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NFL Week 9 Pre-Party Open Thread

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Once again, the Bears aren't playing on Sunday, but there's a couple matchups we're keeping our eyes on.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Yep, yet another week where the Bears aren't playing on Sunday (this makes, what, number three?). Sorry Carrie Underwood, but I think we're waiting all day for Monday night this week.

And the Detroit Lions happen to have their bye week this week, which means that with the Bears and Packers playing each other, the only divisional matchup to root against is one that doesn't even really impact the division, given where the Vikings currently sit in the division standings.

Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys
SUN - 1:00 PM ET

As far as the wild card standings go, there might not be much rooting hope there either. The one matchup that might be able to help the Bears is if the Falcons can pull one out against the Panthers. The 49ers and Lions are both on bye, which puts a little extra pressure on the Bears to win tomorrow night.

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
SUN - 1:00 PM ET

What other matchups are you keeping your eye on this morning?

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But this week, the Pre-Game Stream will return! It looks like it'll once again be just myself, but if you're looking for some discussion about the Bears and Packers, I'll be talking about this matchup and plenty of other football-related things. Maybe some video game talk and just whatever else comes up that's on my mind. As usual, if you have any questions, comments, or anything of that nature that you want to direct to my (our) attention, leave them in the comments! The stream will go live at 9:30 AM CT (remember the time change!).

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