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    talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now.For quite some time Bryan Bulaga Jersey , there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than credited him for steering the team to that title.Now the world will find out just what Rodgers and the Packers are capable of without McCarthy, who was fired after a 20-17 loss at home to the lowly Arizona Cardinals on Sunday that dropped Green Bay to 4-7-1, its worst start since 2006. It was an abrupt end for McCarthy — who did win a championship, after all — and rare upheaval for a model franchise that last changed coaches during a season 65 years ago.It’s likely other coaches who are in trouble around the league will get a chance to ride things out through Week 17, but Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis, Jacksonville’s Doug Marrone, the Jets’ Todd Bowles and Carolina’s Ron Rivera all should be wary. When Rivera was asked whether he’s concerned about his job security after a 24-17 defeat at Tampa Bay dropped the Panthers to 6-6, this was the reply: “I’m not going to address that question. Do not ask that question again, please.”Alrighty, then.Rodgers is a two-time NFL MVP, and he was the Super Bowl MVP when the Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the big game in 2011, all under McCarthy.Year after year more recently, though, Green Bay would reach the postseason only to wind up with so-close-but-so-far exits.“We’re just not executing well,” Rodgers said, “and it’s the same things over and over.”Not long after those words were spoken, team president Mark Murphy released a statement announcing that McCarthy was gone. Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin will fill in.This season is essentially over; the Packers are a half-game out of last place in the NFC North. Now they can start pondering their future — as can McCarthy.He likely will get another chance elsewhere. Presumably, Rodgers will be given some input on Green Bay’s choice of a new coach. He turned 35 on Sunday, and the opportunities to win a second Lombardi Trophy are fading.In case you missed it J’Mon Moore Color Rush Jersey , here are other top topics after the NFL season’s 13th Sunday:HUNT NOT QUESTIONEDThe league’s handling of Kareem Hunt’s role in an assault of a woman at a hotel in February is under scrutiny after the reigning rushing champion said he was never interviewed by anyone conducting the NFL investigation of the matter. After the Ray Rice case, in which he punched his then-girlfriend (and now wife), the league hired additional staff to handle such inquiries — but all these months later, Hunt was still playing until TMZ Sports posted video from a hotel security camera. And he told ESPN on Sunday that the league hadn’t spoken to him about what happened. Hunt also acknowledged lying about it to the Kansas City Chiefs, who released him.BIG MAN TD TIMES TWO!It was a good day to be a big man in the NFL (as long as winning isn’t the most important thing, that is). Two, um, larger guys got into the end zone: Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, listed at more than 330 pounds, plunged in from the 1 for a score that brought back memories of Chicago’s William “The Refrigerator” Perry; Lions offensive lineman Taylor Decker, who goes 6-foot-7 and about 310 pounds, caught an 11-yard TD pass. Hicks became the third NFL player since 1982 with a sack and rushing TD in the same game (“Fridge” was one of the others); Chicago also got halfback Tarik Cohen’s 1-yard, tying touchdown pass off a lateral on the final play of regulation, but ended up losing to the New York Giants 30-27 in OT. Decker’s moment of personal glory also did little for Detroit in what became a 30-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, who clinched the NFC West.THIRD TIME’S A CHARMWacky ending to the night game: There were three offsides calls in a row as Chargers kicker Michael Badgley got three tries to make a game-winning field goal — pushing his initial attempt from 39 yards wide left, then getting blocked from 34, before finally succeeding from 29 (so the last flag for a too-early jump was declined) in a 33-30 victory over the Steelers. The Chargers (9-3) erased a 16-point halftime hole; Keenan Allen caught 14 passes for 148 yards and a TD. In what was largely a must-win game for both teams, the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Green Bay Packers 24-17 on Sunday night to keep pace for a wildcard berth. With the loss, Green Bay’s already-slim hopes dwindled further with the Packers falling to 4-6-1. The Packers almost certainly will need to win out and receive help , as Aaron Rodgers said himself in the post-game press conference, to make the postseason.As for the Vikings, they were able to “limbo” to victory behind a time of possession victory and maintain control of a wildcard playoff spot. A brutal upcoming two-week schedule will test Minnesota in its stretch run, beginning this week. Meanwhile, Thanksgiving Day football left Chicago and Detroit heading in opposite directions. The Bears were able to win even without their starting quarterback, while the Lions lost one of their few remaining offensive weapons to injury.A look at what the Lions can achieve over the final few weeks of the season, as well as a few individual pieces coming together for the Bears, is in today’s NFC North rundown.Chicago Bears (8-3)Won 23-16 at Detroit; Next at New York GiantsChicago Bears: Aaron Rodgers provides bulletin board materialAbout those post-game comments from Rodgers…they could provide some motivation for the Bears in a few weeks when the Packers roll into Soldier Field.4 takeaways from Bears’ Thanksgiving win over LionsMitchell Trubisky’s fill-in was one of a number of things that went Chicago’s way in a tough Thanksgiving win in Detroit.DL Hicks a cornerstone of Chicago Bears defenseKhalil Mack, Kyle Fuller, and Eddie Jackson receive many headlines from week to week, but another defensive star is flying under the radar, much like Mike Daniels in Green Bay.Minnesota Vikings (6-4-1)Won 24-17 vs. Green Bay; Next at New England3 Stats That Stood Out: Packers at VikingsA wide gap in time of possession was one of three instrumental keys to Minnesota’s win over Green Bay.The Vikings weren’t the first football team to do an innovative limbo touchdown celebrationThe most memorable celebration from Sunday night may have actually been seen before…in the CFL.Minnesota Vikings enter tough stretch with fuel from victory over Green Bay PackersWith matchups against New England and Seattle awaiting them, the Vikings gained some momentum on Sunday as they avoided both a major injury and offensive turnovers.Detroit Lions (4-7)Lost 23-16 vs. Chicago; Next vs. Los Angeles RamsLions enter tough balance of playing in 2018 and for 2019For all intents and purposes, Detroit’s 2018 season is over. But here are three things that can help the Lions get ahead for the 2019 season by finishing out the current one.Detroit Lions put Marvin Jones on IR, leaving WR corps in shamblesThe Lions’ thin receiving corps after the trade of Golden Tate got thinner after their top receiver’s season came to a close on Monday.Matthew Stafford isn’t the problem for the Detroit LionsLike Rodgers, Stafford has received his fair share of the blame for the Lions’ underwhelming season. But offensive playcalling played a significant role in Detroit’s most recent loss.

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