The Chicago Bears needed to rebound from a pitiful performance on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers. Sure, the Bears were at home and the Minnesota Vikings aren't the 49ers or the Houston Texans, but they have a winning record.
That is more than we can say for most of the Bears' opponents. The win was just the second win for the Bears over a team above .500 on the season.
The win assured the Bears of at least maintaining a tie for first place in the NFC North. If the New York Giants knock off the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, the Bears will regain sole possession of first place in the division.
They will host the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13. Considering the Seahawks are 1-5 on the road this season, this is a game the Bears should win.
The Bears are in a good place after this win.
San Francisco 49ers Squash New Orleans' Saints Hopes
Colin Kaepernick got the start, and the Niners pulled off a huge win. The Saints absorbed their sixth loss, and this will make it very difficult for them to make the postseason.
The Niners look like the best team in the NFC, in my opinion.
Their defensive line is playing out of their minds. They sacked Drew Brees five times, the secondary picked him off and scored twice.
I don't think Alex Smith deserved to be benched, but the team looks dangerous with Kaepernick under center. As he improves, the team's offense will only get better.
New England Patriots Embarrass the New York Jets
The Patriots staked final claim to the AFC East and killed any practical playoff hopes the Jets could have. The 49-19 rout was the third win by 25 or more points in the last four weeks for the Patriots.
They began the season a bit shaky, but they have clearly established themselves as the dominant team in the AFC East. The Jets may as well see what Tim Tebow can do; they have nothing to lose.
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