This week features a Packers bye, a divisional matchup and a trip to London
As is usually the case, we find ourselves looking back at the past three weeks and realizing how quickly the NFL season seems to fly by. After this week, a quarter of the 2013 season will be done.
With the Green Bay Packers on the early bye week and a divisional matchup between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, there are only two games to take a look at this week. The other features the Minnesota Vikings hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in London and Wembley Stadium.
This marks the second time in the last three seasons that a NFC North team has traveled to London. In 2011, the Bears defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in front of over 80,000 fans.
It is always worth noting that a team that his “hosting” a game in the UK is foregoing a game at their home stadium as well as dealing with a longer travel week. This remains one of the reasons that we are not likely to see the Packers appear in this game anytime soon.
Imagine giving up one of the eight Sunday experiences in Green Bay. It could happen in the future as the league pushes to grow their brand and urge more popular teams to appear at this venue, but for now, the Packers will be in Green Bay for all eight of their home games. Read more... (1379 words + 3 images, estimated 5:31 mins reading time)
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by Jason Perone
Around the NFC North in week 17
In week 17, The NFL is getting what it always hopes for when they create the schedule each spring. Each of this week’s NFC North matchups have playoff implications and there is another NFL record in jeopardy.
After the Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s single-season receiving yardage record last week, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has the single-season rushing record in his sights. Peterson needs just 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson’s record of 2,105 yards.
Peterson’s Vikings host the Green Bay Packers and that game has been flexed by the NFL to the 3pm CDT time slot. It is setting up to be one of the better matchups around the league. Green Bay can secure the second seed with a victory or both a San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks loss. For the Vikings, it’s simple: win and they’re in.
The Chicago Bears are still alive in the wild card race after beating the Arizona Cardinals. Chicago travels to Detroit and must win to keep any hopes alive of securing the last wild card spot. The Bears also are in the precarious position of having to cheer for their arch enemy Packers. Should Bears win and the Packers beat the Vikings, the Bears would claim the sixth and final seed in the NFC.
Let’s look at the matchups and playoff scenarios a bit more closely. Read more... (1548 words + 3 images, estimated 6:12 mins reading time)