The Chicago Bears rolled into their bye with their most lopsided victory in six seasons and sole possession of the NFC North lead for the first time in five years. Just don't tell coach Matt Nagy the Bears are the surprise of the NFL. The Bears expected better things after a busy offseason that included a coaching change, an influx of playmaking targets for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and the blockbuster trade with Oakland for Khalil Mack just before the start of the season.
Aaron Rodgers. A broken collarbone forced Rodgers to miss the first matchup and Green Bay's decision to place him back on injured reserve kept him out of the regular-season finale. The Lions (1-3) exploited the absence of the two-time NFL Most Valuable Player and coasted to a pair of double-digit victories, marking the first time they swept the Packers since the 1991 season.
Marcus Mariota is getting healthier and the Tennessee Titans are reaping the benefits. Dealing with a nerve issue in his elbow that is causing tingling in his fingers, Mariota missed one game and failed to pass for more than 103 yards in two others before breaking out last weekend against the reigning Super Bowl champions. Mariota threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another score to rally the Titans to a last-second 26-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime last week.
Roquan Smith began his Bears career with a highlight, sacking DeShone Kizer as part of that magnificent (but ill-fated) first half against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 1. Since then, though, the rookie inside linebacker has been sort of anonymous within a dominant Bears' defense. Smith's time is coming.
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