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BBAO: We interrupt our story ...

11/21/2011

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Now then. I can't say this is what I expected for our holiday week.

The Chicago Bears are dealing with the loss of quarterback Jay Cutler, who broke his right thumb Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings, in the midst of one of their worst-ever seasons, are crossing their fingers on an upcoming MRI test for tailback Adrian Peterson. And the Green Bay Packers are hoping the news isn't too bad on tailback James Starks, who has a sprained knee.

Only the Detroit Lions were left unscathed by Week 11, but they now face a tough run of games against the Packers (twice), the New Orleans Saints and the Oakland Raiders.

The good news is that if the 2011 season had ended Sunday, the Packers (10-0), Lions (7-3) and Bears (7-3) would all be in the playoffs. It's still all there for our taking.

We'll start ramping up coverage of our Thanksgiving Day showdown at Ford Field soon enough. For now, let's check in on local coverage from around the NFC North: