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You do get used to a lot of winning, and a Pack victory here puts the Bears in chase mode. Chicago must find a way to protect Jay Cutler, who was sacked six times in a loss at New Orleans.

Detroit (2-0) at Minnesota (0-2)

No team has roared out of the gate like the Lions, whose 75-23 points differential tops the league. While most everyone is lauding the Lions’ offense, that 23 and a No. 7 ranking on defense might be more impressive.

Minnesota led San Diego and Tampa Bay late in both of its defeats. Despite calls in the Twin Cities to bench Donovan McNabb, the Vikings won’t be, uh, throwing Christian Ponder to the Lions, who are favored in Minnesota for the first time in three decades.

New York Giants (1-1) at Philadelphia (1-1)

If Michael Vick (concussion) can’t go, the Eagles will need similar heroics to what they got from DeSean Jackson the last time these archrivals met. Philly has plenty of playmakers for third-stringer Mike Kafka if he is behind center, while the Giants can’t seem to keep key players healthy and their depth has been tested everywhere.

New York’s latest woes, other than sparking a league memo to teams not to fake injuries to stop play, include a concussion for wideout Mario Manningham and the loss of fellow receiver Dominek Hixon (right knee) for the season.

Washington (2-0) at Dallas (1-1)

A victory for the Redskins will validate their quick start and make them a factor in the NFC East, where they were projected as tailenders. Washington seems to have cleared up its porous rushing defense of previous years, and coach Mike Shanahan has ramped up the Skins’ intensity.

Dallas has performed well in spots, and also has made some awful plays. QB Tony Romo has been at the center of most of the good _ and bad _ and he was plagued by a cracked rib and punctured lung while finishing off San Francisco in overtime last Sunday.

Juicing up this bitter rivalry: Washington CB DeAngelo Hall saying he will go after Romo’s sore spot.

“If you know something’s wrong with an opponent, you’re going to try to target in on that,” Hall said. “We’re going to try to definitely get as many hats on that team as possible.”

Atlanta (1-1) at Tampa Bay (1-1)

Each team needs to shore up on defense, the Bucs against the run and the Falcons versus the pass. Which means Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman and Atlanta running back Michael Turner could have field days.

Freeman’s much-noted stat of leading a winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime eight times in 27 career games means no lead is safe. Tampa Bay trailed 17-0 at Minnesota a week ago.

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