The back half of the 2013 NFL schedule is officially underway. In the NFC North, there is currently a three-way tie for first place with the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers all knotted up at 5-3. The Minnesota Vikings still have only one win to seven losses.
The big news out of the division was the Bears’ 27-20 win over the Packers on Monday night. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was hurt early in that game and did not return. On Monday, it was confirmed that Rodgers has a broken collarbone, but will not require surgery. He will miss some time and that exact timetable is unknown. Normally one player’s injury isn’t as noteworthy, but this is one that could very well shift power within the division.
Green Bay appeared to be in the driver’s seat to win the North with upcoming games against the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Detroit Lions. Now, they just need to find a way to survive and hope that Rodgers misses minimal time. The Packers aren’t the same team without Rodgers, regardless of who is backing him up. With Seneca Wallace, their offense didn’t even resemble a shell of itself on Monday night.
Let’s take a look at this week’s games, which features another good divisional matchup between the Lions and Bears.