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Steady, division-leading Lions look toward Chicago

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions players are not ready to talk about a possible playoff berth, though they can clinch a spot this weekend with a win in Chicago.

Linebacker Tahir Whitehead says the Lions are simply trying to take care of business against a team they beat 34-17 on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit.

That win over the Bears (5-9) was one of Detroit’s nine victories this season against teams with records at or below the .500 mark. Receiver Golden Tate says the Lions’ 10-4 record is a result of consistent play rather than a product of a weak schedule.

Detroit leads the NFC North by virtue of its Week 3 win over Green Bay, which has an identical record. The Lions can also clinch a playoff berth if Philadelphia loses to Washington.


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