The Green Bay Packers made things a lot more interesting in the NFC North, handling the Bears 37-3 at Lambeau Field. With the Minnesota Vikings losing 19-13 at Tampa Bay, the Bears, Vikings, and Packers are all now posting records of 5-5 to make for a very interesting playoff race.
The defending division champs (Packers) have been very inconsistent thus far losing their last two games by a combined 4 points, before beating Chicago.
They have also dealt with some key injuries in losing cornerback Al Harris earlier in the season, and now linebacker Nick Barnett for the rest of the year. But after being swept by the Bears last year, Green Bay gained some redemption disrupting seemingly everything Chicago threw at them.
Chicago finds themselves trying to rebound off a game where Kyle Orton showed just how vulnerable he is to an injury he suffered two weeks ago. Now after winning two games, they must now look for answers on how to end this two game skid they have succumbed to.
Minnesota, desperately trying to find their niche through the air, has gotten to this point on the backs of Adrian Peterson and their underachieving defense.
Each of these teams now find themselves with a fresh slate, and essentially a new shot at a division title. The Packers have a tough test next week going into the Superdome to face Drew Brees and the Saints on Monday Night Football. The Bears venture to Saint Louis to face the illustrious Rams. The Minnesota Vikings have a dangerous game ahead, traveling to Jacksonville to square off against Jack Del Rio and the Jaguars.
Stay tuned. There is a battle looming.