Around the NFC North 2022 Week 17

Here's what's happening this week and next with the teams in the NFC North.

What a great week in the NFC North. The Packers and Lions took care of business, the Bears still suck, and the Vikings were exposed like a Scooby Doo villain. The week sets up a win or go home match-up for Green Bay in week 18 against the Lions, who may also be playing for their playoff lives. Let's get into the games. 

Bears and Lions

The Lions beat up the Bears, 41-10. 

Game Notes

  • This game started fast for the Bears as Justin Fields amassed over 100 rush yards by the end of the first quarter but quickly fell out of control. By the end of the game, the Lions outgained the Bears 504 yards to 230. The Bears have just fallen apart. The Bears will likely draft a generational talent in the first round but remember they sent their second-round pick to the Steelers for Chase Claypool who had 1 target and 0 catches in this game. 
  • After that first quarter, Fields did next to nothing. He had just 7 completions on 21 attempts, was sacked 7 times, and didn't add many more rushing yards. Is it all that surprising? The Bears' leading receiver in the game was Cole Kmet who had 2 catches for 27 yards. Yeeesh. 
  • It looks better if you focus on the Lions' side of things. Jared Goff had a journeyman-like performance with QB rating of 133.6 thanks to 3 TDs and a completion percentage of 72%. The Sun god led the team in receiving with 62 yards and 10 different Lions had a catch. 
  • The rush offense was even better. Former Packer Jamaal Williams had 144 yards and a TD on 22 carries and D'Andre Swift added another 78 yards and a TD. 

 

 

Former Packers

  • Jamaal Williams broke out for his impressive total after a few down games and will likely breach the 1,000-yard rushing mark next week. 

Next Week

Who cares what the Bears are doing. 

The Lions take on the Packers on Sunday night and will make the playoffs if they win and the Seahawks lose. 

Vikings

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Game Notes

  • The Packers unmasked the Vikings in a game that wasn't as close as the final score of 41-17. Jaire Alexander shut down Justin Jefferson, the Vikings' o-line was dominated by TJ Slaton, and Za'Darius Smith's only notable moment was when he reportedly wouldn't shake Adrian Amos's hand in the coin flip line.  
  • Jaire took Jefferson away and Kirk Cousins didn't know what to do. He completed 18/31 passes (a few in garbage time) and had 3 picks. With Jefferson absent, only K.J. Osborn made an impact prior to garbage time. 
  • In the run game, Dalvin Cook was out-rushed by Cousins and averaged just 3 yards per carry. The game was admittedly out of hand for the Vikings almost immediately.   
  • The defense looked bad again and may be one of the league's ten worst.

 

 

Former Packers

  • Za'Darius Smith did make the state sheet this week with 3 tackles. Chandon Sullivan also had a couple tackles. 

Next Week

The Vikings will attempt to rebound against the Bears. 

 

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Mike Price is a lifelong Packers fan who recently moved form Utah to Stoughton (a Madison suberb). You can follow him on twitter at @themikeprice.

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Charvid's picture

January 03, 2023 at 01:04 pm

The Packers have held the last 4 opponents under 20 ppg….2 of them ( the Bears & the Rams) are no great accomplishments. But the Dolphins and the Vikings have real offenses with bona fide stars at WR ( plus Dalvin Cook).

The Lions don’t have the super stars, but statistically, are a challenge. We held them to 15 points a few weeks back. Their Defense is a mess and we should be able to put up a significant amount of points in them.

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T7Steve's picture

January 03, 2023 at 01:58 pm

Thanks Mike. You had me laughing with, "Who cares what the Bears are doing?" At least the Bears still suck!

The Lions don't suck, and this game is their chance to prove it. Put them in their place and send them packing (pun intended).

We could let Jamal get his 6 yards to go over 1000 for the year then shut him down.

Does anyone remember our starting O-line for the first Lions game? I know! I always go back to the trenches.

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13TimeChamps's picture

January 03, 2023 at 03:56 pm

Jamaal Williams, one of the true good guys in the NFL. Really glad to see the success he's having this year.

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croatpackfan's picture

January 04, 2023 at 03:36 am

10 upvotes from me 13TC. Comment like a Champ.

Jamaal Williams has 15 rushing TD and leading the NFL in that category. He needs two more to equal Barry Sanders record for most rushing TD in one season. He is already second behind Sanders 1991 and 1990 seasons (respectively 17 & 16).

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Guam's picture

January 03, 2023 at 03:59 pm

Watched the Lions - Bears game and Field got hurt early in the second quarter trying to run the ball. He played the rest of the game, but did not run it again. And passing the ball is not his best asset. Bears need to think long and hard about whether he is their QB of the future or if they want to draft Young, Stroud or one of other top rated college QBs.

And I am very happy the Bears got Claypool and not the Packers. Tomlinson and the Steelers rarely give up on young talent unless there is a problem and Claypool had quickly slid to #3 wideout in Pittsburgh this year. Something is not right with this guy.

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BirdDogUni's picture

January 03, 2023 at 08:13 pm

Heard we signed TE - Austin Allen. 6' 8" 255 lbs. Wingspan of a pterodactyl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KS0zoJ9urU

Looks twice as good as Deguara (3rd round pick) and he was an UDFA.

Could at least be a good Red Zone option for AR/JL...

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croatpackfan's picture

January 04, 2023 at 04:15 am

"... , the Vikings' o-line was dominated by TJ Slaton, and Za'Darius Smith's only notable moment was when he reportedly wouldn't shake Adrian Amos's hand in the coin flip line."

Mike, you and many fans are disdainfully talking about Packers DL dominance over Vikings OL. Personally, I would like to see that line composition vs much better OL, not one taped from 2nd and 3rd stringers in Viking depth chart. You obviously forget how Packers OL looks like when Packers had to play 2nd and 3rd stringers.

It is very good sign that Packers DL dominated vs that composition of the Vikings OL, because if they were not, that would be serious problem for Packers. I just hope that DL performance vs Viking will give lift to young guys on Packers DL (Slaton, Wyatt, Ford (if Ford will be playing)), and that they dominate Lions OL as well (maybe not that much obvious, but enough to make Goff nervous).

And, yes, I will cheer for Cardinals vs 49ers and Vikings at Bears vs Vikings, because that will clear the path for WC game vs Vikings again. I do not like chances of this Packers team vs 49ers. But who knows, if nothing else, injuries may made all those games unpredictable.

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Packers2020's picture

January 04, 2023 at 10:24 am

When did Aaron Rodgers talk trash about the Lions?

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