in a lot of different ways. The entire team came together to lose this game. All these problems have been there all season, but never before have they all come together in one game.

The Bears and Vikings, who are both 6-5, will break the tie for first-place in the NFC North in Week 13 with a game against each other in Minnesota.  The Packers, on the other hand, will host the Panthers in hopes of getting a victory.

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