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Detroit the favorite in NFC North?

Oh, how quickly things change in the NFL. Two weeks ago the Detroit Lions were scrambling to stay in playoff contention with a home game against the Dallas Cowboys. Now? They just might be favorites in the NFC North, after beating the host Chicago Bears 21-19 while the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers lost 27-13 to the Philadelphia Eagles. Will Detroit (6-3) close the deal?

Which team will win the NFC North?

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    77%
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    13%
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    10%

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  • How many NFC North teams will make the playoffs?

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      5%
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      58%
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      37%

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  • How far will the Lions go this season?

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      3%
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      26%
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      46%
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      14%
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      11%

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  • Will the Packers make the playoffs?

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      35%
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      65%

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  • Will the Bears make the playoffs?

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      33%
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      67%

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  • The Packers reportedly will work out Matt Flynn on Monday. How much would he help Green Bay in Aaron Rodgers' absence?

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      33%
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      52%
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      15%

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  • How much better would the Bears be with a healthy Jay Cutler?

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      42%
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      47%
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      11%

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NFL Week 10: Lions at Bears

Is the NFC North suddenly the NFL's most interesting division? It certainly seems that way, after Aaron Rodgers' broken collarbone opened the race to three 5-3 teams. Two feature in this matchup, which pits the explosive (if erratic) Detroit Lions against a Chicago Bears team that is expected to welcome Jay Cutler back from injury. Which team wins?

  • Which team will win Sunday's game at Chicago?

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      66%
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      34%

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  • How much better will the Bears play with Jay Cutler at quarterback?

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      34%
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      53%
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      13%

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  • Which team has a better shot at making the playoffs?

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      75%
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      25%

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  • How will the Bears and Lions fare this season?

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      25%
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      13%
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      59%
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      3%

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  • Which team will win the NFC North if Aaron Rodgers misses three weeks?

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      23%
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      57%
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      20%

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  • When both are healthy, who is the better quarterback?

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      27%
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      73%

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Packers done without Rodgers?

Perhaps the biggest injury of the season hit early Monday night, when Aaron Rodgers fell awkwardly on a sack and left the game with a left-shoulder injury. The Green Bay Packers couldn't overcome their quarterback's absence, falling to the Chicago Bears 27-20 with Seneca Wallace under center. After the game, Rodgers confirmed he had a broken collarbone, something sources tell ESPN.com could sideline him for three weeks.

  • Will the Packers make the playoffs if Aaron Rodgers is out for three weeks?

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      47%
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      53%

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  • How will the Packers fare in their next three games if Aaron Rodgers misses them all? (vs. Eagles, at Giants, vs. Vikings)

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      9%
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      43%
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      39%
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      9%

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  • Which of these NFC North contenders is most likely to miss the playoffs?

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      38%
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      24%
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      38%

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  • Should the Packers attempt to sign Matt Flynn as their starter in Aaron Rodgers' absence?

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      65%
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      35%

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  • Is Eddie Lacy a future star?

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      82%
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      18%

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  • What should the Bears do at quarterback?

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      34%
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      66%

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NFL Week 9 -- Bears at Packers

It's Week 9's lone matchup of winning teams, and also a battle between rivals ravaged by injuries. The Green Bay Packers are without Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley, among others, while the Chicago Bears are missing some key defensive players and, most likely, Jay Cutler. What does the future hold for these "Monday Night Football" foes?

  • Which team will win Monday's game at Green Bay?

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      20%
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      80%

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  • How far will the Packers go this season?

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      5%
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      17%
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      42%
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      18%
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      18%

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  • Will the Bears make the playoffs?

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      33%
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      67%

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  • The Packers are eighth in the latest ESPN Power Rankings. What do you make of this?

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      16%
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      52%
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      32%

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  • What should the Bears do with Jay Cutler (groin injury)?

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      45%
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      55%

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  • Which team has been more hurt by injuries in 2013?

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      56%
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      44%

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NFL Week 5 -- Saints at Bears

The Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints took perfect records into the NFL's Week 4. Only one left with theirs intact. That would be the New Orleans Saints, who did to the Miami Dolphins what the Detroit Lions did to Chicago. Clearly, Drew Brees & Co. are on a roll, while questions still surround Jay Cutler's Bears. Which wins Sunday?

Which team will win the Saints-Bears game in Chicago?

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    71%
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    29%

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  • How much faith should Bears fans have in Marc Trestman?

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      40%
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      51%
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      9%

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  • Should the Bears re-sign Jay Cutler, who is in the final year of his 2009 contract extension?

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      25%
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      62%
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      13%

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  • Who's more responsible for the Saints' 4-0 start?

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      60%
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      40%

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  • Which is Drew Brees' most impressive accomplishment among the all-time greats?

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      10%
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      14%
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      11%
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      39%
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      26%

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  • Which is the better QB/coach combination right now?

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      36%
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      64%

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  • Matt Forte is coming off back-to-back games with 50-yard runs. Will he break another of 50-plus against the Saints?

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      0%
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      100%

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