Vikings’ NFC North Rivals: News and Notes, Week 6
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By Dan Persons

Week five has come and gone, and all of the Bizzaro-Football that plagued the division in the first few weeks seemed to have disappeared. Defenses that were supposed to be pretty good finally looked pretty good. Offenses that were thought to be some of the best moved the ball like they were some of the best. Referees didn’t make any didn’t make many made some really controversial calls. Kickers kicked the baaaaahhhh...nevermind. Same as it ever was.

NFC North Division kickers Mason Crosby, Matt Prater and Dan Bailey combined to make just five of twelve kicks this weekend. Five. Of. Twelve. In Detroit, where the Lions outlasted the Packers 31-23, the kicking game proved to be fatal for Green Bay, as kicker Mason Crosby missed four field goals and an extra point in the game. With the loss, the Packers saw their record fall to 2-2-1, tied with the Vikings. Detroit improved to 2-3 with the win, but still hold last place in the division.

The 3-1 Chicago Bears held on to the top spot in the division through their bye week.

Before bringing up any of the usual type of nonsensical tidbits usually found in this column, I’m compelled to mention the name George Taliaferro, who passed away on Monday, October 8th. Taliaferro was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 13th Round of the 1949 NFL Draft - making him the first African-American player ever drafted into the league. Taliaferro never played a down for the Bears, but was a three time Pro-Bowler - for the New York Yanks, Dallas Texans, and Baltimore Colts. At the University of Indiana, he became the first African-American to lead the Big 10 Conference in rushing yards. Taliaferro was 91 years...

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