The Raiders were supposed to be fun this year. What happened?
The 2016 Raiders were 12-4, and probably would’ve been 13-3 if Derek Carr had been healthy at the end of the season. They were an offensive juggernaut, at the top of the league in many offensive categories. This season, after starting 2-0, they’ve lost four in a row, totaling the same amount of losses they did last year in just six weeks this year. What is happening in the East Bay? It’s eerily similar to what’s happening in Dallas.
But now the Vikings and Packers share the lead at 4-2, with the Lions just behind at 3-3. The division features a hodgepodge of quarterbacks and four teams that all look very beatable.
Minnesota Vikings are getting devoured by injuries
With a 23-10 win over the Packers, the Vikings are tied atop the NFC North. But many of the most encouraging things about Minnesota’s early start are gone.
Dalvin Cook is done for the year after tearing his ACL, and Sam Bradford’s entire career may be in jeopardy due to his long history of knee problems that were only exacerbated by a terrible, premature return from injury in Week 5.
Rodgers is one of the all-time greats at the position, a future Hall of Famer, and someone the Packers simply can’t replace.
The best they can do is hope Brett Hundley can keep the team afloat and live up to the potential that made him a fifth-round pick in 2015. But with the Packers looking much less intimidating, the playoff hunt in the NFC looks a lot different.