And the Lions are alone in first place. With Aaron Rodgers down, the division has to be theirs for the taking.
The Lions have been given gifts by the opposing coaching staff in their last two games. First, the Cowboys bizarre play calling gave Detroit the chance to overcome a bunch of turnovers and make a miracle comeback, and then this past Sunday the Bears insisted on playing an obviously ailing Jay Cutler until their final possession. That not only resulted in a two-point loss, but also aggravated Culter's injury so he will miss the next several weeks.
For once Detroit's luck as been all good this year so far. Along with the above gifts, they have avoided the rash of major injuries that have plagued their top division rivals. The Packers, especially, have been ravaged by injuries. Not just Rodgers, but also key contributors Finley, Cobb, Nelson and Clay Mathews are all out (Nelson just got back). The only significant injury for Detroit has been Nate Burleson.