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Jay Cutler.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge: Trestman Leaves Door Open To Resting Starters

Depending on what happens late Sunday afternoon in Detroit and Green Bay, Bears head coach Marc Trestman may elect to rest some key starters against the Eagles on Sunday night.

12/19/2013

Alshon Jeffery of the Chicago Bears celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns.  (Credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images)

AP: NFL Power Rankings – Week 16

For the first time in weeks, the Bears sit atop the NFC North in the AP’s NFL Power Rankings.

670 The Score–12/18/2013

Earl Bennett. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Updated Playoff Scenarios: Lions Give Bears, Packers NFC North Control

The Bears are now in sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

CBS Chicago–12/16/2013

Running back Joique Bell #35 of the Detroit Lions runs for a gain while under pressure from cornerback Jimmy Smith #22 of the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at Ford Field on December 16, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Lions’ Playoff Chances Hurt With Loss To Ravens

Justin Tucker’s career-long 61-yard field goal with 38 seconds left lifted the Baltimore Ravens to an 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions in a Monday night matchup with major playoff implications.

12/16/2013

Matt Forte. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Hoge: NFC North Could Come Down To Bears-Packers At Soldier Field

By winning back-to-back games for the first time since September, the Bears have greatly increased their chances of making the playoffs.

670 The Score–12/16/2013

Matthew Stafford. (credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 15 NFL Picks

With only three playoff tickets punched, 25 teams remain in contention for a playoff spot.

670 The Score–12/14/2013

Matthew Stafford. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Silverman: Lions Will Falter & Give Bears Their Opportunity

The Chicago Bears are going to have an opportunity to make the playoffs as the NFC North champions.

670 The Score–12/13/2013

Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions carries the ball as Nate Allen  of the Philadelphia Eagles defends  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Eagles Beat Lions 34-20 In Blizzard Conditions

LeSean McCoy rushed for a franchise-best 217 yards, including touchdowns of 57 and 40 yards, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame two TD returns by Jeremy Ross to beat the Detroit Lions 34-20 in blizzard conditions Sunday.

12/08/2013

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.  (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 14 NFL Picks

With four games remaining, 29 teams remain in contention for a playoff spot.

12/06/2013

Matthew Stafford. (credit: Jason Miller/Getty Images)

AP: NFL Power Rankings – Week 14

The AP NFL Power Rankings are in for Week 14, and it’s not good for the NFC North.

670 The Score–12/04/2013

Russell Wilson. (Credit: Andy Lyons, Getty)

Durkin: Week 13 NFL Picks

Entering Week 13, 24 teams remain in or within one game of a playoff bid.

670 The Score–11/30/2013

Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers looks for a open receiver while playing the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 28, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Lions On Top Of NFC North With 40-10 Rout Of Packers

Matthew Stafford made up for some mistakes with three touchdown passes, including one to Calvin Johnson, to help the Detroit Lions score 37 straight points after an awful start to beat the Green Bay Packers 40-10 on Thursday.

11/28/2013

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Keidel: Feasting On Football

The endless genius of the NFL can’t be completely quantified. But part of pro football’s popularity is burning its image in our culture and our consciousness. While baseball and basketball have their July 4 and Christmas brands, they are afterthoughts, or leftovers, compared to the NFL’s hallmark roll call.

11/28/2013

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Sports Verdict: Who Does The Thanksgiving Game Better? Cowboys Vs. Lions

The Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions have hosted games on Thanksgiving Day for decades. Football has been played on this holiday for so many years, it is inextricably intertwined with all things Thanksgiving.

11/28/2013

Peyton Manning. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 12 NFL Picks

Heading into Week 12, 23 teams are either in or within one game of a playoff bid. A marquee matchup between two old foes is rekindled on Sunday night.

670 The Score–11/22/2013

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AP: NFL Power Rankings – Week 12

A win on Sunday over the Ravens did little to improve the Bears’ standing in the AP NFL Power Rankings.

670 The Score–11/20/2013

Peyton Manning. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Durkin: Week 11 NFL Picks

Ten weeks in the books and 23 teams remain in or within one-and-a-half games of a playoff bid. Week 11 is highlighted by two marquee, prime time matchups.

670 The Score–11/16/2013

Matt Forte runs behind Jordan Mills. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Week 10 Rewind: Missed Blocks Doomed Bears

Adam Hoge breaks down the Bears’ loss to the Lions Sunday.

670 The Score–11/12/2013

Marc Trestman talks with Josh McCown and jay Cutler. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

McCown To Start Against Ravens After Cutler Suffers Injury

Josh McCown is set to start his second game of the season for the Bears this Sunday.

11/11/2013

Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions rushes against Jordan Mills. (Credit: Johnathan Daniels/Getty)

Hoge’s Notes: Lions Knew Run Was Coming On Two-Point Conversion

The Bears may have gotten a little too fancy in the game’s most crucial moment.

11/10/2013

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