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Notes From The North: Week 11




A look at how the rest of the NFC North fared in Week 11 action.

Detroit Lions:
Arizona 14, Detroit 6
* Record: 7-3*

In a defensive slugfest between two of the top teams in the NFC, the Lions were unable to make enough offensive plays down the stretch to come away with the victory. Matthew Stafford threw for just 183 yards, as the Detroit offense was held without a touchdown for the first time since 2009. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Lions.

Detroit's defense had two interceptions and held Arizona off the scoreboard after the first quarter, but the early deficit the Lions found themselves in proved to be too much to overcome. Stafford's counterpart – former Lion Drew Stanton – threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns, both to Michael Floyd.

Green Bay Packers
Green Bay 53, Philadelphia 20
* Record: 7-3

Can anyone slow down the Aaron Rodgers machine? Doesn't appear so. Rodgers threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns as Green Bay rolled in a blowout win against the leaders of the NFC East. The game was all but decided before halftime, as the Packers' offense scored on their first four drives of the contest. Both of Rodgers' top targets – Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb – finished with more than 100 receiving yards.

The Packers defense also stepped up with a strong performance. Green Bay sacked Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez three times, forced two fumbles and had two interceptions. Two of the turnovers were brought back for touchdowns, as Julius Peppers had a 52-yard interception return and Casey Hayward had a 49-yard fumble recovery.

Green Bay's defense also stepped up, with four sacks and two interceptions in the game. One of the picks, by Casey Hayward, was returned 82 yards for a touchdown.

Minnesota Vikings:
Chicago 21, Minnesota 13
* Record: 4-6*

The Vikings jumped out to an early 10-0 lead at Soldier Field, but failed to do much of anything after that. Minnesota had possession for just over 21 minutes, as they were unable to string together long drives or keep Chicago off the field. The team's run game, a strength heading into the contest, was unable to do much, as the Vikings ran for only 96 yards in the game, 48 of which came on a fake punt.

Minnesota's pass defense was also exposed in the loss. Despite two interceptions, the Vikings were torched through the air, as the Bears threw for 330 yards and averaged more than 10 yards per reception. The Vikings also didn't record a sack, despite having one of the league's top pass rushes heading into the game.

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