Our Wild Week 17 includes a pair of division matchups that carry direct playoff implications. You're probably seeing as much microanalysis of these games as you've seen in the previous 16 weeks combined.
In the bigger picture, however, it's worth noting how one-sided these matchups have been in recent history and how thoroughly two of the quarterbacks have dominated this week's opponent over that period.
The Chicago Bears have won eight of their past nine games against the Detroit Lions, with quarterback Jay Cutler throwing 11 touchdowns and one interception. Against the rest of the NFC North, Cutler has lost eight of 14 starts, having thrown 23 touchdown passes and 25 interceptions, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers have won their past five games against the Vikings and 10 of their past 13. Two of those losses came in 2009, the first of quarterback Brett Favre's two seasons with the Vikings. And don't forget the Packers are riding the NFL's longest active divisional winning streak (12 games).
Finally, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a 115.5 career passer rating against the Vikings, having completed 71.6 percent of his passes while throwing 20 touchdowns and four interceptions against them in his career.
Those are some pretty significant trends over extended periods of time. That doesn't mean they can't be reversed. It just means that it has been a while.