At the halfway point in the NFL schedule, the divisional races are starting to legitimize themselves. The Green Bay Packers earned a road victory over the division rival Minnesota Vikings last week and maintained their lead in the NFC North. The Detroit Lions eeked out a last-second win at home over the Dallas Cowboys after some heroics by quarterback Matthew Stafford.
The Chicago Bears had a bye last week and now look forward to preparing for a Monday night showdown against the Packers at Lambeau Field. The Vikings will head to Dallas to take on the Cowboys and the Lions have their bye this week. That leaves just two games within the Black n’ Blue division to review.
Minnesota Vikings (1-6) at Dallas Cowboys (4-4)
The Cowboys have to be reeling after suffering a heart-breaking loss on the game’s final play in Detroit. Dallas now holds a very modest one-game lead in the NFC East and with just two games separating them and last place (New York Giants). On paper, this looks like a good opportunity for the Cowboys to get back on track.