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Who wins NFC North? NFC East?

Now things are interesting. Actually, they already were interesting. And they remain that way, after the Chicago Bears routed the Dallas Cowboys in what seemed like an evenly matched game between two playoff-hungry teams. Not so much. This puts Chicago in a tie for NFC North supremacy with the Detroit Lions, with the Green Bay Packers just half a game behind. The Cowboys, meanwhile, must scramble to catch the Philadelphia Eagles -- now one game up -- although the two teams do meet on the final day of the season, and Dallas beat Philly in their first matchup ...

Which team will win the NFC North?

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  • Which team will win the NFC East?

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  • Will Tony Romo win another playoff game?

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  • Is Josh McCown the answer for the Bears at quarterback?

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  • Will the NFC East race come down to the Philadelphia-Dallas game on the final day of the season?

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  • Will the NFC East and North champions win their first-round home playoff games?

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  • Will Jason Garrett and Monte Kiffin be with the Cowboys in their current positions in 2014?

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NFL Week 14 -- Cowboys at Bears

While the NFC West and NFC South might feature the conference's top contenders, the NFC East and NFC North aren't without heated divisional races. That's where these two teams come in: the 7-5 Dallas Cowboys, tied atop the East, and the 6-6 Chicago Bears, one game behind the Detroit Lions in the North. Which team will snag a critical win Monday night?

Which team will win on Monday Night Football? (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN)

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  • Ten of the Bears' 12 games have been decided by eight points or fewer. Will that trend continue versus the Cowboys?

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  • What will Tony Romo's record be in December? (at CHI, vs. GB, at WAS, vs. PHI)

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  • What should the Bears do with Jay Cutler, who will enter free agency this offseason?

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  • In which group of quarterbacks does Jay Cutler belong when he is healthy?

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  • Which team will win the NFC East?

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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NFC North outlook still muddy

What an odd week for the NFC North. Perhaps the NFL's most competitive division title race stayed that way, but not thanks to great play from any of its contenders. The first-place Detroit Lions lost a turnover-riddled game at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- they of zero wins three weeks ago. The Chicago Bears lost 42-21 at the previously 4-6 St. Louis Rams. And the Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers? They replaced struggling quarterback Scott Tolzien with Matt Flynn ... then proceeded to force a tie with the Minnesota Vikings. That leaves the first two at 6-5 and the last at 5-5-1. How will the rest of the season play out?

Which team will win the NFC North?

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  • Do the Bears need a healthy Jay Cutler in order to win the NFC North?

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  • Which has been a bigger problem for the Bears?

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  • Will the Lions ever reach an NFC Championship Game with their current core?

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      59%

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  • Will Aaron Rodgers return in time to help the Packers in the NFC North race?

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  • How do you feel about ties in the NFL?

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  • Which would be the best overtime system in the NFL?

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One thought to belong to the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers, respectively, the NFC East and NFC North are pretty tight right now. The Philadelphia Eagles took the outright lead in the former, albeit by just a half-game as the 5-5 Cowboys remained idle. Right behind Dallas are the New York Giants, who won their fourth straight after that 0-6 start.

Among the Great Lakes teams, the first-place Detroit Lions lost at the Pittsburgh Steelers, dropping them into a tie with the Chicago Bears (victorious over the Baltimore Ravens). Those Packers, meanwhile, dropped their third in a row, continuing to struggle in the absence of Aaron Rodgers. What does the future hold for these divisions?


NFC East champ?

Will Nick Foles and the Eagles close the deal? Or do their rivals have something left?

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Which team will win the NFC East?

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NFC North champ?

Despite the best efforts of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, Detroit still could be upended.

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Which team will win the NFC North?

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    13%

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Out of the East?

From barely reaching the playoffs to going all the way -- could Eli Manning and the Giants do it again?

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Which of these NFC East teams would be most dangerous in the playoffs?

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Out of the North?

If Aaron Rodgers can come back healthy, and if the Packers somehow get into the playoffs, would that make them a sleeper?

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Which of these NFC North teams would be most dangerous in the playoffs?

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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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  • How many NFC North teams will make the playoffs?

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  • How far will the Lions go this season?

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  • Will the Packers make the playoffs?

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  • Will the Bears make the playoffs?

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

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