NFC North Standings: Bears neck-and-neck with Vikings after Week 9

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The NFC North is starting to come down to a two-team race, but it's never wise to count out the Green Bay Packers with a healthy Aaron Rodgers under center.

The Bears remain just a tie ahead of the Minnesota Vikings for first place at 5-3 after their 41-9 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

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The Vikings got back on track with a win over the Detroit Lions to move to 5-3-1, but Minnesota enters a bye for Week 10 that could allow Chicago to extend their lead with another win on Sunday.

The Packers lost their second-straight game against a top-shelf opponent, dropping back-to-back matchups against the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots to fall to 3-4-1. Rodgers may be able to get Green Bay back on track with games against the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks in the next two weeks.

The Lions remain at the bottom of the division at 3-5, and their two games against the Bears in the next three weeks may be their last opportunity to push for postseason relevance in a tightly contested division.

From an NFC North standpoint, Chicago is entering arguably the most critical part of their schedule, with their Sunday night game against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11 likely going a long way to deciding who takes the division crown.


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