BBAO: Bears, Vikings emerge in race

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Late last week, I suggested the NFC North had an opportunity to step up and demonstrate it will have multiple teams in playoff contention thanks to a weekend schedule of presumably inferior AFC South opponents. Two of our three teams capitalized Sunday.

The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears defeated the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars, respectively, by combined scores of 71-10. The Green Bay Packers, however, were stunned by a second-half comeback and dropped a 30-27 game to the Indianapolis Colts that lowered their record to 2-3.

This week, the competition gets a tougher with the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles -- whose combined record is 9-5 -- on the schedule. (The Bears have their bye.) But first, a quick look around Monday morning's coverage: