Around the NFC North: Week 4

Around the NFC North

This week features a Packers bye, a divisional matchup and a trip to London

As is usually the case, we find ourselves looking back at the past three weeks and realizing how quickly the NFL season seems to fly by.  After this week, a quarter of the 2013 season will be done.

With the Green Bay Packers on the early bye week and a divisional matchup between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, there are only two games to take a look at this week.  The other features the Minnesota Vikings hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in London and Wembley Stadium.

This marks the second time in the last three seasons that a NFC North team has traveled to London.  In 2011, the Bears defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in front of over 80,000 fans.

It is always worth noting that a team that his “hosting” a game in the UK is foregoing a game at their home stadium as well as dealing with a longer travel week.  This remains one of the reasons that we are not likely to see the Packers appear in this game anytime soon.

Imagine giving up one of the eight Sunday experiences in Green Bay.  It could happen in the future as the league pushes to grow their brand and urge more popular teams to appear at this venue, but for now, the Packers will be in Green Bay for all eight of their home games.

Let’s dive into this week’s matchups around the NFC North.

Chicago Bears (3-0) at Detroit Lions (2-1)

The Bears are looking to start off 4-0 for the first time in seven years and appear to be inspired by their new head coach Marc “Willy Wonka” Trestman.  The Bears offense has been more productive and quarterback Jay Cutler looks to be benefiting from having an offensive-minded guy at the helm.  Cutler has six touchdown passes to three interceptions on the season and his quarterback rating (94.2) is up above his career average (84.4).

Chicago barely got by the Bengals in week one and division-rival Vikings in week two before hitting the road and beating the Steelers this past week.  Still, wins are what matter and Chicago leads the North with three.



AllGreenBayPackers.com Fantasy Football League: Week 4 Update & Power Rankings

AllGBP.com Fantasy Football LeagueWelcome to our weekly update for the AllGreenBayPackers.com Fantasy Football League! For those that are unaware, the AllGBP.com staff started a league this year to see who could take home the trophy between them and some of their readers. Please continue to check back each week as the drama unfolds, and don’t at all hesitate to throw around the smack talk! Who knows . . . maybe you could be throwing down the gauntlet with us next season.

Week 4 Results:

Jordy’s Stiff Arm (105.46) over Cheeseheads (66.86)
St. Cecilia’s HS (137.86) over TouchedByTedThompson (102.32)
Rockwood Lodge (118.28) over Finley Named My Kids (87.46)
The Gilbert Browns (114.24) over Milwaukee Packers (85.76)
Lambeau’s Legends (159.74) over Calvinball (116.32)
SuperBowl or Bust (125.20) over Salute Your Jorts (108.30)


Writers Division

  1. The Gilbert Browns, Adam Czech (4-0-0)
  2. Rockwood Lodge, Marques Eversoll (2-2-0)
  3. St. Cecilia’s HS, “Jersey” Al Bracco (2-2-0)
  4. Salute Your Jorts, Kris Burke (2-2-0)
  5. Jordy’s Stiff Arm, Chad Toporski (2-2-0)
  6. Calvinball, Thomas Hobbes (1-3-0)

Readers Division

  1. Finley Named My Kids, Sam (3-1-0)
  2. Lambeau’s Legends, Henry (2-2-0)
  3. SuperBowl or Bust, Earl (2-2-0)
  4. Cheeseheads, Matt (2-2-0)
  5. TouchedByTedThompson, Ian (1-3-0)
  6. Milwaukee Packers, gbmb34 (1-3-0)

Power Rankings

  1. Lambeau’s Legends (Up 4) – They’ve taken the top spot this week in our power rankings, but it may not be for long. Their boom or bust performances are about as consistent as the Chicago Bears right now, so they’ll have to show some more consistency if they want to stay number one.
  2. Rockwood Lodge (Same) – The model of consistency, teams will need to bring their “A” game when facing The Rock. Their weekly point production is about as close of a shot grouping as you can get, and they just handed the Readers division leader their first loss of the season.
  3. Finley Named My Kids (Down 2) – We knew it would happen eventually, but Finley Named My Kids finally dropped a game this week. Too bad for them it was against one of their biggest competitors in the power rankings. Until they can prove otherwise, The Rock owns them.
  4. The Gilbert Browns (Same) – Perhaps the only undefeated team in the league should be ranked higher, but they once again had a soft match-up that was not difficult to overcome. Can they prove their doubters wrong, or do they prefer to play with that chip on their shoulder? We’ll see.


Week 4: Around the NFC North

Christian Ponder

QB Christian Ponder has led the surprising Vikings to a 2-1 record

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.



Packers vs. Saints Week 4 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

Week 4: Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 1-2 Green Bay Packers 35-21
Hell hath no fury like a scorned Aaron Rodgers.  The Saints currently have the worst defense in the league but don’t underestimate Drew Brees.  A fired up home crowd will also do the Packers favors
“Jersey” Al Bracco 1-2 Green Bay Packers 38-20
I can feel the fury coming. It will engulf New Orleans Saints on Sunday and send the Saints marching out as big losers. If emotion counts for anything in football, and I believe it counts for a lot, the Saints are in big trouble…
Adam Czech 2-1 Green Bay Packers 31-23
The Packers offense has to get going against the Saints, right? Combine that with all the anger and rage built up from Monday night and this should be a blowout win for the Packers, right? Unfortunately, the Saints still have Drew Brees, so this one won’t be easy. I see the Packers winning, though. God, they better win.
Marques Eversoll 1-2 Green Bay Packers 34-27
The Saints haven’t been able to stop a nose bleed this season, and the Packers have only scored 57 points through three games. Something’s gotta give. I’m pretty confident that the Packers’ offense will get on track, and the defense will keep the Saints’ offense out of the endzone just enough to get the win. I think it’ll be close, but the Packers win.
Thomas Hobbes 1-2 Green Bay Packers 28-21
As bad as the Packers got suckered punched last week, the Saints are perhaps the only team to have been shafted even more this season.  Simply put, the New Orleans Saints are a talented team with no direction; if they can somehow find enough leadership to put out their full potential, they can totally beat the Packers.  But if the last three weeks of play from the Saints is any indication the Packers, who will be playing angry, should win this game
Jason Perone 0-3 Green Bay Packers 28-23


Watch the Video: Week 4 of Packers’ Donald Driver on Dancing With the Stars: Paso Doble

Week 4 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Lets see how Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd perform the Paso Doble to of all things, Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze:

Donald and Peta received a  total score of 27, a 9 from Carrie Ann Inaba, a 9 from Len Goodman and a 9 from Bruno Tonioli.  Driver’s score has improved with each performance,  going from 21 in week 1, to 24 in week 2, to 26 in week 3 to 27 tonight.


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Packers vs. Broncos: 5 Observations from Green Bay’s 49-23 Romp Over Denver

Rick Wood, JSOnline

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for four touchdowns and ran two others in, as he led the undefeated Packers (4-0) to a 49-23 win over the Denver Broncos (1-3) on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field.

Here are five observations from the game:

1. He’s pretty good

It’s almost hard to put into words how well Rodgers played against the Broncos on Sunday, but let’s try our best: His 408 yards were four more than his previous career high of 404 against the Giants, which also marked the start of the Packers’ current 10-game winning streak. The six total touchdowns were a personal best. The four passing touchdowns tied a career high, and he became the first Packers’ quarterback to run for two touchdowns in a game since Brett Favre did it in 1995 against the Cowboys. He became the first quarterback in NFL history with 400 yards, four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in one game. If a ball that went off the hands of James Jones in the fourth quarter falls to the turf, Rodgers would have finished with a passer rating of 145.5. That would have been the second-best rating in a game in his career, behind only his 155.4 showing vs. Cleveland in ’09. Still, his 134.5 rating against the Broncos was his fifth-best career rating and will bump his NFL-leading rating in 2011 to 124.6. Peyton Manning has the NFL record for passer rating in a season at 121.1. Rodgers is on pace for 56 total touchdowns (48 passing, 8 rushing) and 5,300 passing yards in 2011.

Finally, take a look at Rodgers’ stat line during the Packers’ 10-game winning streak: 3,052 yards, 26 passing touchdowns, five interceptions, four rushing touchdowns and a passer rating of 117.6. Yeah, I think that Rodgers guy is pretty good.

2. Six pack

You didn’t really think I was done gushing over Rodgers’ performance on Sunday after one observation, did you? Not even close. Let’s break down his six touchdowns.

Rodgers to Nelson, 50 yards: It was a tremendous route by Jordy, as he ran past the cornerback and then got safety Brian Dawkins to turn his hips the wrong way. It was over at that point, but Rodgers put an absolutely perfect ball on Nelson for the score. He couldn’t have thrown it any better.



Packers vs. Broncos Week 4 Game Predictions from AllGreenBayPackers.com

Week 4: Green Bay Packers vs. Denver Broncos
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 3-0 Green Bay Packers 31-17
I don’t think it will be as big a blowout as everyone is thinking.  Green Bay scores enough despite an aggressive Broncos pass rush a Orton’s struggles continue and the cries for Tebow get louder.
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“Jersey” Al Bracco 3-0 Green Bay Packers 38-13
As the Packers romp, will Tim Tebow see some action on Sunday? Who knows and who cares. Packers roll to 4-0.
Adam Czech 2-1 Green Bay Packers 33-17
Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil (if he plays) will be a nice test for Clifton and (if Bulaga is out) Newhouse, but the Packers still cruise to 4-0.
Thomas Hobbes 3-0 Green Bay Packers 27-16
I don’t really suspect much resistance from the Broncos and if the Packers gain a early double digit lead, I can see them slowing down the game and start playing the clock.  The score ends up closer than the game.
Zach Kruse 1-2 Green Bay Packers 27-10
The Packers could have some problems with the Broncos pass rush, especially with Elvis Dumervil likely to play Sunday. They haven’t faced a combination of rushers like Dumervil and Von Miller yet this season, and they’ll be missing RT Bryan Bulaga. It’s hard to see the Broncos’ slow, plodding offense scoring enough to keep this game close, however.
Chad Toporski 3-0 Green Bay Packers 34-24
Denver allowed 20+ points to both Oakland and Cincinnati, neither of which have very high-powered offenses. Aaron Rodgers and Co. should have a field day back on their home turf, with the Broncos managing some garbage points.

Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for AllGreenBayPackers.com. You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporski