The top half of our 2010 NFC North standings are set. The Chicago Bears have won the division title, and the 8-6 Green Bay Packers will finish second no matter what they do in their final two games. That leaves only one question to answer: Who will avoid finishing last?
The Detroit Lions have an opportunity to pull themselves from the division cellar for the first time in three years, a symbolic building block in their planned resurgence. The Lions (4-10) trail the Minnesota Vikings (5-9) by one game, but the two teams will meet in a Jan. 2 regular-season finale at Ford Field.
Divisional position doesn't impact draft order, where ties are broken by strength of schedule, but it is still relevant. The NFL incorporates it into its future scheduling formula and uses the same tiebreakers we more frequently hear about when it comes to playoff seeding.
So for this week's "Have at It," I'm curious how you see this playing out. Keep in mind that the Lions would win the tiebreaker if both teams finish 5-11 or 6-10 because of a better division record.
The Lions, who have won two consecutive games, will travel to the Miami Dolphins this Sunday. The Vikings, who have lost their past two games by a combined score of 61-17, will play at the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.
Who will it be? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. I'll publish a representative sample, as well as my own thoughts, later this week. Have at It.