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3 Week 2 Games for Vikings Fans to Watch

The NFC North went 3-1 last week when the Vikings (over Saints), Packers (over Seahawks) and Lions (over Cardinals) won and the Bears pushed the defending conference champs to the limit in Chicago.

It just so happens that division opponents are in some interesting matchups this week as well.

The Vikings will visit the Pittsburgh Steelers at noon (CT) Sunday and are one of two NFC North teams that will be playing in that time slot, along with Chicago's trip to Tampa Bay.

Note: We obviously suggest keeping your channel on the Vikings-Steelers and just scoreboard watching the ticker for updates on the Bears and Bucs.

The Packers have a rematch of the NFC Championship and will be the Falcons first opposition in a regular-season game in brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on NBC's Sunday Night Football, and the Lions will visit the New York Giants on ESPN's Monday Night Football.


Chicago Bears (0-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0) Noon (CT) Sunday | Raymond James Stadium

Mike Glennon, one of the quarterbacks the Bears added this offseason, will face his former squad. Glennon threw for 213 yards and a touchdown last week, connecting with Kendall Wright four times for 101 yards and the score.

Running back Jordan Howard has 100-plus yards from scrimmage in eight of his past 10 games.

Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper had two interceptions, including a 60-yard return touchdown, last year against the Bucs when Cooper was with the Cardinals.

Tampa Bay's opener with Miami was postponed last week because of Hurricane Irma, so the Bucs and Dolphins will now play 16 weeks in a row.

Quarterback Jameis Winston set single-season Bucs records for passing yards (4,090) and touchdown passes (28) in 2016. He is the only player in NFL history with 4,000-plus passing yards in each of his first two seasons.

Receiver DeSean Jackson, who has 22 touchdown catches of at least 60 yards, and safety T.J. Ward will make their Bucs debuts. Receiver Mike Adams (fourth in NFL with 1,321 yards in 2016) is back, and so is defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who leads all DTs with 33.5 sacks since 2013.


Green Bay Packers (1-0) at Atlanta Falcons (1-0) | 7:30 p.m. (CT) Sunday | Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 311 yards and a touchdown last week against the Seahawks and needs two more scoring tosses to become the 11th player in NFL history with 300 or more.

Jordy Nelson caught the touchdown from Rodgers last week and has 28 touchdown receptions since 2014, the third-most in the NFL.

Packers DT Mike Daniels had seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble against Seattle.

Falcons QB Mat Ryan passed for 321 yards and a touchdown against the Bears last week. In last year's conference title game, Ryan totaled five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) and 392 yards through the air.

TE Austin Hooper kept a play alive and delivered an impressive stiff arm to break free for an 88-yard touchdown catch last week, the longest in Week 1 history by a tight end.

Since 2015, Julio Jones ranks first in the NFL in receiving yards (3,346) and second in receptions (223).

LB Vic Beasley, Jr., had a sack last week and has 16.5 (most in the NFL) since the 2016 opener.


Detroit Lions (1-0) at New York Giants (0-1) | 7:30 p.m. (CT) Monday | MetLife Stadium

The Lions returned to 2016 form, trailing in the fourth quarter and rallying for a comeback victory.

Matthew Stafford* *has 27 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime of games since 2011, which leads the NFL.

Golden Tate had 10 catches for 107 yards, and Kenny Gollady totaled 69 yards and two touchdowns on four receptions.

Safety Miles Killebrew had a 35-yard return of an interception, and safety Glover Quin had a sack and an interception last week.

Eli Manning made his 200th consecutive start last week, which is the third-longest streak by a QB in NFL history. He is 23 completions away from moving past Hall of Famer John Elway for sixth all-time.

RB Shane Vereen led the Giants with nine receptions last week.

Brandon Marshall, who made his Giants debut last week, totaled 20 catches, 260 yards and two scores in his past three games against Detroit.

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has six career pick 6s, which is the second-most among active players.

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