An interesting factoid this afternoon from Tom Pelissero on Twitter – the NFC North went 4-0 on the week. With the Lions finally having won a game (their first since December 2007), I wondered just how far back you’d have to go to find the last time the North had such a good outing. Not counting bye weeks, the last time the NFC North went undefeated was Week 10 in 2005, when the Packers won their second of only four victories on the year. On that given Sunday, the Packers beat up on the Falcons, the Vikings beat the Giants, the Bears beat the 49ers, and the Lions held off the Cardinals.
Other Things That Happened While The Packers Are Playing:
- The Tennessee Titans are 0-3 after being overmatched by the New York Jets. Only 5 teams in the modern football era have made the playoffs after starting 0-3. Ouch.
- Looks like the Steelers continue to have trouble beating teams we faced the week before. Last week, the Bears. Today, they lost to the Cincinnati Bengals after Carson Palmer engineered a last-minute drive to beat the defending champions 23-20. It was the first time Ben Roethlisberger has lost in the state of Ohio (he’s a paltry 11-1 now). The Steelers are 1-2, while the Bengals are 2-1. 2-1!
- The Baltimore Ravens look mean, but wow, are the Cleveland Browns bad. The Ravens threw up 34 points and the Browns managed only a field goal in what turned out to be an exhibition of Joe Flacco’s arm and Willis McGahee’s goal-line runs. To no one’s surprise, Brady Quinn was benched halfway through the game.
- Chicago’s LB Hunter Hillenmeyer, playing in place of injured Brian Urlacher, left the game with a rib injury. The Bears, already thin at that position, are now going to be praying for a quick recovery, since any extended time off the field for Hillenmeyer would put the Bears without their top 3 LBs in a 4-3 defense. Talk about needing to dig deep into your roster.
If you’re not ready to be done with football for the weekend, the Sunday night game features the Colts and Cardinals, while the Cowboys and Panthers will be suiting up tomorrow night. Last little tidbit for you — Dallas is the only team that has yet to force a turnover, either by fumble or by interception. How about that?