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Who wins NFC North? NFC East?
Now things are interesting. Actually, they already were interesting. And they remain that way, after the Chicago Bears routed the Dallas Cowboys in what seemed like an evenly matched game between two playoff-hungry teams. Not so much. This puts Chicago in a tie for NFC North supremacy with the Detroit Lions, with the Green Bay Packers just half a game behind. The Cowboys, meanwhile, must scramble to catch the Philadelphia Eagles -- now one game up -- although the two teams do meet on the final day of the season, and Dallas beat Philly in their first matchup ...
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NFL Week 14 -- Cowboys at Bears
While the NFC West and NFC South might feature the conference's top contenders, the NFC East and NFC North aren't without heated divisional races. That's where these two teams come in: the 7-5 Dallas Cowboys, tied atop the East, and the 6-6 Chicago Bears, one game behind the Detroit Lions in the North. Which team will snag a critical win Monday night?
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Which team will win NFC East?
Neither team had it easy, but both got the job done. On Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys erased an early two-touchdown hole against the Oakland Raiders to (temporarily) take the outright lead in the NFC East. Three days later, the Philadelphia Eagles held off a late charge by the Arizona Cardinals to win 24-21 and resume their tie atop the division. New York and Washington are still mathematically alive, but it appears the Eagles or Cowboys will take the crown. Which will it be?
Jerry Jones' record as general manager (a position he's held since 1997) is exactly .500, which helpfully coincides with the Cowboys' 2013 record of 5-5. You could say that means he's performing at about the level you would expect him to, but Jones would disagree. He thinks he's doing his best work in years. To be fair, given the low bar the rest of the NFC East has set, the Cowboys could find themselves sneaking into the playoffs even if their final record doesn't exactly warrant boasting. Jones clearly enjoys being involved in his team's day-to-day operations, but is he doing more harm than good?
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One thought to belong to the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers, respectively, the NFC East and NFC North are pretty tight right now. The Philadelphia Eagles took the outright lead in the former, albeit by just a half-game as the 5-5 Cowboys remained idle. Right behind Dallas are the New York Giants, who won their fourth straight after that 0-6 start.
Among the Great Lakes teams, the first-place Detroit Lions lost at the Pittsburgh Steelers, dropping them into a tie with the Chicago Bears (victorious over the Baltimore Ravens). Those Packers, meanwhile, dropped their third in a row, continuing to struggle in the absence of Aaron Rodgers. What does the future hold for these divisions?
NFC East champ?
Will Nick Foles and the Eagles close the deal? Or do their rivals have something left?
NFC North champ?
Despite the best efforts of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, Detroit still could be upended.
Out of the East?
From barely reaching the playoffs to going all the way -- could Eli Manning and the Giants do it again?
Out of the North?
If Aaron Rodgers can come back healthy, and if the Packers somehow get into the playoffs, would that make them a sleeper?