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How Bears stack up in division race


Seeking their first playoff berth since 2010, the Bears will enter December in first place in the NFC North with an 8-3 record. They lead the Vikings (6-4-1) by a game-and-a-half and the Packers (4-6-1) by three-and-a-half games with five to play.

Of the three teams, the Vikings have the most difficult schedule the rest of the way, facing opponents that have a combined winning percentage of .564 (31-24). Minnesota visits the Patriots (8-3) and Seahawks (6-5), hosts the Dolphins (5-6), travels to the Lions (4-7) and closes at home against the Bears (8-3).

The Packers have the easiest schedule over the final five weeks, playing opponents with a winning percentage of .382 (21-34). Green Bay hosts the Cardinals (2-9) and Falcons (4-7), visits the Bears (8-3) and Jets (3-8), and hosts the Lions (4-7).

The Bears will face opponents with a winning percentage of .473 (25-28-2). They'll play at the Giants (3-8), host the Rams (10-1) and Packers (4-6-1) and visit the 49ers (2-9) and Vikings (6-4-1).

The Bears beat the Vikings and lost to the Packers earlier this season, but tiebreakers likely won't be an issue in the division race. Because Minnesota and Green Bay tied in their first meeting this year, the only way the Bears could finish with the same record as either team is if they tie one of their remaining games.