Week 3 in the NFC North offers some opportunities for teams to make a statement as they near the end of the season’s first quarter. The matchups are headlined by a Monday Night contest in Seattle where the Seahawks (1-1)will host the Green Bay Packers (1-1). The Packers look to make a statement with a tough road win and re-solidify themselves as top contenders for their division and in the NFC. The Seahawks are at home again after a solid win against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.
The Chicago Bears (1-1) will play host to the St. Louis Rams (1-1) and new Head Coach Jeff Fisher. Both teams are dealing with injuries to and may be without their starting running backs. Each looks to get over .500 and build some momentum.
The Detroit Lions (1-1) head to Tennessee (0-2) to take on a struggling Titans team that is 0-2. The Titans are struggling on offense led by star running back Chris Johnson, who averages less than a yard per carry so far in 2012. They are searching for their first win of the season. The Lions are coming off a tough loss at San Francisco this past Sunday night. Lions All-Pro WR Calvin Johnson leads the team in catches but has yet to find the end zone.
The Minnesota Vikings (1-1) are at home and are visited by the San Francisco 49ers (2-0). The 49ers look to continue their roll over the NFC North, having already beaten the Packers in week 1 and the Lions last week. Their smash-mouth defense and efficient offense make them a very tough matchup for any opposing team. The Vikings return home and look to increase the work load of their star running back Adrian Peterson. A win over the staunch 49ers would create quite a stir in the NFC North and catapult the Vikings into the conversation as division contenders.