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Monday, October 31, 2011
BBAO: Swapping bye weeks

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

DENVER -- Now, we flip the switch. The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will emerge from their bye this week. The Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings will go into hibernation for a week, and we'll all reconvene at full strength in Week 10.

Week 9 brought us some clarity on the Lions' short-term future and some genuine optimism for the Vikings in the long term. Let's hit the local coverage as I travel back to NFC North blog headquarters: