It’s hard to believe we’re already talking about week 4 and the NFL season will be a quarter done after this coming Monday Night game. It’s a busy week in the NFC North with some very good matchups to look forward to.
For the Green Bay Packers, week 4 is a very welcome sight. Need I even explain the who, what, when, where and why? They are eager to get that putrid taste out of their mouths after a very controversial loss on the final play in Monday Night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. They return home and host the 0-3 New Orleans Saints led by QB Drew Brees.
The Minnesota Vikings ride high into Detroit to face the Lions after having knocked off the previously undefeated and heavily favored San Francisco 49ers in Minnesota this past weekend. It is the first divisional game for both the Vikes and Lions this season. The Lions come into this game licking the wounds of a brutal overtime loss at Tennessee after scoring twice in the final :18 seconds to force the OT.
The Bears cap off the week with a Monday Night matchup in Dallas against the Cowboys. Both teams are coming off wins and strong performances in week 3. The winner of this one makes a strong statement as to their standing as a contender in the NFC.
And lastly, it must be mentioned that everyone is relieved (well at least everyone not in Seattle) and very happy to welcome back the union referees who agreed, this week, to a new CBA with the league. They officiated the Thursday night matchup between the Ravens and Browns and will be on hand for the full slate of NFL games this weekend.
Minnesota Vikings (2-1) at Detroit Lions (1-2)
The Vikings have thrown a few surprises at us all so far in this young season. Adrian Peterson did in fact return in time for the season opener and he is already having a productive season. He has 230 yards on 58 carries and 2 TD’s. Riding that production, the Vikes find themselves in first place in the NFC North for the first time since the end of the 2009 season. They stunned the San Francisco 49ers this past weekend and handed them their first loss of the year. The Vikes will be a team to watch having found some early success after entering the season as heavy favorites to finish last in the division.