Had the Bears managed to complete their pretty incredible comeback on Sunday – they trailed 17-0 at halftime but fought back to a 21-17 lead late in the fourth quarter – they would’ve begun their bye week in a first-place tie (of sorts) with the Green Bay Packers.
Instead, they’re splitting rent with the Minnesota Vikings in the division’s basement.
The Packers’ impressive 34-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, which was actually more lopsided than the final score, confirmed Green Bay’s status as the class of the division through five weeks. In fact, it isn’t particularly close right now.
The Vikings’ win, coupled with Chicago’s 24-21 loss to the Raiders, brings both teams to 3-2. The Bears have a slight edge because of their head-to-head win in Week 4.
Here’s how the NFC North stands through five weeks:
1. Green Bay Packers (4-1)
2. Detroit Lions (2-1-1)
3. Chicago Bears (3-2)
4. Minnesota Vikings (3-2)
NFC North standings: Bears fall to 3rd place after Week 5 loss to Raiders originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago