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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?
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?
NFC North champ?
Despite the best efforts of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, Detroit still could be upended.
Out of the East?
From barely reaching the playoffs to going all the way -- could Eli Manning and the Giants do it again?
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?AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
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?
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?
Lions headed for the playoffs?
For about 59 game minutes Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys seemed destined to extend their NFC East lead, while the Detroit Lions looked destined to stay locked in a tussle for the conference's final playoff spot. Then Matthew Stafford happened. With his team trailing 30-24, he hit Kris Durham on a crucial downfield pass. He linked up with Calvin Johnson -- who finished with 329 receiving yards, second most in NFL history -- to reach the 1. Then, after telling the world he would spike the ball, Stafford decided to leap the line and send his team to 5-3. Will Detroit keep pushing toward the postseason? What does the rest of the NFC look like?