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NFC North recap: Bears, Vikings win big, start to pull away in division

The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings both won in blowout fashion on Sunday, cementing themselves as the top teams in the NFC North.

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So much for the Detroit Lions making up some ground in the NFC North during their bye week. They did gain half a game on the Green Bay Packers, but the two teams in first place -- the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings -- both distanced themselves from the rest of the pack with wins in games that weren't even close. Here's a rundown of what happened in the NFC North in Week 5:

  • Indianapolis Colts 30, Green Bay Packers 27 - Despite trailing by a score of 21-3 at halftime, the Colts ended up winning on Sunday. They battled back with 16 points in the third quarter, and they ultimately ended up winning on a four-yard pass from Andrew Luck to Reggie Wayne with 35 seconds left in the game. Luck showed exactly why he was the No. 1 pick this year, and the Colts picked up a very emotional win given what's happened with Chuck Pagano.
  • Chicago Bears 41, Jacksonville Jaguars 3 - The Bears have looked like a really bad team at times, and through one half in Jacksonville on Sunday, it seemed like the ugly version of this team showed up. The score was 3-3 after two quarters, and it was anybody's game despite the Jaguars not doing a whole lot. In the second half, it was a completely different story. The Bears came out and added 10 points in the third. In the fourth, they went off on the Jaguars with four touchdowns, including yet another interception return for a score. In the end, this ended up being a blowout.
  • Minnesota Vikings 30, Tennessee Titans 7 - There was also a blowout in Minnesota. The Vikings led 23-0 after three quarters, and they went on to win by a score of 30-7. Like Chicago, Minnesota is now 4-1 on the season. To me, the Vikings are the surprise team of the NFL so far.

With the Vikings and Bears on top of the division at 4-1, the Lions are quite a ways away from first place. The Packers are as well now that they are 2-3. Minnesota and Chicago are really starting to pull away from the bottom half of the division, which is why the Lions must come out of their bye week strong with a couple wins, especially on Monday Night Football against the Bears in a couple weeks.

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