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Jared Allen signs with Bears

Jared Allen is staying in the NFC North. Allen, who made a name for himself with six exceptional years with the Minnesota Vikings, has signed a four-year contract with the rival Bears. Seeing Allen (who is 12th on the career sack list with 128.5) in a Bears uniform instead of Viking purple will probably be jarring for Vikings fans, but is he still a good enough defensive end to make a difference in the competitive NFC North?

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  • Where does Jared Allen rank among active defensive ends?

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  • If you were a Vikings fan, how upset would you be with Jared Allen for signing with the Bears?

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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Bears, Hester part ways

Devin Hester has been the Bears' trump card since 2006, returning a record-tying 19 kicks and punts for touchdowns over the course of his career. They won't be bringing him back next season, however: Hester said on Wednesday that the team has decided to ''go a different route'' with him. Hester will be one of the more intriguing free agents on the market, as he offers the potential of a game-changing play every time he handles a return. His value has been downgraded, however, by the rule change shortening kickoffs. It's difficult to return a ball that lands 10 yards out of bounds.

Is Devin Hester still an elite return man?

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  • Will Devin Hester ever score another return touchdown in the NFL?

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  • What effect has moving kickoffs to the 35-yard line had on the NFL?

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In the wake of the Seattle Seahawks' thunderous win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, many are asking: Just how good was the Legion of Boom & Co., compared to history's best defenses? Answer yourself by clicking on the images below!

Best NFL Defenses Ever

1962 Packers

1962 Packers

230.0 YPG, 10.6 PPG, 3.57 TO/gm, won NFL title.

1969 Chiefs

1969 Chiefs

225.9 YPG, 12.6 PPG, 3.36 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

1971 Vikings

1971 Vikings

243.3 YPG, 9.9 PPG, 3.21 TO/gm, won NFC Central.

1972 Dolphins

1972 Dolphins

235.5 YPG, 12.2 PPG, 3.29 TO/gm, 14-0 regular season, won Super Bowl.

1975 Rams

1975 Rams

237.3 YPG, 9.6 PPG, 2.86 TO/gm, won NFC West.

1976 Steelers

1976 Steelers

237.6 YPG, 9.9 PPG, 3.29 TO/gm, won AFC Central.

1977 Falcons

1977 Falcons

231.6 YPG, 9.2 PPG, 3.43 TO/gm, 2nd in NFC West.

1985 Bears

1985 Bears

258.4 YPG, 12.4 PPG, 3.38 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

1990 Giants

1990 Giants

262.9 YPG, 13.2 PPG, 2.13 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

2000 Ravens

2000 Ravens

246.7 YPG, 10.3 PPG, 3.06 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

2002 Buccaneers

2002 Buccaneers

252.8 YPG, 12.2 PPG, 2.38 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

2013 Seahawks

2013 Seahawks

273.6 YPG, 14.4 PPG, 2.44 TO/gm, won Super Bowl.

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Bears re-sign Jay Cutler

The Bears have gone all-in on Jay Cutler, who would have been a free agent, signing him to a seven-year contract. Cutler's 2013 season was interrupted by injury and even featured a brief period where backup Josh McCown performed well enough to present something of a threat to him. Bears coach Marc Trestman stuck with Cutler, however, and though the Bears fell just short of the playoffs, Cutler's performance -- when he's healthy -- could be a sign of good things to come in Chicago.

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  • Will the Bears ever win a Super Bowl with Jay Cutler?

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  • Which team will win the NFC North next season?

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  • How would the Bears have fared against the Packers in their final game, a 33-28 loss, if Josh McCown had started in place of Jay Cutler?

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  • How would you grade Marc Trestman in his first year as coach of the Bears?

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  • Where does Jay Cutler rank among NFL starting quarterbacks?

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Who wins NFC East? NFC North?

It's all down to the final Sunday for the NFC East and NFC North. But more than that, the losers of these two big games -- Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears -- will see their seasons end. As if that's not enough, major quarterback intrigue surrounds the matchups; the Cowboys are waiting to see if Tony Romo will be healthy enough to play while the Packers on Thursday announced Aaron Rodgers will return. How will it all play out?

Which team will win Sunday's game at Chicago and, therefore, win the NFC North, now that Aaron Rodgers has been cleared to start for the Packers?

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  • Which team will win Sunday's Cowboys-Eagles game if Tony Romo does not play?

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  • How much will the Eagles' 54-11 win over the Bears on Sunday help them at Dallas?

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  • How many playoff games will the NFC East and NFC North champions combine to win this season?

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  • Who should start at quarterback for the Bears in Week 17?

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

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  • If the Packers beat the Bears on Sunday to earn the NFC North title, how would they fare in their potential wild-card matchup (most likely home vs. 49ers or Saints)?

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  • What should the Cowboys do with coach Jason Garrett at the end of the season?

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  • What should the Cowboys do with Tony Romo in the offseason?

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