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Around the NFC North: Preseason Week 2

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A look at how the other NFC North teams fared in the second week of the preseason.

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Let's take a look at how the other teams in the NFC North fared against their preseason Week 2 opponents.

Chicago Bears defeat Indianapolis Colts 23-11

Considering all of the pessimism surround the Bears this offseason, Chicago fans have to be pretty happy with their performance against the Colts on Saturday. Jay Cutler went 8-9 for 69 yards and drove the Bears to three scoring drives out of the four he led. Although he failed to get the Bears into the endzone, he left the game late in the second quarter with the Bears leading 9-8.

Defensively, Jared Allen looked good at his new position as a 3-4 outside linebacker, nearly creating a forced fumble early in the game. Overall, the defense only allowed one scoring drive from the starting Colts offense, and held Indianapolis to just 14 yards on the other two drives.

Look out for: Jeremy Langford. The Bears' fourth-round draft pick looked very good, rushing for 80 yards and a touchdown on just nine rushes.

Notable injuries: None.

Minnesota Vikings beat Oakland Raiders 20-12

Minnesota's offense got off to a slow start, as Teddy Bridgewater and the first-stringers had a modest performance. Bridgewater went 10-14 for 89 yards and a touchdown, but the Vikings offensive line had some issues. Granted the Vikings kept Adrian Peterson under wraps for another week, Minnesota could not get anything going in the running game. Jerrick McKinnon got the majority of carries in the first quarter, but could only manage 25 yards on 12 carries.

Defensively, Minnesota looked strong, forcing punts on three of Oakland's first four possessions. Anthony Barr continues to improve, tallying one tackle and one pass defended in his short time on the field.

One noteworthy performance was that of Vikings kicker Blair Walsh. Walsh missed an extra point and three field goals, including a 35 and 38-yarder. Although the weather was terrible (the game was delayed for thundershowers), the Vikings may be looking to add a different kicker to their roster.

Look out for: Charles Johnson. Though the Vikings receiver only had 31 receptions last year, he looks like he's developing some chemistry with Bridgewater. Johnson had 4 receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown in this game.

Notable injuries: None.

Green Bay Packers fall to Pittsburgh Steelers 24-19

Green Bay's highly-potent offense wasted no time going down the field and scoring to open the game. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers on an 80-yard drive in just 5:06. They only faced one third down on that drive and seemed to face no resistence from the Steelers defense. On their second drive, however, Rodgers took a safety after being backed up to their own 1-yard line. That was it for Rodgers' day.

The Packers defense did a good job holding the Steelers offense in check to start the game, but eventually Ben Roethlesberger broke out and drove his team to a touchdown. Roethlesberger finished 11-14 for 100 yards and a touchdown.

Look out for: Eddie Lacy. Lacy didn't show any sign of rust in his game on Sunday. Though he only had six carries, he turned them into 30 yards and an easy touchdown. Lacy is set for another big year this season.

Notable injuries: During Green Bay's first drive, Jordy Nelson slipped and had to limp off the field. Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Packers are worried he has suffered a torn ACL. That would likely bench Nelson for the rest of the year and would be a huge loss to the Packers offense.

Additionally, the Packers' first round pick, cornerback Damarious Randallwas carted off the field late in the game after nabbing his first interception of his NFL career. However, he ran back through the tunnel shortly after. This injury does not appear to be serious.

Lasty, the Packers starting right guard T.J. Lang was tested for a concussion during the game.