NFC North Watch: How do Bears, Packers, Lions sit?

Heading into Week 11, the NFC North tightens up, as the Vikings and Packers creep closer to front-running Chicago. The Lions? Lost.

With the Vikings' victory over Detroit, the Lions' playoff hopes took a serious hit. They're now 4-5, and at the bottom of the ultra-tough NFC North. As Free Press writer Drew Sharp put it: "An already faint pulse feebly fell silent Sunday afternoon."

Next week, the Lions face the Green Bay Packers, who had a bye this week. Green Bay, 6-3, are in second place in the division, with the Vikings third at 6-4.

Both the Vikings and Packers inched closer to the Chicago Bears in Week 10, after the Bears lost to Houston at Soldier Field on Sunday Night Football.

A rainy, miserable night made for a low scoring affair, as the Texans pulled out a sloppy 13-6 win. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had to leave in the second quarter with a concussion, forcing Jason Campbell into the game --but he couldn't do much.

Next week, the 7-2 Bears play the 49ers on Monday Night Football in San Francisco.

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