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NFC North Week 6 recap: Bears take over the North as Packers get blown out

There’s a new No. 1 in the North.

NFL: Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Bears stave off late rally from Panthers, win 23-16

If there were any doubts about this Bears defense, you can probably put them to rest now. This defensive unit is dominating once again after regressing in 2019 and they’re proving that having an elite offense—or even one that’s just very good—isn’t always necessary when it comes to winning football games.

On Sunday, the Bears completely shut down Carolina’s passing game intercepting the ball twice (including one on their final drive) and limiting Teddy Bridgewater to a paltry 216 passing yards on 29 attempts.

Chicago continues to struggle on offense no matter who’s under center. The team combined for 261 offensive yards, but did manage to convert on half of their third downs.

Next game: @ Rams (4-2)

Falcons obliterate Vikings for first win of the season, 40-23

Things that are bad:

Kirk Cousins
Running the football without Dalvin Cook
Vikings secondary
2020 Vikings offseason
Todd Gurley
Losing to the Falcons
The Minnesota Vikings

Things that are good:

Justin Jefferson

Next game: BYE Week

Packers blow double-digit lead to the Bucs in 38-10 rout

This would have been a perfect week for Lions fans had the Bears also lost, but we’ll settle for a very good week. Any time we get to see the Packers utterly humiliated on live television is a good time. It’s been a while.

It was looking like it was going to be another decisive win for the Packers as they got off to an easy 10-0 lead to start the second quarter. The tide turned once Aaron Rodgers threw a lazy pass to the sideline on third-and-10 which led to a pick-six from Bucs CB Jamel Dean.

Rodgers would throw another interception and near pick-six on their next possession in uncharacteristic fashion. His two interceptions in this game marks his only two on the season. That’s also half of the number of interceptions he threw during the entire 2019 season.

It was an all-around frustrating day for Rodgers who also saw an old rivalry between himself and Ndamukong Suh resurface after a couple sacks and some words exchanged between the two.

The Packers lost in every phase of this game and let the Bucs run all over them as Ronald Jones made it three weeks in a row with over 100 yards rushing.

Next game: @ Texans (1-5)

NFC North Standings after Week 6

1. Chicago Bears (5-1)
2. Green Bay Packers (4-1)
3. Detroit Lions (2-3)
4. Minnesota Vikings (1-5)

The division is starting to get unpredictable with the Bears on top and the Vikings in the basement. It was looking like maybe the Bears would start to collapse as they reached the meat of their schedule, but they continue to hand out Ls to their opponents no matter the situation.

The Packers look to bounce back against a weak Texans team while the Bears head to Los Angeles to face a very good Rams team. With the Lions coming off of a decisive win over the Jaguars, they will have a chance to even their record against a hot-and-cold Falcons team. Heading into the bye week, the Vikings have a lot to figure out if they want any chance at a wild card spot.

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