“You take it.”
“No, you take it.”
“No, no, no. Really, you take it.”
In a nutshell, that’s exactly what the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears said to each other Sunday as the NFC North endured an 0-4 record. Nobody wanted the division — nobody. The Lions had to win in order to stay afloat, but started off the day by falling to the New York Giants by way of an overtime field goal. The stage was then set for a Packers and Bears race from there on out.
The Packers took on the Pittsburgh Steelers in a snowy game at Lambeau Field which ended in a nightmarish way for Packer fans. Three key miscues in the final two minutes led to a Pittsburgh victory when it was all said and done.
Then, came the Bears.
Chicago was flexed into a primetime matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles in which gave them the opportunity to seal the division right then and there with a win. If the Bears could topple the Eagles, next week was meaningless — the division, and a playoff berth, was theirs.
In short, and to keep it nice, that didn’t exactly come close to happening.
The Eagles whooped all over Chicago on Sunday night, beating them 54-11 — like I said, I’m trying to be nice, but this was a flat out embarrassment for the Bears. Essentially, they just didn’t show up on either side of the ball. I believe they wanted to throw this game for dramatic effect going into the 17th and final week of the season — yeah, that’s it.
Who will win the division? It’s anyone’s game at this point, and it doesn’t look like any team in particular desires to come out on top. Unfortunately, there has to be a winner that heads into the postseason. The only way that division winner finds a way out of the wildcard round, though, is if Aaron Rodgers is cleared to come back. If not, this division is as good as dead at this very second.