Around the NFC North 2022 Week 18

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

Well, the season is over for each team but the Vikings. Soon it will likely be over for them as well. Of course, now that the Packers are out, Aaron Rodgers could be leaving, and we'll have another year of deficient defense next season, really, the only thing we have is rooting against the Vikings (and 49ers) next week. How did we get here?

Bears and Vikings

The Bears' tank season ended with a 29-13 loss to the Vikings. 

Game Notes

  • The Bears somehow managed to sneak into the first overall pick thanks to maybe the strangest-ever season-ending game for the Texans. Will they bet on Justin Fields? Will they spend their $100 million hoard of cap space? It likely doesn't matter, they'll still be bad next year. 
  • Kirk Cousins threw for 225 yards and a TD on 20 attempts and Dalvin Cook managed just 37 yards on 11 carries. It was a ho-hum performance against a bad team, but the Vikings didn't need much more. 
  • Justin Jefferson added 4 catches for 38 yards and sadly fell short of Calvin Johnson's season-long mark and far short of the 2k yards in a season mark that has never been reached. 
  • The Vikings take on the Giants in Minnesota next week. They beat the Giants just a few weeks ago and will be favored. Have to think Brian Daboll and co will have some unexpected plays cooked up this week. I probably wouldn't bet on the game either way, but don't be surprised if Minnesota ends up with a first-round exit. Of course, don't be surprised if Jefferson and Cook both have 200 yards and the Vikings pull out an easy victory. 

Detroit Lions

The Lions took it to the Packers, ending their season with a 20-16 victory. 

Game Notes

  • I usually don't buy into the "one team wanted it more than the other" thing, but it just seemed like the Lions wanted this game more. Every time you looked up, one of the league's worst defenses was pressuring Aaron Rodgers while shutting down each receiver not named Christian Watson. While the Packers were making stupid mistakes like fumbling the ball or shoving a trainer, the Lions were choosing the right time to go for it on 4th down and coming close to ending the game with a hook and ladder play. Of course, if Rodgers is able to step into that last throw the Christian Watson and Watson somehow comes down with it, we're probably not even bringing up the Packers' deficiencies. 

  • Jared Goff didn't have a great performance, with a QB rating of just 85.9 and Kalif Raymond led the team in receiving yards. The offense did just enough to win while the defense stymied Aaron Rodgers despite stymieing no one else this season. 

  • It was nice to see Jamaal Williams hit 1,000 yards on the season and break the Detroit record for touchdowns. He looks like he has more burst now than he did in Green Bay and may have performed well enough this season to get an RB1 contract this off-season. 

  • The Lions have a big off-season coming up. Both of their coordinators will be interviewing for head coach positions and they should probably decide if Jared Goff is going to be the guy going forward. They also need to add 5 or 6 new starters on defense (despite shutting down the Packers).

 

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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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Razer's picture

January 10, 2023 at 01:28 pm

The NFC North will go through Detroit next year. Too much talent, well coached and tough. The Vikings have become the next finesse team in the division and should perform well in the regular season then suck when the competition stiffens. The Packers don't know who they are or who is running the show. The Bears - well the Bears suck. Changing of the guard unfortunately.

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splitpea1's picture

January 10, 2023 at 02:02 pm

Too bad the Lions didn't get into the playoffs, because it sure feels like they were a lot more deserving (and entertaining) than the Seahawks; it would have probably made for a more interesting playoff contest with SF as well. But unfortunately for the Lions, the entire season counts, not just the second half.

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Ima Payne's picture

January 10, 2023 at 06:01 pm

The Seahawks had a god on their side with the refs. Five call could have gone against them and should have an the refs refused to throw a flag.

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Booner's picture

January 10, 2023 at 02:20 pm

Packers could not block or tackle brutally out coached. Clean house starting with the arm flapping wienie head coach! He sucks!

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Mr_Bill_H's picture

January 10, 2023 at 02:22 pm

He could he leave out a comment about Dan Campbell's nose??

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T7Steve's picture

January 10, 2023 at 02:25 pm

The Bears: Who cares? You still have me chuckling about that comment from last week, Mike.

The Vikings: Better luck next year. Or the year after. Or the year after.

The Lions: Everyone saw this coming by the way they played last year. I was actually surprised at the slow start this season.

The Packers: Created the trajectory that the Vikings are in now.

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Ima Payne's picture

January 10, 2023 at 06:00 pm

Mike they pulled their starters before half time in case your didnt know that. Unlike the packers they won most of their games and played hard and had talent to burn. If they wouldnt have brought the wrong cleats to lambeau they would have kicked our ass a second time this year.
Just get used to the Vikings owning the packers the next two decades, its going to fn get ugly for this team. The fans have no idea until next year comes.

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