The Packers and Vikings are still in search of their first win of the 2013 season
Week one is in the books and the NFC North split their games last week and finished 2-2. With the Minnesota Vikings playing the Detroit Lions, one team was sure to lose (or tie) and that team was the Vikings. The Chicago Bears got the win against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers fell just short in San Francisco against the 49ers.
Because Detroit’s win came against a divisional opponent, they are technically in first place with the Bears in second. But that’s beyond a side note after just one week. A lot will likely change over the course of the next 16 weeks.
Let’s jump into this week’s matchups, which features another inter-divisional matchup between the Vikings and Bears at Soldier Field. The Packers return home for their opener against the team from Washington DC and the Lions travel to Arizona to face the sunburned Arizona Cardinals.
Minnesota Vikings (0-1) at Chicago Bears (1-0)
The schedule makers were equally as kind to the Bears as they were harsh to the Vikings. Chicago gets their second straight home game to open the season while the Vikings not only face their second road game in a row, but a second straight divisional road game.
The argument could be made that Minnesota could benefit from having more home games later this season and getting some of these tougher games out of the way early. Chicago, on the other hand, will want to capitalize on this early home-field advantage and get a leg up in the division as well. Read more...(1752 words + 3 images, estimated 7:00 mins reading time)
With many NFC North divisional games approaching, I thought this might be a good opportunity to ask an intriguing question about this weekend’s matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears: Who do most Packers fans typically want to win this game? Let’s pretend that we’re in the land of make believe and that the natural answer of “neither” is not an option.
It would seem logical to think that the largest determiner is “which scenario helps the Packers most?” Obviously, the Bears are closest to the Packers in the divisional standings so it would seemingly benefit Green Bay more if the Vikings were to win. The Bears are the better team of the two as long as they have a healthy Jay Cutler at quarterback. They pose the bigger threat to the Packers’ chances of winning the division and with no guarantee of a wild card spot, getting into the playoffs at all.
Another argument could be made that the Vikings are already having a much better season than most thought and the Packers don’t want to have to contend with a hot Minnesota team when they finally meet in two weeks. Minnesota is still over .500 and has shown that they can play with any team on any given day. I cite their impressive win over the San Francisco 49ers earlier this season who, at the time, were undefeated and playing better than any other team at that point. The Vikes have also swept the Detroit Lions already this season. Read more...(798 words + 3 images, estimated 3:12 mins reading time)