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Lions' victory would be huge boost for Bears

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In the big picture it might be more important for the Bears' playoff future to have Minnesota lose today than for the Bears to actually win.

As crazy as it sounds, a Vikings' loss at Detroit would allow the Bears to control their own destiny in the NFC North provided Minnesota trips up down the stretch with games against Arizona, Atlanta and the New York Giants. When you consider the strength of Minnesota's remaining schedule, it's feasible to think the Bears could pick up ground in the final three games with them playing New Orleans, Green Bay and Houston.

Yes, the Bears need a win today in the worst way to build some momentum, but they also badly need the Lions to pull off their first victory of the season. If the Vikings lose, the Bears could win a tiebreaker with Minnesota by beating Green Bay on Dec. 22. A Vikings' win today and Minnesota will win a tie with the Bears. Of course, if both Minnesota and the Bears lose, Green Bay could climb right back in the race.

So, keep an eye on the action at Ford Field today also.

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We can wish all we want for a Detroit victory, but that does not make it likely to happen. The Giants should beat the Vikings,and it is likely either Arizona or Atlanta will beat them as well. The Bears simply have to win out their last four games, which will not be an easy task with New Orleans and the Packers to face, but at least is possible. Then they can collapse in the playoffs the way the Cubs did. To be optimistic about this year's team is hard.

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