The Vikings extended their division lead without playing

October 2, 2022; London, UK; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

The Minnesota Vikings are goodbye this weekso they could relax on Sunday and watch other teams go head-to-head before hosting the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8. Sitting on their couches this week, the Vikings actually extended their lead division over the rest of the NFC North.

Each of the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers fell Sunday afternoon, falling further behind the Vikings in the division standings.

The Packers lost to the Washington Commanders at FedEx Field, 23-21, and are now on a three-game losing streak for the first time since 2017. Green Bay actually lost three straight games twice that year. and finished 7-9.

That three-game losing streak has dropped Green Bay to 3-4 this season, and they’re officially 2.5 games behind the Vikings 5-1 in NFC North, and Minnesota hold the tiebreaker against facing against Green Bay.

This latest Packers loss is particularly bitter because it comes from the Commanders who entered this game with a 2-4 record, and they were without starting QB Carson Wentz. Instead, Taylor Heinicke came in and outplayed Aaron Rodgers for most of the day.

As for the Lions, they served as visitors to Jerry’s World when Dak Prescott returned to the football field after being injured. Dallas outplayed the Lions from start to finish and won 24-6. Detroit is now down 1-5 on the season and currently holds the NFL’s worst record.

While the Vikings are enjoying the last moments of their bye week before preparing for the Arizona Cardinals, there is still one NFC North team left to play in Week 7. The Chicago Bears are scheduled to face the Patriots of New England on Monday Night Football,

Like Detroit, the Bears are in danger of losing their fourth straight game after starting 2-1 this season. If Bailey Zappe and the Patriots are actually able to take down Justin Fields and the Bears, Chicago will fall to 2-5.

As for the Vikings, they will return to the field on October 30 against the Arizona Cardinals at US Bank Stadium.



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 marathon training, playing video games or supporting the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. For more of his opinions, check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.

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