The Bear victory, coupled with Green Bay's 23-17 loss to the resurgent Detroit Lions, leaves Detroit and Minnesota tied for first in what is undoubtedly the toughest of the four NFL divisions.
Since the Packers get a breather against Atlanta next week while Detroit and Minnesota settle the battle for first, it is probable that Green Bay will still be in easy striking range of the division title when the fourth game of the season is over. The Bears meet Baltimore, a team which could provide a sterner test of the Dooley defense than anything so far offered by either Minnesota or Green Bay.
The one thing that is perfectly apparent already is that this year, unlike last, the Packers have no cakewalk to even the division title. Any of the four teams could win.