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Monday, November 5, 2012
BBAO: The NFL's deepest division

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- All told, Week 9 was pretty good to the NFC North. We won three of four games, and the one loss wasn't exactly unpredicted. As @jc74 noted late Sunday, we are the only division in football with all four teams at or above. 500.

Here's how the standings shape up as we move into the second half of the season.
  1. Chicago Bears (7-1)
  2. Green Bay Packers (6-3)
  3. Minnesota Vikings (5-4)
  4. Detroit Lions (4-4)

The Lions have an opportunity to flip spots with the Vikings if they can win this Sunday at the Metrodome. The Packers are on a four-game winning streak.

But the story of the week is the Bears, who broke the 50-point barrier for only the second time in franchise history during the Super Bowl era, including a team-record 28 points in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans. They scored four offensive touchdowns, one on defense and one on special teams in a 51-20 victory, their sixth in a row.

As a result, Monday morning's tour will begin with the Bears. I'm heading back to NFC North blog headquarters but hopefully will have posts coming at you throughout the day.