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NFC North twist: Bears fans rooting for Vikings

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The Bears downplayed all the scenarios after their game, especially since the Green Bay Packers game had just gotten underway.

But after the Packers demolished the New York Giants 45-17, the Bears may have to seriously think about how they are going to prepare for Sunday's game, which will probably be flexed.

The easiest route is for the Minnesota Vikings to upset the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday night. Then, the Bears are assured of at least the No. 2 seed, which comes with a first-round bye.

That raises an interesting question: how hard do the Bears try to win next Sunday at Lambeau Field, if it doesn't mean anything to them, except to spoil the Packers push for a playoff spot? The Packers, after all, just need a win to get in.

Do the Bears take the preseason approach, and field key players for just a half? Or, do they try to win the game, for the sake of beating a division opponent?

But if the Eagles beat the Vikings and lose to the Dallas Cowboys, then the Bears finale would be rendered meaningless to them. That's because the loser of the NFC South -- the Atlanta Falcons or the New Orleans Saints -- would fall all the way to the fifth spot.

But if the Eagles win out, then Sunday's game between the Packers and Bears is one of the most fascinating, which is why NBC would likely move the game from a noon kickoff to the evening. Bears win, and they get the No. 2 seed. Packers win, and they get into the playoffs.

And depending on how things shake out, there's a strong possibility that the Bears -- if they wind up as the third-seed -- would turn around and host the Packers at Soldier Field in the NFC Wildcard round.

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Would love to see the Bears knock the Packers out of the playoffs in the final game. That would be hilarious.

Also, had to share this. It's a story by Les Carpenter from Yahoo! put up only hours after the Bears' victory:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AlYGJWjekanfFKjdqiWtR_xDubYF?slug=lc-suspectbears122610&

Someone's making sure to take their stupid pills.

Don't take your foot off the gas Lovie. Lots of reasons.

Remember how the team reacted to their bye week this year? A week off is better than playing some sort of preseason game. I also don't like throwing that "try vs don't try" switch. Sometimes it takes too long for it to come back on. If they knock out the Packers it means that either the Bucs or the Giants are in. I know the Giants killed Chicago this year, but after the last two weeks nobody is afraid of the Giants. I like their chances playing Tampa in Soldier Field a lot. I'd take either of those teams over the Packers in a heartbeat. Green Bay is a team on the rise that we don't need in the playoff field.

Do what needs to be done to beat the Pack.

I completely agree with MSBearsFan. The Packers are just too dangerous. Knock them out of the playoffs so we don't have to see them again.

There is no way I would like to see the Bears play Green Bay three times this season.Green Bay is a very tough opponent for any team and getting them out of the playoffs would be a solid way to make the road to the Super Bowl a lot easier for the Bears.I remember when the Vikings beat the Bears twice and then lost to the Bears in the third game.I also agree with MSBearsFan. Tampa at Soldier Field sounds great to me as well.So the Bears should definitely take advantage of the Packers' injuries and their own lack of them and get them out of play0ff contention.

Did you even read the article, Mike. What did he say that was wrong? It's the same thing others on here have been saying. It is all correct. I know it hurts your feelings, but for a team that is 11-4, name me one team {that wasn't using a 2nd or 3rd string qb, was 0-7 going into the game, or had quit on their coach} that they have dominated from kickoff to final gun? And even some of the teams listed in the brackets above stuck with the Bears.

And the guy was right about the Jets game. I think what the Ryans have proven over the years is that they are much better coordinators than they are head coaches. At halftime of the Jets game, the momentum was clearly on the Jets' side. Then what does that goof do? go for it on your own 40? Then after the Bears score and stop them, they punt to Hester. I don't think there was even a net gain on the punt. These aren't really executional things that happened {obviously you have to tackle Hester and conversely block for him}, but strategic.

If it had been me doing the article, I would have gone deeper and looked at Peppers' stats. I haven't done it, but I wonder how much of his production has come from the roughly 42% of the games that have been played against the type of teams listed in the brackets above? If any team's defense played 42% of their snaps against 2nd/3rd string QB's, a winless team, and the Vikings when they had quit on Childress, I think their numbers would be somewhat skewed too. I think the only time Peppers got close to Sanchez was after the game while walking across the field.

Trust me, I want this team to go far in the playoffs, but da*it, show me something from start to finish against a top notch opponent. And the worst thing are the analysts talking about how Lovie has this team's defense playing like 06. NO HE DOESN'T. 06 was more attacking and oportunistic. And that was against anyone on their schedule. That team played the Patriots much better in their stadium than this team did against them here. Come out and dominate the Packers in all 3 phases of the game, and I will be a believer.

Did you even read the article, Mike. What did he say that was wrong? It's the same thing others on here have been saying. It is all correct. I know it hurts your feelings, but for a team that is 11-4, name me one team {that wasn't using a 2nd or 3rd string qb, was 0-7 going into the game, or had quit on their coach} that they have dominated from kickoff to final gun? And even some of the teams listed in the brackets above stuck with the Bears.

And the guy was right about the Jets game. I think what the Ryans have proven over the years is that they are much better coordinators than they are head coaches. At halftime of the Jets game, the momentum was clearly on the Jets' side. Then what does that goof do? go for it on your own 40? Then after the Bears score and stop them, they punt to Hester. I don't think there was even a net gain on the punt. These aren't really executional things that happened {obviously you have to tackle Hester and conversely block for him}, but strategic.

If it had been me doing the article, I would have gone deeper and looked at Peppers' stats. I haven't done it, but I wonder how much of his production has come from the roughly 42% of the games that have been played against the type of teams listed in the brackets above? If any team's defense played 42% of their snaps against 2nd/3rd string QB's, a winless team, and the Vikings when they had quit on Childress, I think their numbers would be somewhat skewed too. I think the only time Peppers got close to Sanchez was after the game while walking across the field.

Trust me, I want this team to go far in the playoffs, but da*it, show me something from start to finish against a top notch opponent. And the worst thing are the analysts talking about how Lovie has this team's defense playing like 06. NO HE DOESN'T. 06 was more attacking and oportunistic. And that was against anyone on their schedule. That team played the Patriots much better in their stadium than this team did against them here. Come out and dominate the Packers in all 3 phases of the game, and I will be a believer.

Gearheadboy --

Tru dat!

Agree with everyone else about the Packers. Do not want to see them in the playoffs. This is a team that has arguably the most decimated roster due to injury, but still has a shot at the playoffs. They are tough, determined and incredibly adaptable.

Gearhead,

I'm not surprised at all. You probably read Carpenter's story and said aloud to yourself, "Oh my God. Les...is a GENIUS!!!"

Most people who saw that story, including non-Bears fans, thought it was flat out ludicrous to call a team frauds when they just won a game with their offense putting up Brady-like numbers against the Jets defense.

Good teams find ways to win. The Bears did just that on Sunday.

Only a handful of people like you, Seedy, Uprooted and that JohnF guy would agree with Les. Now why don't all of you go and root for that team that isn't a pretender. You know, the Cowbo- oops! The Vikin- oops! I meant the Gian- oops! How about the Eagl- oops again!

Gearhead,

I'm not surprised at all. You probably read Carpenter's story and said aloud to yourself, "Oh my God. Les...is a GENIUS!!!"

Most people who saw that story, including non-Bears fans, thought it was flat out ludicrous to call a team frauds when they just won a game with their offense putting up Brady-like numbers against the Jets defense.

Good teams find ways to win. The Bears did just that on Sunday.

Only a handful of people like you, Seedy, Uprooted and that JohnF guy would agree with Les. Now why don't all of you go and root for that team that isn't a pretender. You know, the Cowbo- oops! The Vikin- oops! I meant the Gian- oops! How about the Eagl- oops again!

Once again, Mikey, you can't refute anything, so you resort to hiding behind a computer screen {the modern day momma's skirt} and dribble on about other teams and taking shots at me. And then you pull out your Chris Berman book of "Football Chiches" and write one down. "Good teams find a way to win"...BRILLIANT!!!..Come on Mikey, try harder...There's more cliches in you. "You can only play the games on your schedule"...or how about..."we gave 110% today"....Idiot.

Since Paul is seemingly our oldest blogger on here, I will ask him what I have asked several times in the past 2 weeks. Paul, in all the years you have watched football, do you remember any team, Bears or otherwise, who have played over 40% of their snaps against 2nd and/or 3rd string QB's, a team 0-7, and a team that had quit on their coach?

I am watching ESPN last night and across the bottom scroll, I see under the heading "NFL" where the owner of the the Chargers' said that the Coach and GM were coming back. It has been the first time since 2005, that the Chargers hadn't made the playoffs. What? That can't be!! Just ask Mikey, it's not true!!. There can't be an ownership that would hold his GM and coaching staff to that high of a standard. I mean, I was told just last week that 3 DIVISION titles in 7 years was "good".

The comparison between AJ Smith and Angelo is like comparing a Corolla to a Corvette. I took the liberty of looking up AJ Smith's Drafting record between 04-09 and this argument is absurdly funny.

04: Phillip Rivers, Igor Olshansky, Nate Kaeding, Nick Hardwick, Shaun Phillips, Michael Turner. Ryon Bingham, and Shane Olivea.
{LOL...that's 10 years worth of Angelo's drafting}
05: Merriman, Castillo, Vincent Jackson, Darren Sproles, & Scott Mruczowski.
06: Cromartie, Marcus McNeil, Charlie Whitehurst, Dobbins, & Jerome Clary.
07: {regarded as his worst year} Eric Weddle, Legedu Naanee, & Brandon Siler.
08: Antoine Cason, Jacob Hester
09: Larry English, Vasquez, Kevin Elison.
And on top of that, since taking over in 03, some of his well known undrafted free agent signings have been: Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd, Kassin Osgood, and Mike Tolbert. {Hell, that would be an A+ draft class for Angelo.}

I have got the 2 permanent Angelo "butt fixtures" in Armstead and Mikey telling me how wrong I am to not support Angelo and Lovie, and Armstead telling me how Tillman could start on other teams, and how Anthony Adams was a great pick up..blah, blah, blah, and then there is a guy in a seemingly less enthusiastic football city like SD who built a team from the ground up with a much greater drafting record than Angelo who's job might have been in doubt.

Don't worry, Mikey, you will get your wish. Angelo will be there in the war room in late April with the "keys to the Bentley" in his drunk hands drafting guys that no one's ever heard of, or that can jump out of a pool flat footed. Don't worry. And Lovie will get his 3 year extension and before you know it, the franchise QB will be over 30 and hadn't seen a SB. So you just stay on your knees with your lip gloss handy.

Well, Gearheadboy, as the most senior senior citizen, no, I have not heard of or seen a team as lucky as the Bears have been this year,but I am a firm believer in the concept that teams and people make their own luck for the most part.Luck plays a part of every game. There were also two games the Bears should have won but did not. If they had won those games, they would not be concerned about the number one seed.As the old cliche's' state: " That's the way the ball bounces," or "That's the way the cookie crumbles." Anyone who would prefer to be good rather than lucky does not understand the true nature of reality.

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