For a while there, it looked like the Detroit Lions might actually make a game of it. Didn't last, though. It's going to be another bleak year in Motown.
The Bengals, on the other hand, thoroughly embarrassed the Packers, proving the old adage that pre-season games don't mean a thing. Aaron Rodgers looked like a different (lesser) quarterback. All of his receivers had trouble holding on to his passes, even when he hit them in the hands. Did Rodgers put more on the ball in the game than he does in practice? Was he throwing knuckleballs? At least some of those passes looked like they were wobbling on the axis, rather than flying in a perfect spiral. I don't know if he's suffering from performance anxiety, or if the Bears injured his shoulder last week when they threw him to the turf.
While the Bears didn't look as good as the pundits predicted last week, they managed to beat the reigning Superbowl Champions, so I guess they really are the power in the NFC North this year.