NFC North Week 4 recap

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, the other looks pretty in a loss
Chicago Bears obliterate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-10The Bucs secondary forgot
how to play football. I don’t think I have ever seen a defense look as bad as
Tampa Bay did on Sunday.Mitchell Trubisky usually has trouble spotting open
receivers, so the Bucs made it easy for him and made sure that all of his
receivers were open receivers. The quarterback threw for six touchdown passes —
five in the first half — and the Bears looked like they were playing a CFL team.
While I would love to just harp on about how the Bucs are bad, I have to give
Trubisky some credit here too. He actually looked like a great quarterback for
the first time since the first quarter of Week 1. Oh yeah, and Khalil Mack is
still pummeling everyone in his path. He now has at least one sack and one
forced fumble in every game this season. For contrast, his former team, the
Oakland Raiders, allowed 42 points to the Browns in Baker Mayfield’s first
career start.Next week the Bears go into their bye before playing the Miami
Dolphins in the “are they actually good?” bowl.Next week: ByeMinnesota Vikings
fall short against the Los Angeles Rams 38-31Kirk Cousins bounced back big time
from the stinker he laid in Buffalo Week 3. He threw for 422 yards and three
touchdowns and also led the team with 28 rushing yards. The Rams are a freight
train, though, so they still lost. It sounds odd to say that the Vikings loss
makes them look like a better team. Los Angeles has been steamrolling everyone
in their path this season, though, and the Vikings staying relevant against them
until the very end is a pretty big accomplishment. Their daunted secondary was
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but their are not many teams they will face that are as hard to defend as the
Rams.A rematch of the NFC championship game this week against the Philadelphia
Eagles — who are having issues of their own — is a chance for them to get their
season back on track. A loss will drop them to 1-3-1, though, and their
offensive line may have a tough time dealing with the Eagles front seven.
Minnesota has problems, but they should be fine. I hope it all falls apart for
them and the Lions sweep them, but they’ll probably be fine. Next: @ EaglesThe
Green Bay Packers are mad about beating the Buffalo Bills 22-0The Packers beat
another NFL team 22-0. It wasn’t a pretty 22-0, but they scored 22 points and
allowed zero against a professional football team - a professional football team
that laid the hammer on their fierce rivals a week earlier. While a lot of Lions
fans seemed to be annoyed by Aaron Rodgers and the man’s constant search for
perfection, I kind of like it. I wish he would be nice and let us win the
division every once in a while, but a quarterback who’s willing to throw his
coaches under the bus after a 22-0 wincreates the drama that Twitter idiots like
me live for. Rodgers does have a point. There was really nothing that impressive
about this win. The defense pitched a shutout, sure, but Josh Allen and the
Bills offense is terrible. The offense had trouble finding its footing. They
still scored 22 points and won an NFL game, though. An angry Rodgers is a scary
Rodgers. I imagine that the Packers coaches will try to play-call the best game
of their life this week to appease him and he will take out his frustration on
the poor team that has to meet him next week. Next: @ LionsohLions-Packers Week
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, 7 players questionable With Aaron
Rodgers coming to town, the Detroit Lions could use all the help on the
defensive front they can get. Keeping Rodgers in the pocket while also putting
pressure will be key to make sure the Lions secondary can keep the Packers young
receivers blanketed.Unfortunately for Detroit, the Lions will, yet again, be
without their player most capable of doing just that. Ezekiel Ansah has been
declared out by the team and will not play against the Packers despite a full
week of (limited) practice. Ansah originally suffered a shoulder injury in the
first half of the season opener and hasn’t seen the field since. His practice
routine has been on and off. In the lead-up to Weeks 2 and 3, Ziggy practiced in
a limited fashion all week. Then, oddly, last week, Ansah was out, possibly
suffering a setback. This week he was back at it—padded and all—but apparently
never got to a place where the medical staff was comfortable in him
playing.Joining him on the bench will be tight end Michael Roberts, who has been
out since suffering an injury prior to Week 3’s game against the
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, and T.J. Lang, who was concussed during
last week’s loss to the Cowboys. The Lions also have a slew of players listed as
questionable, including four guys in the secondary: Tavon Wilson (back), Quandre
Diggs (hand), Nevin Lawson (illness) and Tracy Walker (ankle). Not exactly good
news with Rodgers headed their way, but at least Lawson and Walker were full
participants on Friday. The Packers injury report has not been released yet, but
head coach Mike McCarthy already notified media that wide receiver Randall Cobb
will not play this week. The status of Geronimo Allison and Davante Adams’
statuses are still up in the air. Lions injury report:TE Michael Roberts (knee)
- OUTG T.J. Lang (concussion) - OUTDE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) - OUTLB Eli
Harold (not injury related) - QuestionableCB Quandre Diggs (hand) -
QuestionableS Tavon Wilson (back) - QuestionableDB Tracy Walker (ankle) -
QuestionableDE Da’Shawn Hand (ankle) - QuestionableCB Nevin Lawson (illness) -
QuestionableWR Marvin Jones Jr. (ankle) - Questionable Packers injury report
(not official yet):WR Randall Cobb (hamstring) - OUTWR Davante Adams (calf) -
QuestionableWR Geronimo Allison (concussion/hamstring) - QuestionableCB Jaire
Alexander (groin) - QuestionableCB Bashaud Breeland (hamstring) - Questionable S
Kentrell Brice (shoulder) - QuestionableG Justin McCray (shoulder) -
QuestionableG Lucas Patrick (back) - QuestionableS Jermaine Whitehead (back) -
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