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Around the NFC North, Week 17: Bridgewater's strong performance, Stafford on red zone mistakes, Gould backing Cutler

Teddy Bridgewater's strong performance in his home state Sunday is one of the latest stories around the NFC North division.

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The last week of the NFL season is sadly upon us, as one of the final games of year will feature an NFC North title showdown between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions. Both the Packers and Lions have already clinched playoff spots, but the winner of Sunday's matchup is guaranteed a first-round bye. Green Bay can also clinch home-field advantage through the postseason with a win and a Seattle loss or tie.

Minnesota and Chicago will both end their seasons next week as they face off in Minnesota. The Bears lost 20-14 to the Lions with Jimmy Clausen at the helm, while the Vikings couldn't finish off a nail-biter in Miami, losing 37-35 to the Dolphins. All NFC postseason teams are wrapped up except the winner of the South division, which will be determined when Carolina and Atlanta battle in the Georgia Dome.

Here's how the seeding in the NFC conference currently sits:

Seed Team Record
1 Seattle Seahawks 11-4
2 Detroit Lions 11-4
3 Dallas Cowboys 11-4
4 Carolina Panthers 6-8-1
5 Green Bay Packers 11-4
6 Arizona Cardinals 11-4

To keep you updated on teams around the division, here are links to the latest information for each squad:


Linebacker Chad Greenway played with a heavy heart Sunday after his father's passing Friday night.

The Vikings announced on Monday that they've already sold 30,000 season tickets for their new stadium.

Mike Zimmer was not happy after another fourth quarter collapse for his team.

He also called the game one of the worst defensive performances he's seen in a while.

Even though his team lost and performed poorly on defense, Teddy Bridgewater looked really good in his home state.


Center Dominic Raiola has been suspended for next week's game against the Packers after stepping on the ankle of Bears defensive lineman Ego Ferguson.

The Lions have found success through a different approach under head coach Jim Caldwell.

Defensive lineman Nick Fairley might not be headed to injured reserve.

Welp, Detroit is practicing on Christmas, unlike the Packers.

Matthew Stafford talked about his bad red zone mistakes from Sunday.


Jay Glazer reported over the weekend that the Bears are in contention for Jim Harbaugh.  Culter and Harbaugh? Sign me up.

Speaking of Harbaugh, could him along with Bill Polian be a good general manager/coach combo?

Right guard Kyle Long is doing his best to get Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to sign with Chicago.

Jimmy Clausen will miss the season-finale against the Vikings due to a concussion.

Kicker Robbie Gould backed up Jay Cutler, and discussed some of the things that have gone wrong in Chicago.


Merry Christmas to all. Stay safe.