Lions 30, Packers 17: After Beating Packers, Lions Set Their Sights on the Vikings

With every short pass from Brett Hundley, every drive that ended in a field goal or a punt and every lingering shot of Aaron Rodgers standing on the sideline, it seemed like the Green Bay Packers were falling farther from anything resembling contention.

The N.F.C. North is far from having been decided, but after Green Bay’s 30-17 loss at home to the Detroit Lions on Monday night, the Lions certainly seem to have the better chance of challenging the Minnesota Vikings for division supremacy. And if the Packers continue to tumble and slip out of playoff contention, they might not even feel the need to bring Rodgers back once he is eligible to return in Week 15 from the injured reserve, where he landed after breaking his collarbone on Oct. 15.

For now, the North is Minnesota’s division to lose. At 6-2 and riding a four-game winning streak, the Vikings are two games ahead of both Detroit and Green Bay. The Upshot’s Playoff Simulator gives the Vikings a 65 percent chance of winning the division. But last season showed that a hot start by the Vikings does not guarantee much, as their 5-0 start to the season was undercut by a 3-8 finish, leaving the Packers and Lions to…

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