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NFC North: Week 3 contests

Week 3 of the National Football League season is upon us, and it is time to take a look at the NFC North. Through the first two weeks, things have gone to plan for the most part. The Green Bay Packers are really good, the Chicago Bears are not, and the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings are somewhere in between.

Let’s take a look at each team’s matchup this weekend, including lines …

*All lines can be found at our NFL page*

Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks (-15)

We start here, because this should be a massive blowout. Frankly, this is an impossible spot for the Bears, who have already dropped their first two games – both at home – and now go to play a desperate Seahawks group. Seattle is also 0-2 but getting safety Kam Chancellor back from his holdout. The Seahawks will also enjoy their home opener, something that should be a party with Jimmy Clausen starting at quarterback for Chicago.

Denver Broncos (-2.5) at Detroit Lions

The Lions are in serious need of a win. After losing their first two games of the year to the Chargers and Vikings, Detroit is staring at an 0-2 hole. The good news? The Lions are finally going to be playing at Ford Field for the first time this season. The bad news? They are facing the Broncos, who come in at 2-0. Denver is far from unbeatable these days, but it has great corners and a terrific pass rush. These are two major problems for Detroit. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi must run the ball and find ways to chip Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware.

San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings (-2)

This is avery intriguing game. San Diego has a good team led by Philip Rivers, who is currently completing 81 percent of his passes. However, the Chargers might find a tough matchup in the Vikings. Minnesota has a bad offensive line, but San Diego has no pass rush. The Vikings also have a killer running game featuring Adrian Peterson, and the Chargers struggle at the point of attack. Look for a close game, taken down by the home team.

Kansas City Chiefs at Green Bay Packers (-6.5)

This is the best game of the week. Kansas City lost a soul-crushing game last Thursday to the Broncos, and now it has a chance to redeem itself. Do the Chiefs come up big under the bright lights or are they still reeling? Meanwhile, the Packers are almost unbeatable at Lambeau Field. If Green Bay can pass-block and avoid turnovers, it wins. If the Chiefs can force a fumble or two and Jamaal Charles can run wild, there could be an upset.

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