Black and Blue all over: Live from Chi-town

CHICAGO -- Greetings from our latest NFC North locale, which will host Monday night’s matchup between the Bears and Minnesota. I made a smooth drive Sunday night from Green Bay but do have one tip for you: Never try to pass off a Canadian quarter at a tollbooth on the Illinois Tollway. They’ll nab you every time.

Anyway, I hope the playoff scenarios post I put together late Sunday night helps you navigate the week. The basic message is that Minnesota could wind up anywhere between the No. 1 and No. 4 seeds in the NFC. The Packers will be No. 5 or No. 6 based on Week 17 outcomes.

I’ll bring you our usual Monday coverage, including Third and One, as the day progresses, and plan to be at Soldier Field by late afternoon. For now, let’s take a (late) morning spin around the division: