Chicago Bears Football: What Does Bears Win over Lions Mean for NFC North?
If there is one word that would sum up Chicago's dominance over the Lions, takeaways would be it. No doubt that it was an off night for the Lions and Matthew Stafford, but the Bears defense put a serious hurt on Detroit's passing game.
Charles Tillman and Major Wright both returned interceptions for touchdowns. Add another couple of interceptions from Tim Jennings and Corey Graham and what do you get? A heavy dismantling of a very talented and possibly playoff-bound Detroit Lions team.
But what does this spell out for the NFC North? In arguably the strongest and most competitive division of the NFL, it means a lot.
The Bears and Lions still hold both Wild Card spots in the NFC. The only difference now is that the Bears are much closer to holding the tiebreaker over Detroit. This is a big deal. The Lions schedule from now until the end of the season is rough. Games against Green Bay twice and New Orleans will be critical testing grounds and determiners for this team.
If they cannot perform in these games, they risk losing a chance at a fifth seed position or, scarier still, a playoff run altogether. The season is still far from over and Atlanta and Dallas are in the hunt for Wild Card spots.
The Bears, on the other hand, have a much more favorable ending schedule. Only two games seemingly pose a threat to Chicago's playoff run: games against San Diego and Green Bay.
Which team is more likely to fall out of the playoff race?
Although granted an easier schedule, we've all seen before that anything can happen in this league and Chicago may very possibly stumble over the remainder of the season. However, this win at home provides the Bears with added momentum and a slight Wild Card advantage for the team to work with.
And what about the Pack?
The unstoppable Pack leads the North with an undefeated record, and Green Bay's reign at the top of the division is more than likely permanent. But don't rule anything out.
The Packers play the Giants, the Bears, and the Lions in the near future. It's been made apparent that these three teams are hungry and dangerous. Not to mention that the Packers' divisional rivals are chomping at the bit for a higher seed in the playoff run.
Chicago's win over Detroit at Soldier Field only intensifies competition and, in my opinion, creates even more incentive for both teams to knock Green Bay down from their projected number one seed playoff spot.
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