NFC North standings: Hello, first place

Gregory Shamus

The Detroit Lions are atop the NFC North thanks to their win on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Sunday's win over the Chicago Bears means a few different things. For starters, the Detroit Lions are off to a 3-1 start to the 2013 season. Also, they're off to a 2-0 start in the NFC North, and they currently hold the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Bears. As a result, the Lions are currently in first place in their division:

  1. Detroit Lions (3-1)
  2. Chicago Bears (3-1)
  3. Green Bay Packers (1-2)
  4. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)

The disclaimer from last week still applies... The Lions have only played four games, and we're only a quarter of the way into the season, so the standings don't necessarily mean a whole lot. However, it feels pretty good to look at the NFC North standings and see the Lions at the top, even if it is by virtue of a tiebreaker. It is especially nice to see the Lions with some room between them and the Packers, which were off on a bye this week. I still think Green Bay is a bigger threat in the division than Chicago, so it was good that the Packers got off to a slow start to the season.

If the Lions want Green Bay's slow start to continue, they will have to win their first game in Wisconsin since 1991 this coming Sunday. Yes, the Lions have yet another game against a division rival coming up, and this one will likely be the toughest yet. Snapping that losing streak at Lambeau would go a long way toward keeping Detroit at the top of the NFC North standings, and generally speaking, it would be a huge step forward for the franchise.

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