Some parts of the NFC North were hoping that the sun would rise Tuesday morning with Minnesota and New Orleans tied for the best record in the NFC. Alas, the Saints maintained their one-game advantage over the Vikings with a resounding victory over New England on "Monday Night Football."
But for those of you who have been asking, there are a set of 11 tiebreakers that would apply if the teams finish with the same regular-season record. To determine who gets home-field advantage throughout the playoffs:
1. Head-to-head, if applicable.
2. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
3. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
4. Strength of victory.
5. Strength of schedule.
6. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
7. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
8. Best net points in conference games.
9. Best net points in all games.
10. Best net touchdowns in all games.
11. Coin toss.
Obviously, the top tiebreaker won’t apply because the teams won’t play during the regular season. So keep this post in your back pocket as the season continues. Onward…
Rick Alonzo of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reviews the Bears’ decision to challenge Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.
Favre completed nine explosive passes Sunday against the Bears, notes Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune.
The Bears have lost four consecutive games for the first time since 2004, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Brian Urlacher’s comments about the Bears’ offense were compelling but not constructive, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
The Bears could move Chris Williams back to left tackle, notes Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago.
Green Bay has four potentially cold-weather games coming up on its schedule, starting Monday night against Baltimore. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examines the cold-weather preparation by coach Mike McCarthy.
The Packers are counting on a number of rookies to maintain their defense, notes Tom Pelissero of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Packers left tackle Chad Clifton (hamstring) could miss some practice time this week, according to Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee.
Cincinnati receiver Chad Ochocinco is licking his chops as he prepares for Detroit’s secondary. Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press has more.
The Lions rank No. 30 in the NFL in home attendance, writes John Niyo of the Detroit News.