NFC North: Week 2 Recap

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Sep 20, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (96) and linebacker Anthony Barr (55) push Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) out of bounds in the third quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

We are only two weeks in, and the best team in the NFC North already starting to separate themselves. When it comes down to it, this is likely a three team race with the favorite already showing strong and aggressively leading the pack.

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It was a mixed bag from the teams in the NFC North in Week 2, which is a testament to the obvious parody in the division. In the early going, two things appear to be absolutely true, both of which are not surprises in the least bit. The Green Bay Packers are the class of the division, and the Chicago Bears are the bottom dwellers.

Despite multiple injuries, Aaron Rodgers has the Packers firing on all cylinders. They were not overly impressive in their Week 1 game against the Bears, but they did plenty to win on the road. This week, the Packers showed their muscle against the Seattle Seahawks in a battle of teams who are both likely Super Bowl contenders. More on that in a bit.

The Bears continued to struggle in Week 2, and are dealing with some brutal injuries across the board. They are a team that was already lacking ideal talent and depth heading into the season. Now, significant players are missing games. Things are not going well in the Windy City.

The Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions have both been a mixed bag thus far. Both teams are clearly talented, and could make a run for the playoffs, but they both never seem to reach their large potential.

The Vikings and Lions are in a similar situation with a lot of talent, but plenty to prove. It feels like one of these teams will make a realistic run towards the playoffs this season, but it is doubtful that there will be enough room for both.

This makes their Week 2 match-up against each other extremely important. Let’s start on Sunday afternoon, when the Vikings hosted the Lions.

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