(CBS Minnesota) — It’s already Week Four within the NFL, and the NFC North isn’t fairly shaking out as anticipated. The Chicago Bears and Inexperienced Bay Packers sit atop the division, each at 3-0. Whereas the Packers aren’t any shock, the Bears, to date led by an inconsistent Mitchell Trubisky, definitely are. Simply as attention-grabbing are the winless Minnesota Vikings, who appear on the verge of placing all of it collectively, however simply haven’t. After which there are the Detroit Lions, true to kind, nestled in between at 1-2.
How will Week Four shake out within the NFC North? Can the Bears keep undefeated as Nick Foles takes over below middle? Will the Vikings lastly put all of it collectively? CBS Minnesota sports activities anchor Norman Seawright III breaks down all of the matchups within the NFC North
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New Orleans Saints @ Detroit Lions, Sunday, October 4, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
The Lions have been lastly on the profitable finish of a last-minute drive capped by a game-winning subject purpose. Now, at 1-2, Detroit will host the Saints, who couldn’t fairly sustain with the Inexperienced Bay Packers in Week 3. The Saints welcome again Michael Thomas to an offense that has been driving the electrical Alvin Kamara.
“Anticipate a shootout,” says Seawright, “as a result of Alvin Kamara… sufficient mentioned. The person’s having some enjoyable.
His stats bear that out. “He leads the league in yards, touchdowns amongst non-quarterbacks, yards after catch, working again receiving yards,” Seawright factors out. “They’re going to game-plan for him rather a lot.”
The Saints will look to use the Lions’ weak run protection. The Lions have allowed 517 dashing yards by way of three video games, third worst within the NFL. They usually’ve achieved it at a 5.7 yards per carry clip, which is second worst. The Saints have struggled a bit working the ball, however Latavius Murray ought to discover loads of lanes in opposition to that Lions entrance seven.
The added offense ought to assist Drew Brees, who hasn’t fairly appeared like himself this season. “It’s an enormous constructive for Drew Brees,” says Seawright, “as a result of, for all of the speak of him being washed [up], a weak arm, no matter, it would take a number of the stress off of him. And if Michael Thomas comes again, they will unfold the offense much more. And that’s much more enjoyable. And Brees hasn’t clearly thrown something very lengthy this season, he could not should.”
The sting could go to the Saints, however the Lions have the momentum coming off their first win in 11 video games. And Matthew Stafford has the weapons to assault a suspect Saints passing protection that’s already allowed eight receiving touchdowns.
Minnesota Vikings @ Houston Texans, Sunday, October 4, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
The winless Texans had the misfortune of opening the season in opposition to three of the NFL’s finest groups –the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. The winless Vikings can’t say that, although shedding to Aaron Rodgers and the Inexperienced Bay Packers is hardly a sin. This week, the Vikings and Texans will each look to seek out the win column and switch round seasons earlier than they begin to slip away.
The Vikings appear near pulling it collectively. “The Vikings do like to run,” says Seawright. “However you’ll be able to’t do this with out passing successfully. And the Vikings haven’t but settled on that this season. They haven’t fairly gotten there with the consistency. We noticed some flashes in opposition to the Titans with Justin Jefferson. What an incredible catch he had. So, in the event that they’re capable of rush, they should open that passing sport up to allow them to get that working sport occurring. As soon as they get each of these issues working in sync… once more, consistency is the issue. In the event that they’re capable of pull that off, they’ll be wonderful.”
However cross safety has been a serious subject for the Vikings. “Kirk Cousins has been pressured rather a lot, which isn’t essentially his fault,” says Seawright. “However the way in which he handles it’s a little bit extra his fault. He has issues not surrendering the play when he’s pressured. We do see him attempting to run, scramble a bit of bit, prolong the play. However he’s nonetheless getting there.”
Deshaun Watson is a a lot better at dealing with stress, which is lucky for the Texans as a result of their cross safety has been horrible. The Texans have allowed 13 sacks by way of three video games, tied for second-worst within the NFL.
With all this speak concerning the passing sport, the distinction may come all the way down to the bottom sport. Dalvin Cook dinner is coming off a 22-carry, 181-yard efficiency and will likely be going through a Texans protection that has points defending the run. The Vikings, who allowed Derrick Henry to pile up 119 yards on 26 carries, aren’t that a lot better.
Indianapolis Colts @ Chicago Bears, Sunday, October 4, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
The Bears are undefeated at 3-0, however starter Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t been the explanation why. To date he’s thrown for simply 560 yards in opposition to three defenses — the Falcons, New York Giants and Lions — that may be be exploited. So this week Nick Foles, after coming in off the bench final week, would be the starter in Chicago.
He’ll face a Colts cross protection that excels in each pressuring the quarterback and defending within the secondary. Xavier Rhodes, who already has two interceptions with a pick-six, is making the Vikings remorse they ever let him go.
The Colts have their very own new beginning quarterback this season in Philip Rivers. The longtime Los Angeles Charger opened with a 36-46, 363-yard outing in Jacksonville and has been constant since. “The Colts do properly with defending Philip Rivers, and he’s actually good at studying defenses,” says Seawright.
However he hasn’t confronted protection but this season that may get after him just like the Bears. “The sport will likely be good,” says Seawright. “However I don’t suppose the Bears are going to lose this one.”
Atlanta Falcons @ Inexperienced Bay Packers, Monday, October 5, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
The Falcons preserve discovering new and thrilling methods to lose. It’s type of attention-grabbing to see what they’ll provide you with this week. Atlanta followers, to not point out the gamers, most likely don’t see it that approach. “It simply looks like nothing goes proper for the Falcons this season,” says Seawright. “And it’s exhausting for anyone, together with the Falcons followers, to anticipate that to vary, which I do know is painful.”
The potential for one more heartbreaking loss exists once more this week, once they head to Inexperienced Bay to face the undefeated Packers. Aaron Rodgers isn’t any stranger to the comeback win, or, frankly, simply profitable typically. He’s lighting up defenses once more this season, tossing 9 touchdowns in opposition to zero interceptions, with a QB ranking of 121.1 to date this season. And he’ll welcome again main receiver Davante Adams this week, which is able to simply make Rodgers all that extra harmful.
“This will likely be a high-scoring sport as properly,” Seawright predicts. “However Aaron Rodgers doesn’t flip the ball over like Matt Ryan does. Each are superb quarterbacks, however Rodgers finds methods to not flip the ball over. He’s acquired to by way of the ball away or examine down, no matter he must do. He simply doesn’t actually hand over an entire lot of turnovers. Controlling, defending the soccer will likely be key. And Inexperienced Bay is superb at that.”
Can the Falcons discover the win column? It gained’t be simple in opposition to a Packers crew that leads the league in scoring and is second in complete offense to date.