Contender or pretender?

After three weeks, 3-0 Bears among new batch of contenders; Bucs don't qualify

Originally Published: September 29, 2010
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

It's too early to fully sort out the pretenders from the contenders, but it's worth investigating.

Mike Martz's play calling and Lovie Smith's defense have the Bears leading the NFC North with a 3-0 record. The Buccaneers won their first two games, and even though they are no longer selling out home games, they are moving in a positive direction. Two potential playoff teams have to come out of the scrap heap of the league's two West divisions.

Let's play a quick game ...

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