Pregame warmup: Big day in NFC North

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 16, 2014 – 2:05 pm

GREEN BAY –It’s a big day in the NFC North, as both the Packers and the Lions take on other NFC division leaders.

As the Packers host the NFC East-leading Eagles late Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field, the Lions will be playing at the NFC West-leading Cardinals, though the Cardinals are without starting QB Carson Palmer, who was lost for the season last week to a knee injury.

Detroit comes into the day one game ahead of the Packers in the NFC North standings. The Lions are 7-2 while the Packers are 6-3. The Eagles are 7-2 while the Cardinals are 8-1, meaning four teams that have combined for just 10 losses so far this season will have two more losses hung on their records today.

Elsewhere in the NFC North, the 3-6 Bears are hosting the 4-5 Vikings. The Bears led 14-10 in the third quarter at the time of this posting. Update: The Bears won, 21-13, so both Chicago and Minnesota have 4-6 records.

Roles reversed: Last year at this time, it was the Packers’ starting quarterback who had a broken collarbone and the Eagles came into Lambeau Field facing a backup QB.

This year the roles are reversed, as Eagles starting QB Nick Foles broke his collarbone a couple of weeks ago and Mark Sanchez has stepped into his place.

The biggest difference between the two scenarios, perhaps, is that Sanchez has playoff victories under his belt from earlier in his career with the Jets, while the Packers ultimately were forced to insert No. 3 QB Scott Tolzien into the lineup against Philadelphia when veteran backup Seneca Wallace injured his hamstring on the first offensive series. The Eagles went on to win the game, 27-13.’

Hot at home: The Packers come into today’s game a perfect 4-0 at Lambeau Field thus far in 2014, and the streak is even hotter than that.

Since falling behind the New York Jets 21-3 in the first half back in Week 2, the Packers have outscored their opponents at home 163-44 heading into today.

Weather update: Temperatures are in the mid-20s with winds around 10 mph, putting the wind chill in the teens. There is no significant threat of precipitation during the game.

X factor?: The Eagles acquired RB Darren Sproles from the Saints in the offseason for a fifth-round draft choice, and he visits Lambeau for the third time in the last four seasons.

For more on Sproles’ history against the Packers and what that could mean in today’s game, check out this week’s “One last look.”

TV map: Here’s a look at the TV map for FOX’s coverage of the 3:25 p.m. CT games today:

Map courtesy of 506sports.com

 


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