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Monday, November 29, 2010
BBAO: Bears control their destiny

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Week 12 brings us this revelation: The Chicago Bears are in the proverbial driver's seat in the NFC North. The standings with five games left in the season:
1. Chicago Bears (8-3)
2. Green Bay Packers (7-4)
3. Minnesota Vikings (4-7)
4. Detroit Lions (2-9)

The Bears have both a full-game lead over the Packers and an advantage in the top two tiebreakers for division championships. First, the Bears won the teams' Week 3 matchup, giving them the early edge in head-to-head record. And the Bears (3-0) also have a better division mark than the Packers (3-1), accounting for the second tiebreaker. The third is record against common opponents, which is too complicated for my pea brain to figure out at this point.

After all, we still have more than a month of football left to be played. All this means is that the Bears need no help to win their first NFC North championship in four years. The Packers must win at least one more game than the Bears, and possibly two, from here on out to win the title.

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