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Bears, Packers control the NFC North, Lions need both to lose

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For the last five weeks, since the Lions finished a season sweep of the Bears, Detroit has been in control of the NFC North. That is no longer the case.

The Lions’ Monday night loss to the Ravens puts the Bears and Packers in control: If the Packers beat the Steelers and the Bears beat the Eagles on Sunday, then the winner of the Packers-Bears Week 17 game will win the NFC North.

Detroit now needs to win both its remaining games (against the Giants and at the Vikings), plus help in the form of both teams losing. If the Bears and Packers both win on Sunday, the Lions will be eliminated before Week 17.

From the NFL’s perspective, the most exciting result would be the Bears and Packers both winning next week, and turning the Week 17 meeting into a one-game playoff for the NFC North title. Throw in a return of Aaron Rodgers for that game, and record TV ratings would ensue.

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  1. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 17, 2013 6:58 AM

    Poor Detroit.

  2. schmokes says: Dec 17, 2013 7:00 AM

    Classic Lions

  3. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 17, 2013 7:04 AM

    The Lions are the Cowboys of the north (minus the five Lombardis).

  4. hollymolley says: Dec 17, 2013 7:13 AM

    From the NFL’s perspective, the most exciting result would be the Bears and Packers both winning next week, and turning the Week 17 meeting into a one-game playoff for the NFC North title. Throw in a return of Aaron Rodgers for that game, and record TV ratings would ensue.

    If the “powers that be ” want this to happen, it will….

  5. rhett16 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:16 AM

    How can Schwartz keep his job after this season if the Lions, loaded with talent as they are, finish behind teams that ran guys like Josh McCown, Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn out as starting QBs for significant portions of their seasons?

    I don’t even like the Lions, but their fans deserve better than Schwartz, especially after the whole Millen fiasco.

  6. sakatak says: Dec 17, 2013 7:23 AM

    I have never seen so many lobster hands in all my life, it looked like Detroit was trying to lose.

  7. larryboodry says: Dec 17, 2013 7:25 AM

    Best case scenario for the Bears on Sunday…They win while GB and Detroit both lose.

    Bears (9-6)
    Packers (7-7-1)
    Lions (7-8)

    Bears would clinch the North outright, regardless of what anyone does in Week 17.

  8. cags777 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:38 AM

    You can bet the NFL will make sure the Packers remain a playoff contender heading into Week 17. So much for integrity in the league.

  9. bobbyfinstock says: Dec 17, 2013 7:38 AM

    The NFC North sucks.

  10. packerfaninsandiego says: Dec 17, 2013 7:38 AM

    wow larryboodry, you are a very smart Bears fan.

  11. aikmanschinstrap says: Dec 17, 2013 7:39 AM

    If the Packers lose one game they are out. The Bears can afford one loss, but need to beat the Packers, and Lions need both teams to lose this upcoming week? Is that about it?

  12. southpaw2k says: Dec 17, 2013 7:40 AM

    Just as Florio had said in his Week 15 picks, the Ravens know how to make a push for the playoffs, and the Lions know how not to make a push for the playoffs.

    Last night was proof positive.

  13. GBwomenrhot says: Dec 17, 2013 7:40 AM

    Stop ‘jinxing the Bears’ Larryboodry, it’s not hard to figure out what would be best for the Bears….it’s something you think, you don’t open your pie-hole and stir up the MOJO!!!

  14. GenXJay says: Dec 17, 2013 7:45 AM

    it’s official; filthymcnasty is a Vikings fan.

  15. whooligun says: Dec 17, 2013 7:47 AM

    The NFL has been working hard to make sure the NFC North comes down to an exciting, high ratings finish. There have been a half dozen blatantly obvious officiating miscues against the Lions in the last 2 weeks alone. You’d think they would try to make it a little less obvious!

  16. iowahbr says: Dec 17, 2013 7:49 AM

    A really big next 2 weeks for both Trestman and and Cutler. the Bears fail to make the play-offs this year and there will be heck to pay as far as Bear fans are concerned.

  17. canuck54143 says: Dec 17, 2013 7:53 AM

    If Lions coach is fired they’d be smart to lock down Lovie as the head coach. He would put the lions in position to win…

  18. f1restarter says: Dec 17, 2013 8:06 AM

    The Prophecy has predicted the Packers will win the division title, and go on to add another Lombardi Trophy to their already overstuffed trophy case up in Lambeau. Meanwhile, the Vikings will continue to be bottom-dwelling losers.

    So it is written, so it shall be done.

  19. hammerhead5573 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:08 AM

    There is no team that can hand over a division like the Lions. All the injuries in this division and they can’t seal the deal. Goodbye Schwartz. No wait keep him. The entire NFC. North is better with him there.

  20. jazsrt says: Dec 17, 2013 8:08 AM

    If this wasn’t proof positive that Schwartz needs to go for Lions fans, I don’t know what is.

  21. bennyb82 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:09 AM

    Detroit clearly tried to run out the clock starting in the first quarter. They probably thought the sooner the game ended they could go home and catch the end of the Monday night football game…

  22. packerbackernj says: Dec 17, 2013 8:21 AM

    Remember when the lions fans were pounding their chest? Yea..bet they all will stop posting now.

  23. coachkilla6 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:23 AM

    Leos Chooooooke!

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:27 AM

    I think it’s great the way the top NFC North teams are all valiantly battling to the final weeks of the season for a glorious playoff berth. The Lions, Bears and Packers are each a credit to the proud history of the Black and Blue Division. and to the NFL community.

    And then there are the Vikings.

  25. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 17, 2013 8:37 AM

    The Lion’s first TD always looks so dominating, and then… Not only do we collapse in the last half of games, but the last half of seasons too. I’d take Lovie Smith in a heartbeat.

    Man, it’s always something different though. Now Megatron can’t hold onto the ball. How do these guys decide to divvy up the drops and turnovers, etc.

  26. packerbacker2785 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:38 AM

    larryboodry says:
    Dec 17, 2013 7:25 AM
    Best case scenario for the Bears on Sunday…They win while GB and Detroit both lose.

    Bears (9-6)
    Packers (7-7-1)
    Lions (7-8)

    Bears would clinch the North outright, regardless of what anyone does in Week 17.

    _________________________________

    THANKS JOHN MADDEN!!! Good thing we had old Larry here to figure this one out for us…

  27. hscorpio says: Dec 17, 2013 8:39 AM

    Neither the Bears nor the Packers have a gimmie this weekend. But both could lose and still have Week 17 be a winner-take-all for the NFC North. I have complete faith in the Lions ability to look a gift horse in the mouth.

  28. golforepar says: Dec 17, 2013 8:43 AM

    Only the Lions can choke ooops (and the Cowboys) can choke this bad! A team full of talent and a healthy QB and looking to be out of the hunt on Sunday!

  29. whatjusthapped says: Dec 17, 2013 8:45 AM

    What about the Vikings, are they out of it?

    That’s hard to believe after hearing all spring it was the Vikings that were the best team in the NFC North.

  30. longhairdontcare66 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:51 AM

    Funny Romo gets so much heat for throwing bad picks- he’s and undrafted free agent. Stafford gets nothing and he was a first overall pick. Not saying Stafford is Romo but something to think about.

  31. packerbackersince71 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:51 AM

    … Let the Bandwagon start to Fill in Green Bay … SORRY , No room for you Late Comers !!! … That Pittsburgh Secondary WILL BE be torched by Nelson , Jones , Boykins , Quarless this Sunday … Cutler is GUARANTEED to leave the Bears game with a Hang Nail !!! …

  32. bigpurple72 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:04 AM

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy (Schwartz)

  33. TBaySlim says: Dec 17, 2013 9:12 AM

    Can people now stop compairing megatron to Moss and Rice, man ive never seen a such an (annointed GOAT) wide receiver so wide open drop not one but two balls with no one within 5 yards of him. The guys is great dont get me wrong but a long way to go before joining the ranks of moss and Rice

  34. thejuddstir says: Dec 17, 2013 9:14 AM

    After that embarrassment last night, it should quiet the Lion’s fans down. They’ve been talking so much the last 5-6 wks that they wouldn’t listen to the rest of us trying to tell them to go away, as we all know the Lions will fold like an accordion. The Lions have enough talent to win but they don’t have a headcoach and they have no clue what discipline means. I don’t like Gruden, but even he commented how he would just once like to see Fairley and Suh “stay in their gaps” instead of doing what they want to do. And we won’t even talk about the stupid “I’m a tough guy” penalties. this team racks up.

  35. sdsmooth says: Dec 17, 2013 9:20 AM

    What are the playoff scenarios for the Vikings?

  36. packergator says: Dec 17, 2013 9:27 AM

    Who would have thought that Megatron would get hands of stone as an early Christmas gift?

  37. Talk football or shut your pie hole... says: Dec 17, 2013 9:28 AM

    steelersaregodsteam says:Dec 17, 2013 7:04 AM

    The Lions are the Cowboys of the north (minus the five Lombardis).

    *******************************

    As usual you don’t know enough… the Lions have 4 NFL championships. The league didn’t start with the first super bowl. Just ask any packers fan and they’ll tell you about the 9 championships they won before the super bowl game between the AFL/AFC and NFL/NFC was created.

    The problem for you may be that the steelers absolutely sucked before 1972… as in from 1933 to 1971 they stunk.

  38. wrm1230 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:32 AM

    The NFL doesn’t need to manipulate games for the Lions to implode. They are very capable of doing that on their own and have a proven track record of doing so.

    And let’s please stop using the word “talented” and the Lions in the same novel. If they were so “talented” they’d simply WIN. Nothing more, nothing less…..not that good.

  39. gurkharavens says: Dec 17, 2013 9:40 AM

    This week both the Bears and Packers will lose. Can’t even predict anything for the Detroits. They are that unpredictable.

  40. chillyball says: Dec 17, 2013 9:42 AM

    Are these games fixed?

  41. flexx91 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:43 AM

    There’s no way Schwartz should keep his job if the Lions are out of the playoffs, especially if the Packers win the division. That team has (had) enough talent to win that division and was given more of a chance to win it when Rodgers was injured.

  42. alrocket says: Dec 17, 2013 9:44 AM

    As a football fan I hope the Bears & the Packers both win next week so it’ll be an exciting week 17 game.

    But as a Packers fan I would love to see the Packers win next week & the Bears lose.

  43. schmitty2 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:58 AM

    Those Lions fans that were popping off about running away with the division sure are quiet right now.

  44. grruffgrruff says: Dec 17, 2013 10:08 AM

    Bears will NOT beat the Eagles

  45. gsomatt says: Dec 17, 2013 10:11 AM

    Look for the Packers to beat Steelers at home and Bears to lose at Philly.

    GB will have the division locked up next weekend. But Rodgers will want some payback and will shred the Bears on their own field.

  46. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 17, 2013 10:18 AM

    Good game GB, but I sure hope taht’s not the Defense you’re going to roll out on Sunday afternoon. I was hoping for a competitive game.

  47. larryboodry says: Dec 17, 2013 10:30 AM

    @packerbacker2785:

    Hey, glad to oblige…(-:

    And what’s wrong with John Madden?

  48. purpleforroyaltygreenandgoldforbugars says: Dec 17, 2013 10:42 AM

    Hilarious that NFC north fans are taking shots at the Vikes when Green Bay without Rodgers is NOTHING, the Bears are no threat to anyone (narrowly beating the vikes in the final minute at home and losing in the dome), and the Lions lead by the leagues most arrogant/annoying coach are floundering per usual… No team in this division has any right to brag whatsoever.

  49. packsince1960 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:44 AM

    Thank you Matt “Romo” Stafford and Jim “Black Hole” Schwartz. You can’t rally around negativity which the Lions engulf themselves with since Schwartz has been there.

  50. sippindasyzurp says: Dec 17, 2013 10:46 AM

    I hate to say it as a GB fan but even if they make the playoffs they won’t be going far. Same goes for whoever comes out of this division. I guess it’s always fun to watch your team play an extra week or two after the season is over though.

  51. punkyqb says: Dec 17, 2013 10:47 AM

    Are the Lions the only team to never even be in a Super Bowl ??

  52. mogogo1 says: Dec 17, 2013 10:49 AM

    Simply unbelievable that Detroit couldn’t sew up that division weeks ago. I see all the “Dallas of the North” comments but Detroit is a far bigger underachiever because they actually have stars on both sides of the ball, yet still can’t put things together.

  53. azarkhan says: Dec 17, 2013 11:01 AM

    With the talent they have, the Lions should win at least 10 games a year and be in the hunt for a playoff berth every year. Instead they will probably finish 8-8 and out of the playoffs. Pathetic.

  54. purpleguy says: Dec 17, 2013 11:03 AM

    One thing reasonable fans can all agree on, and that obviously negates 50% of the fans above, is that the Vikings are going to win as many playoff games as the Packers.

  55. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 17, 2013 11:03 AM

    Silly Detroit, you’re not a good franchise. The fans must have been confused when the Lions were in 1st place.

  56. uberMensch() says: Dec 17, 2013 11:03 AM

    If Bears and Packers win next week NBC should flex schedule the final showdown!

  57. theqmaster says: Dec 17, 2013 11:08 AM

    Lions will loose both their last games! If not both at least one, the one with the Vikings. Metrodome on its last ever game will be packed and will be loud!

    I mean LOUD! Lions are the same Lions, whenever you think they will pull it thru they get emotional :)

  58. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 17, 2013 11:10 AM

    They don’t need the Packers to lose!

    Packers can tie twice, for the equivalent of 8.5 wins. Bears can lose and then tie for 8.5 wins. Lions win twice and have 9 wins!

    That’s only the Bears losing a game!

  59. jefe17 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:15 AM

    aikmanschinstrap says:
    Dec 17, 2013 7:39 AM
    If the Packers lose one game they are out. The Bears can afford one loss, but need to beat the Packers, and Lions need both teams to lose this upcoming week? Is that about it?

    _______________________________

    False….. If all 3 lose… then Week 17 will still be the same. Winner of Bears-Packers decide the North… GB can lose, but only if CHI does too…

    Neither will lose though… GB-CHI, week 17 matchup! Can’t wait!

    Longest and Best Rivalry in the History of the NFL!!

    GO PACK GO!

  60. uberMensch() says: Dec 17, 2013 11:15 AM

    Poor LieDowns…

    Thanks for keeping the seat warm!

    Signed,
    Bears and Packers

  61. 2difshoe says: Dec 17, 2013 11:26 AM

    gsomatt says:

    Dec 17, 2013 10:11 AM
    Look for the Packers to beat Steelers at home and Bears to lose at Philly.

    GB will have the division locked up next weekend. But Rodgers will want some payback and will shred the Bears on their own field.

    ——————————————————————-

    Wrong…Briggs will be back on the playing field.
    With Briggs, Ratliff and Peepers, the run game will slow for the Bears opponents.

    Cannot wait for week 17 in Chicago against the Pack for the division. Pack will not come out a winner.

    BEARS

  62. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:49 AM

    sdsmooth says:
    Dec 17, 2013 9:20 AM
    What are the playoff scenarios for the Vikings?

    ******************************************

    If hapless and tasteless were playoff scenarios, the Vikings would have 2 ways to get in.

  63. cobaltdriver says: Dec 17, 2013 12:03 PM

    Bears and Packers…the football gods are smiling again. Chicago and Green Bay,the NFLs version of royalty,the it was,the way it is, the way it SHOULD be. All the injuries these two teams have had, and one of these two teams will win the North,Lions healthy all year ,Vikings,healthy when it counted,still couldn’t close the deal. The NFL s oldest rivalry playing for the playoffs again…nothing better than that!!!!

  64. aldante66 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:10 PM

    I got the Packers dance ending next weekend. I had them 6-10 prior to the season start so I’m wrong on that one but I’m not wrong on the Steelers laying a lick on Packers and then the Bears doing same.

    This team does not deserve the playoffs with that piece of cr__p defense they are trying to play with. Hopefully heads will roll in three years when the packers fail to make the playoffs for the third time. They sure as heck are not going to admit anything was wrong other than injuries.

    It will take two more seasons for the fans to rally and start calling Ted out for his horendous draft picks. Perry. Jones, Worthy. None of them were highly rated and 31 teams passed on these guys.

    If it wasn’t for the pack offense, this would be thee worse team in football.

  65. toooverbearing says: Dec 17, 2013 12:18 PM

    Someone mentioned Lovie Smith going to the Lions. Question to Lions fans… would the Lions welcome Lovie if he was also bringing in Rod Marinelli as his DC? If not, and Lovie had a similar offer somewhere else (Houston), I wonder if that would be a deal breaker on Lovie’s part. I also wonder if Rod Marinelli would follow Lovie back to Detroit or if that would be a deal breaker for him.

  66. Frazier28/7 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:30 PM

    Wow those 5 losses in the last minute burn now… And then there are the packers, hiding behind a collarbone.

    Way to go Detroit, hopefuly this game is flexed into prime time and the Bears take the division they’ve lost out on the past few years.

    Do you think any team from th North can compete with Seattle???

  67. stellarperformance says: Dec 17, 2013 12:33 PM

    purpleforroyaltygreenandgoldforbugars says:
    Dec 17, 2013 10:42 AM
    No team in this division has any right to brag whatsoever.
    /////////////////////////

    You’re right….not yet anyway.

  68. favreflavoredwaffles says: Dec 17, 2013 12:34 PM

    whooligun says:
    Dec 17, 2013 7:47 AM
    The NFL has been working hard to make sure the NFC North comes down to an exciting, high ratings finish. There have been a half dozen blatantly obvious officiating miscues against the Lions in the last 2 weeks alone. You’d think they would try to make it a little less obvious!
    __________________________________

    I’m with you!! I’m trying to figure out how someone from the league shines a laser pointer into Calvin Johnson’s eyes or was able to grease up all of his receiver’s gloves and made him drop all those balls.

    When you can figure out that…let us know. You just may be the guy that can crack the Kennedy assassination plot too.

  69. pfatl says: Dec 17, 2013 12:38 PM

    From the NFL’s perspective, the most exciting result would be the Bears and Packers both winning next week, and turning the Week 17 meeting into a one-game playoff for the NFC North title.

    —–

    It’s more than that. If Bears and Packers win next week, not only do the bears and packers play for the NFC North, but Eagles and Cowboys necessarily play for NFC East. If Eagles win and Cowboys lose, NFC east is set and Bears-Packers loses some cachet.

  70. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 17, 2013 12:55 PM

    Talk football or shut your pie hole… says: Dec 17, 2013 9:28 AM

    steelersaregodsteam says:Dec 17, 2013 7:04 AM

    The Lions are the Cowboys of the north (minus the five Lombardis).

    *******************************

    As usual you don’t know enough… the Lions have 4 NFL championships.
    _______________________________

    We said Lombardis.

  71. cheddarbob101 says: Dec 17, 2013 1:08 PM

    This is for the NFC north fans. I justed started my account on here and have been reading your comments for a while. Lets start with the Vikings Petersson the best rb of all time, but doesn’t have a winning record 8-8 is agood season for him HOF with a losing record lol. The lions are a horrible franchise they have the top player at every position coming out of the draft and still 8-8 a good year. Da bears who really thinks they can do anything in the playoffs? Cutler is there qb throwing jump balls won’t win u a Super Bowl. Then we got the packers with that horrible D. Mannings=Brady=brees=rodgers. I don’t the pack plan on stoping anyone they plan on out scoring them and as much as you fans hate the pack and rodgers u know its possible any game for the packers to win. Lets get another one of them world championships .. #TITLETOWN#

  72. axespray says: Dec 17, 2013 1:08 PM

    sdsmooth says:
    Dec 17, 2013 9:20 AM
    “What are the playoff scenarios for the Vikings?”
    —————————
    Quit winning – draft a good QB – then hope the Packers/Bears/Lions are wiped out by injuries next year.

  73. oliviasdad2 says: Dec 17, 2013 1:53 PM

    The NFL may have up to 3 “Division Championship Games” in Week 17.

    In the order than IMO, if they are a championship game, that the game will get moved to SNF on NBC:

    Dallas/Philly — Networks drool over getting the Cowboys, easy pick for SNF.
    GB/Chicago — Very popular rivalry.
    Cincy/Baltimore — Bronze medal division championship game, but, if the two above are not 100% for the division, they might go with this one.
    SF/Arizona — This may be the 6th Seed “play in” game, if Arizona stays within a game of SF.

    I am guessing the “NFL Front Office dream” is at least the Top 3 above being for their divisions, and Cincy/Baltimore getting the widest national clearnace on CBS at 1pm, GB/Chicago getting the wide national clearance on FOX at 4pm, and Dallas/Philly on SNF.

  74. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 17, 2013 1:53 PM

    All this playoff stuff makes my head swim. I think I’ll go out and try to meet some new neighbors, or dig around to see what I can exhume. I’ll just let things fall where they go and watch on Sunday.

  75. icebowler says: Dec 17, 2013 2:23 PM

    First of all, I’d like to thank the Lions for beating the Bears twice. Also, I’m not going to diss the Vikings. If the Packers and Bears both loose next week to formidable opponents , and the Lions beat a pathetic Giants team, who ever wins the Bears-Packers game will need the Vikings to beat the Lions Week 17.

  76. packerbacker2785 says: Dec 17, 2013 2:47 PM

    @larryboodry says:
    Dec 17, 2013 10:30 AM
    @packerbacker2785:

    Hey, glad to oblige…(-:

    And what’s wrong with John Madden?

    ____________________________________

    Larry, I got the urban dictionary meaning to help you out….

    1. Thanks John Madden
    Said to someone that states the obvious. Inspired by famed football announcer and HOF coach John Madden. captain obvious

    Enjoy!

  77. deweyaxewound says: Dec 17, 2013 3:07 PM

    “No team in this division has any right to brag whatsoever.”

    Bullspittle.

    I for one think it’s a remarkable testamant to the resilience and toughness of this division, that despite being completely RAVAGED by injuries and assorted adversity, these teams are continuing to claw and fight (and WIN), right down to the wire.

    The Bears lost at least 6 (over half!) of their starters on defense ALONE, including 3 Pro Bowlers and a defensive signal caller, PLUS their starting QB, all while adjusting to a brand new HC and coaching staff, having an entirely new scheme, a brand new o-line – featuring two starting rookies, with 2 rookies starting at LB for the majority of the season, etc.

    Packers lost their perennial (team/league?) MVP candidate, and defensive captain/playmaker, yet continue to stay competitive and claw their way back into the chase.

    Even the lowly Vikings are continuing to scrap it out and contedn with and upset playoff contenders down the stretch.

    The only team in this division that should be utterly ashamed of what’s it done this season, in my humble opinion, is the Lions. They were literally handed the crown, given the keys to the division…and immediately threw it into reverse, bounced off a guard rail, and ran it straight into a ditch. (That’s our Little brother!)

  78. deweyaxewound says: Dec 17, 2013 3:07 PM

    “Do you think any team from th North can compete with Seattle???”

    Yes, absolutely. Because once the playoffs start – ANYTHING can (and does) happen. History tells us – it’s not the best or most talented or most dominant or favored teams that win – it’s the ones that get HOT at the right time. Giants, Packers, and Ravens are all recent SB Champs who, even as teams with obvious flaws and weaknesses, backed their way into the playoffs as a low seed, then made a run when it counted.

    Being the favorite is for suckers; I’ll take the underdog designation any day!

  79. deltaoracle says: Dec 17, 2013 3:51 PM

    I was looking for more comments about what a terrible job Ted Thompson has done in getting the Pack cornerbacks. You know, those little cheap guys from small schools who can’t play. But haven’t seen any such comments the last couple days.
    Frazier24/7, PFT noted in their power rankings a couple of weeks back that Green Bay may be the one team Seattle doesn’t want to see in the postseason. I agree with that. Not real likely it will happen, but we’ll find out. Packers have a tough close to the season, but they really seem to have pulled together as a team. If #12 comes back, I wouldn’t bet against them.

  80. wafflestomp says: Dec 17, 2013 4:45 PM

    Frazier28/7 says:
    Dec 17, 2013 12:30 PM

    Do you think any team from th North can compete with Seattle???
    ————————————————————————————-

    Yeah, I do. In fact, the Packers beat them in their own house last year.

  81. thesconnienation says: Dec 17, 2013 5:10 PM

    I cannot stop laughing at the Lion fans claiming that the league has a conspiracy against them and for the Packers.

  82. cobaltdriver says: Dec 17, 2013 8:19 PM

    purpleforroyaltygreenandgoldforbugars says:
    Dec 17, 2013 10:42 AM
    Hilarious that NFC north fans are taking shots at the Vikes when Green Bay without Rodgers is NOTHING, the Bears are no threat to anyone (narrowly beating the vikes in the final minute at home and losing in the dome), and the Lions lead by the leagues most arrogant/annoying coach are floundering per usual… No team in this division has any right to brag whatsoever.

    Kind of like back in the 70s..when the NFC Central was the worst division in football, Vikings and their fans would get all gizzed up beating up on teams led by the likes of Greg Landry,Bob Avvellini,Jerry Tagge, and God knows who the Buc Qbs were. Too bad then they d get the Rams on a -20 below day,then get to the Super Bowl,only to get their asses handed to them by the AFC rep in the game..embarrassing the entire NFC

  83. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 17, 2013 9:26 PM

    It would be great for football if the NFC North playoff berth came down to the greatest rivalry in football (Packers/Bears), in the final week of the season.

    However the ultimate trump card was already won when the Packers humiliated the Bears on Soldier Field and took the Halas Trophy in 2010, while on their way to a NFL record 13th World Championship. The only possible complete redemption can come from the Bears winning the Halas Trophy on Lambeau field on their way to a Lombardi Trophy, and we all know that will never happen.

  84. xkj220x says: Dec 18, 2013 12:37 AM

    Everyone here is forgetting Bears face a hungry Eagles team that can clean up the NFC east with a win on sunday. Which eagles then play Dallas at home, so eagles will play hard so they can end it on sunday. With Rogers maybe be out this week Packers could lose, or packers could win and lose to bears in week 17, Detroit some how win week 16-17 finish 9-7 hold the tie breaker over bears lions will north. It be crazy to see what happens. But I think it bears and packers will choke because there in drivers seats. Why football awesome!!!

  85. larryboodry says: Dec 18, 2013 1:08 AM

    @packerbacker2785:

    “And the team with the most points at the end of the game always wins.”

    I always liked Madden, despite his ‘Captain Obvious’ remarks.

  86. grruffgrruff says: Dec 18, 2013 10:11 AM

    @punkyqb

    Are the Lions the only team to never even be in a Super Bowl ??

    No, Cleveland Browns…

  87. packergator says: Dec 18, 2013 11:33 AM

    bobbyfinstock – The NFC East has sucked for the last few years, but that didn’t stop them from beating a team from a stronger division TWICE in the Super Bowl.

  88. packergator says: Dec 18, 2013 11:37 AM

    xkj220x – The Eagles can’t wrap up the division on Sunday unless the Cowboys lose at Washington (which could actually happen). If they both win, then the Philly @ Dallas game in the final week is the de facto NFC East championship game. If the Eagles lose that game, then Dallas owns the tiebreaker for having beaten them twice.

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