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NFL standings, Week 7: Breaking down the NFC North heading toward Week 8

The NFC East wraps up its Week 7 schedule with the Bears on Monday Night Football. We break down the standings and playoff implications as we move toward Week 8.

Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on from the bench during the third quarter of the game against the Washington Commanders at FedExField on October 23, 2022 in Landover, Maryland. Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings had Week 7 off for their bye, and they got some help in their bid for a division title. The Bears still have to play on Monday Night Football, but the Vikings now hold a 2.5-game lead in the NFC North.

The Packers traveled to face the Commanders looking to get on track. Instead, they stumbled late to their third straight loss. Green Bay actually led for most of the first half, getting out as far as 14-3 at the 13:29 mark in the second quarter. However, they gave up 17 unanswered points and couldn’t make a key third down stop with 2:12 to go and lost 23-21.

The Lions returned from their bye and gave the Cowboys offense trouble in the first half on Sunday. However, while Dak Prescott and the Dallas offense got on track in the second half, Detroit’s offense got nothing going and lost 24-6.

Below is a rundown of the NFC North division standings, each team’s opponent next week, and their division title odds at DraftKings Sportsbook heading toward Week 8.

2022-23 NFC North standings

NFC North Record Wk opp Week 1 Week 18
NFC North Record Wk opp Week 1 Week 18
Minnesota Vikings 12-4 @ CHI +250 OTB
Detroit Lions 8-8 @ GB +1000 OTB
Green Bay Packers 8-8 vs. DET -175 OTB
Chicago Bears 3-13 vs. MIN +1500 OTB