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NFC North Week 3 recap: Is the division becoming a two team race?

The Bears are undefeated, but can they stop the Packers?

NFL: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings blow double-digit lead against Titans, 31-30

The rough start continues for the Vikings, who led the 2-0 Titans by a score of 24-12 halfway through the third quarter. The once-feared Minnesota defense has now turned into a rusty sieve allowing a total of 102 points (!) in three games. It was Derrick Henry and... checks notes... Kalif Raymond who combined for more than half of the Titans total yards.

The Vikings offense actually rebounded quite nicely after a poor effort in Week 2 and it was rookie wide receiver Justin Jefferson that turned in a huge performance through the air.

Next game: @ Texans (0-3)

Bears remain undefeated as Falcons choke once again, win 30-26

Look I’m not trying to sound petty (okay maybe a little bit), but is there any team luckier and more fraudulent than the Bears right now? Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in three consecutive weeks against three of the worst teams in the NFL might earn you that reputation. But hey, 3-0 is 3-0, so give credit where it’s due. The Bears are simply winning, and if that were the Lions, I would certainly take it.

The Falcons did their best impression of themselves on Sunday blowing another major lead in the fourth quarter. After benching Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as Nick Foles orchestrated three consecutive touchdown drives to give them the lead.

Nick Foles loves to play with fire, but somehow it always works out in the end for him. I would be surprised if the Bears end up going back to Trubisky for the rest of the year.

As for Chicago’s defense, it wasn’t a clean performance, but they made stops when it counted, and they certainly have to be very encouraged by the play of their rookie corner, Jaylon Johnson.

Next game: vs. Colts (2-1)

Packers win big on primetime over Saints, 37-30

I keep coming back to this quote from offensive tackle David Bakhtiari after witnessing another Aaron Rodgers clinic, and I can’t help but think the Jordan Love pick was the worst thing to happen to the rest of the NFC North this year. Rodgers looks like a man on a mission, and I feel bad for anyone who looks at him the wrong way this year.

Rodgers had another clean performance in Week 3 and now has nine touchdowns and zero interceptions on the year. Despite ignoring the glaring holes at wide receiver in the offseason, Green Bay’s WR corps looks more than fine. Allen Lazard is turning into a great No. 2 for them, and the offense even got all of their tight ends involved against the Saints with Robert Tonyan, Jace Sternberger and Marcedes Lewis combining for nine targets and two touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers just makes it happen. I hate everything.

The Saints did manage to keep the game close and gave themselves a shot up until a questionable decision to put Taysom Hill into the game which led to a crucial fumble.

Next game: vs. Falcons (0-3)

NFC North Standings after Week 3

t-1. Green Bay Packers (3-0)
t-1. Chicago Bears (3-0)
3. Detroit Lions (1-2)
4. Minnesota Vikings (0-3)

The Lions may have moved up to being alone in third place in the standings, but they are still a long way away from challenging the Packers and Bears for first place. They will need to extend their winning streak if they want any chance at their first division title since 1993. You can also count out the Vikings, who are alone in last place at 0-3.

The North is probably going to come down to the Packers and Bears, and if I had to choose between the two, I think the Packers will pull away early and never look back. The two teams don’t face off against each other for another nine weeks.

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