Exciting Week 1 Games Across the Division

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Za’Darius Smith (55) celebrates sacking Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers with teammate linebacker D.J. Wonnum during their football game Sunday, September 11, 2022, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Min. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Week 1 of the NFL season did not disappoint as there were a number of terrific games across the league. In particular, the NFC North had multiple exciting games in the NFL’s opening weekend. Now, as we head into Week 2, let’s take a look back at what happened around the division on Sunday.

Chicago Slides to Victory

It was a slop fest at Soldier Field when the Chicago Bears took on the San Francisco 49ers.Due to heavy rainfall, the playing surface had turned into the equivalent of a small pond, but it didn’t faze the Bears. Everyone has gone into this season doubting the Chicago Bears, and whether or not they surrounded Justin Fields with enough weapons, myself included.

None of it mattered on Sunday. After a bit of a slow start, Fields took advantage of a slippery, wet field to buy time in the backfield with his legs, and he made a number of strong throws to help secure a 19-10 victory over the 49ers. The offense celebrated the victory with a team victory slide through the wet end zone.

After beating one 2021 NFC playoff team, the Bears will have to go on the road next week and face another one on Sunday Night Football as they take on the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau.

The Lions Fall Just Short

The Detroit Lions simply couldn’t contain the Philadelphia Eagles offense on Sunday afternoon. After jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, the Lions allowed Jalen Hurts and the Eagles score 24 points in the second quarter and trailed 24-14 going into halftime.

Detroit allowed two more touchdowns in the third quarter, but they kept fighting back, largely on the legs of RB D’Andre Swift. Swift rushed for 144 yards and a score while fellow running back Jamaal Willaims added two more touchdowns out of the backfield.

Detroit trimmed the lead down to 38-35 with just under four minutes remaining in the game, but the run defense could not stop Philly. After a disappointing loss, the Lions now must host a Washington Commanders team that proved explosive this week.

JJettas Owns the Skies, Vikings Ground Rodgers

The only divisional matchup of the weekend was fought between the two teams that will likely battle for the division title to the end of the year. This time around, the Minnesota Vikings came out on top with a 23-7 victory, largely because of the connection between Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson.

Jefferson caught nine passes for 184 yards and a pair of touchdowns, beginning his journey for 2000 yards on a high note. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers struggled to connect with his new receivers for much of the afternoon. It didn’t help that Christian Watson dropped this pass that he could have walked into the end zone in the first quarter.

For Minnesota, this is a massive win as they hope to unseat the reigning division champs and make the playoffs for the first time since 2019. This week, they will head to Philadelphia and play the aforementioned Eagles on Monday Night Football. As for the Packers, they played just as poorly, if not worse, last season in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints. There’s very little reason to believe this team won’t figure things out as they head into a Sunday Night Football matchup against the Chicago Bears.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing as well as minors in History, Human Biology, and Journalism. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh‘s hobbies include training for a marathon, playing video games, and rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. For more of his takes, NFL and otherwise, check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken

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