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NFC North Week in Review – Week 7 (As of 25 July 2021)

Chicago Bears

Ho Ho Ho, make that two in a row. The Bears, led by gun-slinger K. Murray’s 361 yards through the air, put a nail in the Lions’ season as they soundly defeated the lost boys 28 to 21. Listen, don’t let the score fool you as this contest was never close. Anytime the Bears do bear-like things, dial up blitzes at the most opportune time, hold opponents to under 40 yards rushing (in this case it was 14 for the Lions), and convert in upwards of 40 percent of their third down conversion, they will win… no doubt about it. Offensively speaking, eight different Bears had receptions; Harris had another “20 plus touch” game that totaled 84 yards. With this week’s home win, the Bears are now back in the playoff conversation, a talk they hope will remain until start of the post season.

Minnesota Vikings

The struggling Vikings made their way to 1 Bills Drive, Orchard Park, New York and probably wish they’d stayed at home and just simply forfeited citing Covid-19 outbreak amongst unvaccinated players on the active roster… probably would have been easier, but that was not the case. Coach Stephen and boys suffered another sound defeat at the hands of Bills QB J. Burrow, who on that day, had the guts of a burglar, pretty much taking what he wanted, when he wanted, from the Vikings’ defense. Need specifics? Ok, how about 24 of 31 for 431 yards through the air, with second year standout, J. Reagor snagging 9 of completions for a career high 217 yards and 2 tugs. More evidence of carnage can be found inside the rushing stat line in which Vikings allowed 163 yards on 39 attempts. Something needs to be done soonest if they hope to stand a chance at victory versus the Bears next week. Honestly speaking, I expect more of the same.

Detroit Lions

Would appear the only thing Detroit did well was meet league minimum rushing requirements of 12 per game as they logged 13 on the afternoon, five coming on the last drive of the game during “garbage time.” The bright spot of this ball club continues to be the play of rookie quarterback P. Ramsey who had another multi-touchdown game reaching paydirt via strikes to TE Hockenson and WR Lamb who had season highs for both receptions (8) and yards (126). MLB McKinney, who the Lions signed to a monster one year deal in free agency worth $12.5, led the team in tackles with seven (26 on the year). The head coach was unavailable for comments following, yet another, devastating loss.

Green Bay Packers

The PFL’s Game of the Week, entitled the Battle of the Undefeated, did not disappoint as Coach Pete and his red-hot Dolphins upset the Packers 22 to 20 in a contest that pitted one the most talented defensive secondaries against league MVP front runner A. Rogers. Time of possession proved to be the determining factor in this contest with Miami winning 25:06 minutes to 18:54. I point this out in order to offer the following hypothesis; had the aforementioned stat line been reversed, then to would’ve been the score. Player of the game honors went to Miami kicker Jonathan Brown and the 16 points produced by his right foot. Noteworthy, QB J. Rosen’s super command of the offense (368 yards through the air and a score) ensured every possession, but one, resulted in points. Look for the Green Bay to rebound next week against a Washington Football Team that happens to be super loaded on the offensive side of the ball and has a decent front seven but just can’t seem to keep their opponents from putting up crazy points, like the 60 against the Eagles, or the 38 versus the Titans, 34 against the Giants… you get the point.

Tracey Hales
PFL, NFC North
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