In Week 10, the Detroit Lions' future opponents combined to go 2-3. Here's a look at how each team performed:
Going into the fourth quarter, Arizona was actually down 14-10. The Cardinals immediately rallied after losing Carson Palmer to an injury, though. Drew Stanton hit John Brown for a diving 48-yard touchdown, and Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie followed that up with a pair of defensive touchdowns. Within a span of about four minutes, the Cardinals went on a 21-0 run to win in comfortable fashion.
Week 12 - at Patriots (7-2) - Bye week
New England had the week off.
Week 13 - vs. Bears (3-6) - lost to Packers, 55-14
The Bears played one of the worst games I've ever seen, and they did it on national television. They were down 42-0 at halftime after allowing six (!) Aaron Rodgers touchdown passes in the first two quarters. They were completely outclassed, and at this point it will be somewhat surprising if their entire coaching staff actually makes it to the Thanksgiving matchup with the Lions.
This pretty much sums things up for the Bears:
Bears are second team in NFL history to allow at least 50 points in consecutive games, joining 1923 Rochester Jeffersons (who?), per Elias.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 10, 2014
With Josh McCown back as their starting quarterback, the Bucs actually managed to not get blown out against the Falcons this time. In fact, Tampa Bay had a 17-16 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Falcons rallied with a Roddy White touchdown and Matt Bryant's fourth field goal to eventually pull away.
Week 15 - vs. Vikings (4-5) - Bye week
Minnesota also had the week off.
Week 16 - at Bears (3-6) - lost to Packers, 55-14
Week 17 - at Packers (6-3) - beat Bears, 55-14
The flip side of the Bears' embarrassing loss is that the Packers were absolutely dominant. Rodgers was on another level with six first-half touchdowns, and the Packers as a whole played extremely well. Green Bay looks like a team that is going to be in the NFC North title race all season long.