NFC North Week Eight Updates And Previews : Predicted Big Winners And Major Losers

October 29, 2022
NFC North Game 1: Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys Sunday 10/30 12 pm CT
NFC North Game 2: Dolphins vs. Lions Sunday 10/30 12 PM CT
NFC North Game 3: Cardinals vs. Vikings Sunday 10/30 12 PM CT
NFC North Game 4: Packers vs. Bills Sunday 10/30 7:20 PM CT

NFC North: Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys Sunday 10/30 12 pm CT`

The Bears go on the road this week to play against the Cowboys in Dallas. The biggest test in this week’s game will be if the Bears’ offense can keep things rolling against the Cowboys’ defense after they put up 33 points against a subpar New England Patriots team last week. 

Justin Fields will have to continue to be decisive and if they can get their run game going against the Cowboys, they could be hard to beat. However, they are facing a significantly better defense when it comes to the Cowboys. 

This will be Dak Prescott’s second game back from breaking his thumb in a week 1 loss to the Buccaneers. It would be understandable for him to continue to be a little bit rusty as they continue to increase his practice reps each week. 

It is important to note that the Bears traded away Robert Quinn to the Eagles for a 2023 4th-round draft pick. So while their defense has been very good against the pass this season (2nd overall), the loss of a veteran leader and somebody who could get to the opposing quarterback on a semi-regular basis. While he is on the downswing of his career, he will still be missed and this week could truly expose how valuable he still is. 

The Bears only have two players listed on their injury report ahead of this matchup and they are OT Larry Borom who is out (concussion) and Armon Watts (personal) has an unspecified status. RB Ezekiel Elliot (knee) is listed as doubtful, also on the injury report is LB Micah Parsons (shoulder) who is listed as questionable, the other starting player on the report is TE Dalton Schultz (knee) who is also questionable. 

I believe that this is the game where Dak gets his rhythm back and has the potential to take advantage of the Bears’ loss of Robert Quinn. If the Cowboys’ defense lives up to its potential then this could be a very ugly game for the Bears and they will find out just how big of a rebuild they need to get into. 

NFC North: Dolphins vs. Lions Sunday 10/30 12 PM CT

The Lions are continuing to look like a team in serious need of a rebuild. While it is nice to see a team that believes in their coach so strongly, they are going to continue to struggle with their current roster. 

The Lions’ defense is currently ranked 32nd aka last in the league overall. If the Lions can keep the Dolphins’ defense on the field then they might have a chance. If the Dolphins keep the Lions’ defense on the field then it could get ugly fairly quickly.

The Lions come into this game with a 1-5 record. It is hard to believe that their defense will do well against players like Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. 

The main wildcard that the Lions have in this game would be Jared Goff. With the Rams, he has shown that he can lead a team to the Super Bowl but with the Lions, he has not faired as well. He has 11 passing TDs this year but he also has 6 INTs.

His most recent performance against the Cowboys left something to be desired, to say the least. He had 0 TDs and 2 INTs in that game. I believe that even coming in as heavy underdogs, the Lions have the potential to win this game. Especially if their run game can get going. 

The only player that is a regular starter for the Lions that is on the injury report is Amon-Ra St. Brown (Concussion Protocol), he is listed as questionable. 

While there were many others on the injury report earlier in the week, OT Taylor Decker (Neck), TE T.J. Hockenson (Knee), CW Frank Ragnow (foot), WR Josh Reynolds (knee), and RB D’Andre Swift (ankle). They were all able to be full participants by the end of the week. 

The Miami Dolphins have two starters on their injury report in CB Xavien Howard (groin) and P Thomas Morstead (not injury related-illness) and they are both questionable. 

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