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Calls and no-calls throughout the game, especially against Trey Flowers, were crucial to the outcome between Detroit and Green Bay Monday night.
With another home win over a divisional opponent to begin the season, the Green Bay Packers moved to 5-1 and maintained their first place position in the NFC North standings. Despite trailing all game, the Packers took their most important lead in the final seconds to hand Detroit a demoralizing loss.
How the game got to that point was dramatic in itself.
Today’s rundown will feature plenty of reaction to the Lions’ controversial flags and poor luck before looking ahead to Detroit’s next matchup with Minnesota and Chicago’s first game after the bye.
Detroit Lions (2-2-1)
Lost 23-22 at Green Bay; Next vs. Minnesota
How will Detroit respond to a loss in which referee blunders helped decide the outcome? Time to focus on execution, according to Head Coach Matt Patricia.
The two most controversial calls of the ball game came against Trey Flowers, including one that helped seal a Green Bay victory. The defensive end was not too happy about it.
“Lions luck” sums up one writer’s view on how the game’s final quarter unfolded.
Chicago Bears (3-2)
Bye Week; Next vs. New Orleans
Chicago just might get its starting quarterback back in the fold without too much missed time.
Lack of creativity on offense, along with a struggling running game, have contributed to the Bears’ slow offensive start, even with a healthy Mitchell Trubisky.
5 things we heard from Bears defensive coaches, including Khalil Mack’s ‘little issue’ and Danny Trevathan’s continued impact
It might be a good idea to double-team Khalil Mack, even if he is dealing with a hip injury.
Minnesota Vikings (4-2)
Won 38-20 vs. Philadelphia; Next at Detroit
Two long touchdown passes to Stefan Diggs paved the way for a runaway Vikings victory over the Eagles.
Minnesota has the least amount of cap space left for this season of any NFL team.
Ahead of another divisional matchup, the Vikings’ skill position players lead the way for impact players to watch next weekend.