NFC North Roundup: Vikings’ defense gets stronger heading into final week of preseason  

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After a less-than-thrilling 13-6 loss to the Oakland Raiders in preseason game number three  http://www.packerscheapshoponline.com/cheap-authentic-muhammad-wilkerson-jersey  , the Green Bay Packers (2-1) will head into a final week exhibition clash with the Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday. A reserve-led contest in Oakland ultimately was remembered more after the game for what happened before it started when promising rookie Oren Burks suffered a shoulder injury in warm-ups. The Packers traded cornerback Lenzy Pipkins to the Indianapolis Colts for inside linebacker Antonio Morrison on Sunday in an attempt to alleviate a pressing concern with only one game left to go in the preseason schedule. Meanwhile, news broke Sunday that Burks’ injury may not be as significant as once thought.Elsewhere around the division, the Minnesota Vikings also brought in a defensive reinforcement, signing veteran safety George Iloka to a one-year deal after six seasons in Cincinnati. Iloka helps fortify a safety position that already boasts Pro Bowler Harrison Smith. This week, the Vikings’ starting defense continued to trend up as Detroit’s took a step back against Tampa Bay and Chicago’s got some well-needed rest.On the other side of the ball, the NFC North’s offenses will look to iron out some wrinkles and stay injury free with final cuts looming. More on those items in today’s roundup.Detroit Lions (1-2)Won 33-30 at Tampa Bay; Next vs. ClevelandDetroit Lions: These rookie could give team big lift in 2018 seasonEach of the Lions’ draft picks is discussed in terms of their potential to contribute this season, with special attention given to their fourth-round selection.The Detroit Lions tight end group might be one larger than expectedDetroit is still trying to fill the hole at tight end created by Eric Ebron’s departure. With inconsistencies and injuries in mind, the Lions could be looking at a four-man position group.Quick observations from the Lions’ lackluster win against BucsMatthew Stafford shined, but the red zone offense remained a significant concern. Meanwhile, the Lions’ defensive starters had an abysmal performance against Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bucs.Chicago Bears (2-2)Won 27-20 vs. Kansas City; Next vs. BuffaloBears backups make key statement in win over ChiefsBackup quarterback Chase Daniel continued his preseason rebound, while Kevin White caught his first touchdown at the NFL level. Defensively, the Bears held the Chiefs’ offense to just one third-down conversion in the first half.Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears’ 27-20 victory over the ChiefsAn in-depth look at the Bears addresses Khalil Mack rumors, a blossoming seventh-round pick at wide receiver, and concerns about injured free agent pickup Aaron Lynch.Bears coach Matt Nagy says Mitchell Trubisky, starters ready despite sitting in preseason gameChicago had a large inactive list against Kansas City  http://www.packerscheapshoponline.com/cheap-authentic-antonio-morrison-jersey  , but new Head Coach Matt Nagy insisted on resting his starters, saying that Trubisky specifically has had enough snaps to be ready for week one.Minnesota Vikings (2-1)Won 21-20 vs. Seattle; Next at TennesseeFootball Outsiders on who the Vikings’ Defensive MVP isOn a loaded defense, Scott Kacsmar gave his thoughts on the one player Minnesota cannot afford to lose.5 Things to Know About New Vikings Safety George IlokaSpeaking of a talented defense, the Vikings added another big-name piece to the unit with the signing of the veteran Iloka. Here are five things to know about Iloka and his fit.Stock Market Report: SeahawksA backup quarterback is emerging, but maybe not the one that was anticipated. Plus, a bubble receiver, the son of a former Packer, had a promising game for the Vikings in his quest for a final roster spot.Packers’ Aaron Jones could be the Bills’ toughest matchup on the ground so far Through the first two weeks of the NFL season, the Green Bay Packers relied heavily on Aaron Rodgers to fuel Green Bay’s offense, despite the fact that for all but one quarter of that time he was doing the job on just one leg.Running backs Jamal Williams and Ty Montgomery did an relatively decent job of maintaining the ground game in the first two weeks. Against Chicago’s second-best rushing defense in week one, Williams led the ground attack by rushing for 47 yards on 15 carries; in week two against the 14th-ranked Vikings rushing defense, Williams led with 59 yards on 16 carries and Montgomery followed with 31 yards on five carries. Still, an explosive element was still missing without running back Aaron Jones on the field.Jones, who was nursing a hamstring injury for much of the preseason and sat out due to suspension for the first two games of the regular season, was a key piece to the Packers’ offense last year. With Jones on the field Cheap Jaire Alexander Jersey , Green Bay averaged 6.5 yards per play, while averaging just 5.1 yards per play without him, and his 5.5 yards per carry ranked second among RBs with 75-plus attempts. In his first game this season against Washington, Jones totaled 42 yards on six carries and five yards on one reception, with his first play of the game being this convincing ten-yard run for a first down.“You’ve got to be smart with all your players, particularly when it’s the first time out there,” head coach Mike McCarthy said following Jones’ game last week. “He hadn’t played since Kansas City but, boy, I thought he did some really good things with the ball and did some good things in the passing game.”It’s obvious that Jones is a dominant back who continues to find ways to power through defenders and add an edge to the rushing game the Packers’ haven’t had in years. In fact, Rodgers even went as far as comparing Jones to former running back Ryan Grant, who was a member of the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV team and finished his career as the fifth all-time leading rusher in Green Bay.Prior to the current season, Mike McCarthy and the Packers front office were vocal about utilizing a running back by committee approach. With three healthy backs who all bring a unique style of play to the offense, the Packers are able to diversify their run game, something they’ll certainly need to prioritize effectively this Sunday at Lambeau Field against a top-ranked Bills rushing defense. Buffalo is coming off one of the biggest upsets of the year, dominating Minnesota on defense with a particularly decisive game on the ground. Despite a rough start to the season Nick Perry Jersey , the Bills fifth-ranked rushing defense allowed just 14 yards on six carries against the Vikings, tying an NFL record for fewest carries in an NFL game. When it comes to rushing defense, Buffalo currently allows an average of just 80 yards on the ground per game. However it’s important to note that while the Bills may have been successful in stopping Minnesota on the ground (who was without RB Dalvin Cook nonetheless) they struggled to stop the top-ranked Chargers rushing game. Los Angeles was led by Austin Ekeler, who carried the ball 11 times for 77 yards. Ekeler currently ranks second when it comes to yards after first contact – a critical skill that Jones also possesses. Buffalo ranks 11th overall on defense, so it’s unlikely the Packers will diverge too far from their usual pass-heavy approach on offense, even with Rodgers’ still hobbling with a knee injury. However adding Aaron Jones to the mix could help to take some pressure off of Rodgers, especially early in the game. By utilizing Jones from the start, the Packers could control the game clock early, protect Rodgers knee, and reserve his arm down the stretch. With Jones in the mix between Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery, the Packers could certainly prove to be Buffalo’s toughest matchup on the ground.

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