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NFC North Week 17 programming note

As Week 17 games approach, some of our NFC North teams will have different agendas than what we're accustomed to. And so, as it turns out, will the NFC North blogger.

I'm going to hole up at Blog Headquarters Sunday rather than venture out to cover games that will have minimal impact on, uh, anything. That should put me in the best position to monitor the Detroit Lions' postseason seeding and possible opponent, the Green Bay Packers' health, the Minnesota Vikings' quest to avoid an 0-for in the division and the Chicago Bears' continued tryout of a 32-year-old quarterback.

It's possible we won't know the Lions' wild-card matchup until late Sunday night, following the conclusion of the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants showdown. Whenever it's locked in, I'll post a quick take of my thoughts.

In the interim, I hope everyone has a fun -- AND SAFE -- New Years' weekend.