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Week 11 NFC North standings: Lions remain 2 game back of Vikings

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Despite escaped the Browns game with a win, the Lions remain two game behind the division lead.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t pretty, but the Detroit Lions did what they needed to do and escaped Ford Field with a win over the Cleveland Browns. The win pushed Detroit over .500 for the first time since Week 5 when they were 3-2. However, they didn’t get the help they were looking for in the division.

The Minnesota Vikings picked up a huge road win in Washington, with a decisive 38-30 victory. Case Keenum looked like he wasn’t ready to give up his starting job to Teddy Bridgewater, completing 21 of 29 passes for 304 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

The other two NFC North teams faced off in a pretty hotly contested battle. In the end, however, the Packers were able to hold off the Bears just long enough to escape Chicago with the win. After Sunday’s game, here’s how the NFC North looks:

  1. Minnesota Vikings: 7-2 (2-1 in division)
  2. Detroit Lions: 5-4 (2-0)
  3. Green Bay Packers: 5-4 (2-2)
  4. Chicago Bears: 3-6 (0-3)

The Lions will have a good chance to make up a game next week. Here’s a look at who the NFC North plays win Week 11:

Lions: at Bears (3-6)
Vikings: vs. Rams (6-2)
Packers: vs. Ravens (4-5)
Bears: vs. Lions (5-4)

If Detroit can pull off that game against Chicago and the Vikings lose to the Rams, suddenly the Week 12 Thanksgiving game against the Vikings will be for the lead in the NFC North.

Of course, the Packers are still in the mix, but with upcoming games against the Ravens, Steelers and Panthers, they’ll need to show they can contend against better teams without Aaron Rodgers.

For now, the Lions did all they needed to do to stay in contention for the division, but there’s a lot of work to be done.