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Doug Farrar

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Packers, Bears on Edge

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The NFC North has a huge logjam at the top, with the Lions bringing up the rear to a comical degree. The 7-5 division-leading Vikings should administer a serious spanking to those sorry Lions on Sunday, which puts the Bears and Packers, standing at 6-6 and 5-7 respectively, in dire straits.

As competitive as the NFC East and NFC South have been, someone's going to have to fight Minnesota for the North crown to even make the playoffs. On Sunday, the Bears and Packers each face AFC South teams that are out of the picture, but would love to play spoiler. Chicago has the advantage here - they're hosting the Jaguars, a reeling team that has lost three straight and looked particularly bad against the Texans last Monday night. Green Bay hosts those very same Texans, and Houston rookie running back Steve Slaton could carve up the porous Green Bay run defense like the proverbial Thanksgiving turkey.

Between the Bears and Packers, whoever loses on Sunday is pretty much done. Neither team faces the Vikings again in the regular season, so they'll have to make hay on their own and hope for a Minnesota collapse.

By Doug Farrar  |  December 6, 2008; 1:26 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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