November Might Decide The NFC North
NFC North is not the best conference in the National Football League. But it’s one of two divisions where you can truly say it’s up for grabs in Week 10. The other resides in the AFC South. The North is competitive, and the teams all have question marks including the Green Bay Packers. Right now, the Chicago Bears have the lead in the North, but that could all change in the coming weeks as the Bears face division opponents for the next three weeks. For Detroit, it’s three of their next four games and Minnesota, they play three straight plus a bye. Green Bay is the only team without multiple division games in November. We’ll know much more about the NFC North in a month.
Detroit is hanging on a by a thread. If they can turn it around against Chicago after a woeful performance in Minnesota, Lions still have a shot at this thing. If they lose, it’s likely curtains for Matt Patricia’s bunch. Detroit would likely need to run the table to even have a shot at the division, and that looks daunting with multiple division games left plus Los Angeles on the schedule.
Minnesota knows that all eyes will be on them. Either the Vikings make a run at the postseason by beating Chicago and Green Bay both in primetime to retain the supremacy in the NFC North, or they have to sweat out a playoff berth with a back-to-back road trip to New England then Seattle. That’s not easy for Minnesota. They’ll need to at least go 1-1 against Chicago and Green Bay to likely have a shot at the division crown.
Bears are trying to return to glory. The hype is real around this team, and they disposed of New York then Buffalo in the last two weeks. Now, the spotlight goes on them. They were flexed into primetime then turn around to play on Thanksgiving versus Detroit. If the Bears can keep their winning ways, the division might be in the bag by late November, and we could potentially talk about Chicago getting a first round bye.
Green Bay lurks in the third position. Packers need a division win badly versus Minnesota late in the month as they’re currently 1-1-1 in the North. But with the lack of divisional opponents in November, Green Bay needs to take care of business, and let the others beat up on themselves. Packers finish with 3 of their last 5 at Lambeau Field.
We also remember people have thought the NFC North was decided in late November then things changed like a late Aaron Rodgers surge to the playoffs.