Heading into Week 5, the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings were tied with matching records of 3-1. Sure, the Vikings had a tiebreaker over Green Bay due to their Week 1 win, but the two seemed to be on a collision course for their New Year’s Eve showdown at Lambeau Field.
Everything changed when the Green Bay Packers fell in London to the New York Giants, 27-22. With some second-half heroics from Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley, the New York Giants overcame a 20-10 halftime deficit to take the win and move to 4-1.
Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers fell to 3-2, and today’s Vikings game had massive implications for the division standings. At noon, just minutes after the Giants/Packers game ended, the Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to face the Chicago Bears at US Bank Stadium.
With a win, the Minnesota Vikings would also move to 4-1, earning themselves another full cushion game ahead of the Packers. Plus, they would skip two games over the Chicago Bears.
Obviously, this Vikings win cannot be assumed as the Bears have always provided a tough challenge for the team, no matter how talented either team is. That’s especially true with David Montgomery set to return to Chicago’s backfield.
Just as a Vikings win would be massive for Minnesota, a Bears win would once again create a three-team stalemate atop the NFC North at 3-2 between Chicago, Green Bay and Minnesota. With this game suddenly taking on such huge implications as we approach the midpoint of the NFL season, expect both teams to come out excited.
Josh Frey graduated in the Class of 2020 from the College of Idaho 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 enjoys training for a marathon, playing video games or supporting the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. For more of his takes, NFL and more, check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken