T1. Green Bay Packers

  • Week 1 Game
    • Win vs. Chicago Bears, 24-23
  • Game Notes
    • The Packers dug themselves a hole in the going down by 17 without their starting quarterback heading into halftime. The offense was stagnant behind both Rodgers and Kizer to start the game which opened the door for Chicago to bust open the playbook and take chances. The Bears were able to muster up a field goal and a touchdown on offense early in the first half, but the Green Bay defense settled in and forced two punts and a turnover on downs. The defense led by new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine played well as they only gave up 16 points along with 294 total yards (155 passing, 139 rushing) and they will be tested with a supercharged receiving corps from Minnesota next week.
  • Standout Player
    • Quarterback, Aaron Rodgers
      • 20/30, 286 yards, 3 touchdowns
      • Rodgers was removed from the game in the first half with a knee injury.  From the outside looking in, it seemed as if Rodgers may have suffered another serious injury which would sideline him for an extended period of time.  However, with the Packers down 17-0, Rodgers emerged from the locker room in the second half and led the Packers to win the game with a 24-23 victory with three touchdowns.
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  • Week 2 Matchup
    • Sunday, September 16th, vs. Minnesota, 12:00 PM at Lambeau Field

T1. Minnesota Vikings

  • Week 1 Game
    • Win vs. San Francisco 49ers, 24-16
  • Game Notes
    • Kirk Cousins opened up his career with the Minnesota Vikings with a solid performance resulting in a win.  Cousins threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns with 102 of the yards going to Adam Thielen who led the team in receiving. Dalvin Cook disappointed some with his performance on the ground in his debut since coming off a torn ACL as he totaled 2.5 yards per carry and lost a fumble.  The Vikings looked great defensively as they got home for three sacks and hit Garoppolo nine times throughout the game which resulted in three interceptions. The Vikings face the Packers in their week two matchup and will be facing a hobbled Aaron Rodgers. Expect the Packers to bring maximum protection packages against the Vikings relentless pass rush.
  • Standout Player
    • Safety, Harrison Smith
      • 8 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery
      • Smith was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career after coming up huge in crucial opportunities in his week one matchup against Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers.  Smith intercepted a pass to end the game and scooped up a fumble on the goal line to take momentum away from the San Francisco offense.
Vikings Wire- USA Today
  • Week 2 Matchup
    • Sunday, September 16th, @ Green Bay, 12:00 PM at Lambeau Field

T3. Detroit Lions

  • Week 1
    • Loss vs. New York Jets, 48-17
  • Game Notes
    • The Lions got out to a great start with Diggs intercepting a pass and returning it for a touchdown, but that was one of the few bright spots for the Lions during the contest. Matt Stafford recorded four interceptions throughout the game and the team only totaled 39 yards on the ground. Defensively, there was little pressure up front after Ezekiel Ansah left the game with a shoulder injury.  Along with Ansah’s injury, TJ Lang and Darius Slay left the game with injuries as well. If any of these three are missing for an extended period of time, the Lions will struggle to find a replacement. Detroit faces off against the 49ers next week who dropped a close game against the Vikings.
  • Standout Player
    • Wide Receiver, Kenny Golladay
      • 7 receptions, 114 yards
      • Golladay recorded his first 100-yard receiving game and seemed to be the only consistent weapon for Matt Stafford on Monday.  Golladay also forced and recovered a fumble from Trumaine Johnson on an interception return.
ESPN Monday Night Football
  • Week 2 Matchup
    • Sunday, September 16th, @ San Francisco, 3:05 PM at Levi’s Stadium

T3. Chicago Bears

  • Week 1 Game
    • Loss @ Green Bay, 23-24
  • Game Notes
    • The two biggest additions of the Bears’ defense in Khalil Mack and Roquan Smith were on snap counts but made their presence as they both recorded sacks in their limited opportunities on the field.  The Bears showed tenacity on defense but missed opportunities to create turnovers down the stretch which cost them a game in which they were up 20-3 going into the fourth quarter. Offensively, the aggressive tendencies continued as new coach Matt Nagy brought his rendition of the Utah formation and Walter Camp’s T formation to attack the Packers’ defense in unorthodox ways. Though they got on the board early, the Bears stalled and only scored one offensive touchdown in the contest.  Mitchell Trubisky failed to hit open receivers that would have resulted in touchdowns while in the red zone on a few occasions which would have changed the result of the game. In essence, it seems as if the Bears are modeled after the 1985 team and are looking to roll with the punches of having an average quarterback and a stout defense. They will look to unleash Mack against Russell Wilson and the Seahawks next week.
  • Standout Player
    • Outside Linebacker, Khalil Mack
      • 3 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1 pass deflection, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 1 touchdown
      • Khalil Mack of the Chicago Bears posted a stat that only Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders had accomplished before as he recorded a forced fumble, interception, sack, and pass deflection in the same half.  The damage could have been so much more had he played the entire contest. Look for Mack to continue his success as rookie Roquan Smith works himself into the defense as well.
San Jose Mercury News
  • Week 2 Matchup
    • Monday, September 17th, vs. Seattle, 7:15 pm at Soldier Field


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