NFC North opens up after Lions lose lead

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

The Detroit Lions dropped the ball on Monday night, leaving the NFC North crown dangling in front of the 8-6 Chicago Bears and 7-6-1 Green Bay Packers. With just two weeks remaining, the Bears knocked out the Cleveland Browns 38-31 on Sunday and are in control of the Black and Blue Division. Although Chicago fell to Detroit in Week 10, they started picking up steam this past month. A road victory against the Eagles in Week 16 would set up the Bears for a win-and-in Week 17. The Packers, meanwhile, miraculously came back against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Even though Green Bay didn’t pick up a single win in November, they’ve somehow crawled close enough to the playoffs for an actual shot.  An upcoming home game on Sunday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Steelers could set the stage for a winner-take-all battle against the Bears in Week 17. The 7-7 Lions, meanwhile, have gone 1-4 in the past 5 games, so things don’t look as spectacular as they used to!

Featured image courtesy of Chicago Bears Facebook.