For the first time this season, there are two divisional matchups in the NFC North. The Chicago Bears travel to Minnesota to round out their season series against the Vikings. Both of those teams are coming off of tough losses last week and cannot afford another in this game.
The Detroit Lions come to Lambeau Field where they haven’t logged a victory in over 20 years to take on the Green Bay Packers in the Sunday night football matchup. Detroit suffered a gut-wrenching and last-second defeat at the hands of Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. The Packers were the only victorious team in the North this past week. The win helped them reclaim sole possession of first place in the divsion.
Here’s a sneak peak at each matchup and some storylines heading into the games.
Chicago Bears (8-4) at Minnesota Vikings (6-6)
The Bears are starting to feel the effects of their hard-fought season. They learned that they will be without long-time veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher for at least the next three weeks due to a hamstring injury. While Urlacher has been hampered by some bumps and bruises this season, there is no question the Bears defense is better with him on the field.