The NFC North, with the exception of the Minnesota Vikings, is arguably the strongest division in the NFL, which includes the 7-0 Green Bay Packers, 6-2 Detroit Lions, and 4-3 Chicago Bears.
No, that's not a typo—the Detroit Lions are 6-2.
The Lions are a huge factor in whether or not the Bears are Super Bowl contenders. If Detroit continues to play the way they have been, it's going to be difficult for the Bears to keep pace and earn a playoff spot.
Detroit has a Week 9, then the team has to travel to Soldier Field for a very important meeting against the Bears. That game can go either way, but i'll give the Bears home-field advantage and say Chicago will get the win.
Detroit hosts the Carolina Panthers in Week 10. The Lions should win that game.
Green Bay travels to Detroit in Week 11. Being that the Packers are the best team in the NFL, I'm going to say the Pack get the win over the Lions.
The Lions have to travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints in Week 13. The Saints have had their ups and downs this season, but New Orleans will leave Week 13 with a win in front of the home crowd over the Lions.
Detroit should gets wins week 14, 15 and 16 against the Vikings, at the Oakland Raiders, and at home against the San Diego Chargers. Although anything can happen against the two AFC West opponents. San Diego is capable of beating anyone, and you never know what kind of spark Carson Palmer could bring to the Raiders offense.
Week 17, Detroit has to travel to Lambeau Field to play the Packers for the second time this season. The Pack will win this one at home.
Based off those predictions, the Lions will finish the season with a 10-6 record. The Bears would need a lot of help around the NFC to earn a second wild card spot, and Chicago is going to have to do their own job week after week to keep up with Detroit this season.