Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/23/12
It was another exciting week in the NFC North as the Packers, Vikings, and Bears all earned victories while the Lions fell to the cellar. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers passing game is back, but the rushing attack is goneThe Packers defeated the St. Louis Rams 30-20 on Sunday with Rodgers completing 30 of 37 passes for 342 yards and three passing touchdowns, but the Packers rushing game is all but non-existent with the loss of Cedric Benson.Alex Green rushed for 35 yards on 20 attempts, and the lack of a rushing game for the Packers has got to be a concern moving forward.  Randall Cobb did have one solid rush for 19 yards, and fullback John Kuhn added 3 runs for 16 yards, but the Packers will have to become more balanced if they hope to make it to the playoffs, and past the first round.Aaron Rodgers has found his rhythm in his last two games with 9 touchdown passes, but the Packers lost CB Charles Woodson to a broken collarbone in the game, and they will need to become a balanced team as they continue to lose key defensive players to injuries.The Minnesota Vikings overcome a horrible game from Christian PonderThe Minnesota Vikings hosted the Arizona Cardinals and emerged with a 21-14 victory after a terrible performance from QB Christian Ponder.  Ponder completed 8 passes on 17 attempts for a 58 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, and a passer rating of 35.5.Luckily, Adrian Peterson bailed out Ponder as he rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown and rookie safety Harrison Smith intercepted John Skelton and returned the ball for a touchdown to give the Vikings the victory.The Vikings have played well through the first seven weeks of the season, and they have overcome mistakes by playing well in all three phases of the game, but the real challenge for the Vikings will happen late in the season as they have their important divisional games late in the season.If the Vikings can continue to stay healthy, and they can reduce their mistakes, they have a shot at being a factor in the division, or at least as a wild card.The Lions Implode on Monday Night FootballFour turnovers from the Lions, two in the red zone, destroyed the Lions on Monday night against the Bears, as they lost 7-13.  Matthew Stafford continues to struggle to connect with Calvin Johnson.Stafford continues to put up plenty of yards, but he can't put up the points.  The Lions still make a huge number of mistakes as they drop further into the cellar of not only the NFC North, but of the entire NFC.The Chicago Bears do just enough to win on Monday nightThe Bears had 15 days to prepare for the game against the Lions.  They came out blazing with a quick touchdown from Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall, but the Bears' offense didn't do anything to speak of in the second half as they were held to one field goal against a Lions team that shot themselves in the foot repeatedly.Jay Cutler was body slammed by Ndamukong Suh late in the first half and came back into the game to show some serious toughness, but the hit did have an effect on Cutler for the rest of the game.The Bears' defense continues to create turnovers and give the offense opportunities, but the Chicago Bears offense has got to improve if they have any hope in making a run towards the Super Bowl.
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