NFC North didn’t miss out on wild games in Week 15. The results included some crazy upsets, last-second defensive positions, and well, everything we watched on Monday night. Ultimately, the division winner was officially declared while another was knocked out of the playoffs. Here is all the news around the NFC North after a new week of action.
Bears’ abyss offense ends their playoff chances
The Chicago Bears entered Monday night’s game against the Vikings without a single starting defensive back. They also did not have a single coordinator. It seemed like a recipe for disaster for a team relying on a rookie QB for virtually all of their production.
It was better than it could have been, but not by much. The Bears defense managed to keep Justin Jefferson largely in check other than a touchdown. Kirk Cousins had less than 100 passing yards. However, it was once again the offense that stalled reader after reader. The Bears ultimately lost the game and whatever their playoff hopes, 17-9.
Act 2 for Kardiak’s kittens
The Detroit Lions, aka The Knee-Biters, aka the Kardiak Kitties, had another hugely impressive victory in Week 15. This time it faced off against one of the top contenders in the playoffs, the Cardinals of Arizona. Detroit’s defense shone against Kyler Murray. Arizona were held scoreless for the first half of the game.
However, the big storyline for the Lions has to be Craig Reynolds, who, on his first career start, ran for 112 yards while replacing D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams. In addition, Amon-Ra St. Brown continues to make great strides as a receiver. He caught eight balls for 90 yards and a touchdown in the resounding 30-12 win.
Green Bay wins the division in the last victory
The Packers started Week 15 against the Baltimore Ravens with one simple mission: win the game and win NFC North. At least it seemed like a straightforward mission when we found out Lamar Jackson wouldn’t be playing. However, Tyler Huntley has proven to be a problem for the Packers’ defense this week.
The game was close throughout, and that inevitably boiled down to a last-second touchdown and two-point cover attempt for the Ravens. On that play, the Packers’ defense showed up and covered Baltimore’s play call beautifully, escaping with a win and the division crown, 31-30.
Vikings win a Slopfest
It wasn’t pretty, but Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings grabbed another prime-time victory while also claiming the seventh and final seed in the playoffs, at least for now. The Vikings appeared to be big favorites in this game after all of the Covid and injury issues the Chicago Bears have faced, but once again they’ve managed to find a way to make it a one-possession deal. .
The stars of the Vikings didn’t really appear in this game, but it was definitely a night out for a DJ Wonnum. The sophomore DE finished the game with a pair of TFLs and three sacks. This is a Viking pass rush that has been crowned with success by the committee this year, and it showed once again in this week’s 17-9 win.