The problem with the NFC North is that other than the Champion, I don't see a second team making the playoffs...their schedules are brutal in playing the AFC East and NFC East and each other. I still think the Pack are the favorites for the North
At this rate, it isn't going to matter who wins. None of the NFC North teams are looking like they'd make it through a real playoff game, including the Packers. I had really high hopes for all four teams this year and am shocked at how bad they all are. Honestly, the Lions are playing as well as the Packers, Vikings, or Bears in the games I've seen - just not finishing teams off at the end.
Like yesterday, they had four field goals in what, 10 minutes? If any one of those goes for a TD instead, they win the game. They should have won the Bears game if not for a goof call - one or two plays different and they could be 2-2 right now.
The Vikings run game looks good and the defense is okay, though not as good as expected. If Favre gets going, they will be tough again. They have some catching up to do now though with just one win.
Personally, I don't think the Bears have looked good in any of their four games. They have had some good plays, but Cutler is erratic and they really don't have a rushing attack. And if Cutler is out for any length of time, they are screwed.
The Packers had an impressive first half yesterday on both sides of the ball, but they were terrible in the second half. They couldn't make any forward progress on offense and the defense was giving up tons of yardage. To the Lions. Ugh. The only saving grace is that they were holding Detroit to FGs. They will not go anywhere in the playoffs unless they can find a run game somewhere.