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NFC North Week 7 recap: Packers back in first as Bears flop on MNF

Are the Bears frauds?

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Packers dominate Texans on the road, 35-20

For those that were hoping the Packers would drop their second game in a row, meet the Houston Texans. The chances were slim and the Packers didn’t allow much of an opening for the Texans after getting out to a 21-0 lead at the end of the first half.

Aaron Rodgers—after an abysmal performance last week—bounced back nicely this week with four touchdowns and zero interceptions on the day and a near perfect passer rating (132.4). Davante Adams was the recipient of more than two-thirds of the passing yards distributed and nearly half of the targets. His insane performance ended by hauling in 13 catches for 196 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

The Texans offense did their best to try and get back into the game, and if you look at the total yards, it probably should have been a much closer game than the score indicates. The biggest difference was the Packers defense’s ability to come up huge in big situations.

The Packers sit at 5-1 with a favorable schedule ahead of them.

Next game: @ Vikings (1-5)

Bears get embarrassed by Rams on MNF, 24-10

This was more like the Bears team that we thought would show up this year. Without any consistent play at the quarterback position and a rushing attack running on fumes, this team cannot afford to play from behind and we saw exactly why Monday night.

The Rams were the first to score after adding a touchdown late in the first quarter and the Bears quickly followed it up with a field goal to bring them within four points. That would be the first and last time the offense could give the Bears some points, but the defense did their best to try and start a late rally after a fumble return touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.

It was an awful performance all around for the Bears offense as Nick Foles looked like his worst self, and the Bears rushing attack was held under 50 yards. Looking ahead, it’s not going to get much easier for the Bears over the next couple of weeks.

Next game: vs. Saints (4-2)

NFC North Standings after Week 7

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

Chicago’s time at the top lasts just one week, which means it’s the Packers that move back into first place. The Lions are now a game-and-a-half back on the Bears and are moving up in the wild card hunt. However, they will need a lot of help if they want to make a serious run for the division title.

The Vikings are still alone in last place and have to face the Packers next week. We can probably expect a similar result to their first meeting.

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