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GREEN BAY — Mike McCarthy isn’t going to do anything out of the ordinary. No drastic change to the travel schedule, no extra meetings, no menu change for the team’s night-before-the-game snack, no last-minute switcheroo with the lodging accommodations.

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When Bears coach Matt Nagy conversed with the media shortly after noon Monday, he was well aware that in just 71 hours his team would do battle with the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit.

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Munch on this mind-bender for a moment: Alex Smith’s devastating injury might have saved Jason Garrett’s job.

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CHICAGO — Let’s start with this: There will be more tests for the Bears to take and pass, but not only did they pass their biggest for this season Sunday night at Soldier Field, they aced it.

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As well as Bears QB Mitch Trubisky had played in posting a 101.6 passer rating through the first 10 weeks of the season, he had yet to perform at a high level against a quality defense like the one the Vikings brought to Soldier Field for Sunday nigh…

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Never mind that the Bears’ opening formation featured a trio of tight ends and Tarik Cohen at running back. Forget that seldom-used Taquan Mizzell received a carry that maybe, instead, should have gone to the team’s top rusher the last two years.

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Much of the talk around the Saints facility the last two weeks, despite knocking off the previously undefeated Rams and routing the Bengals on the road, was how the rich could get richer on offense. With Sunday’s coming-out party for rookie Tre’Quan Smith, the New Orleans offense may have been more loaded than they imagined.

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There are no surprises among the Bears’ inactives tonight, which include WRs Kevin White and Javon Wims, OL Rashaad Coward, DT Nick William, CB Marcus Cooper, OLB Kylie Fitts and FB Michael Burton.

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In one of the more obvious play-everyone-you-can fantasy matchups ever — the 9-1 Rams and 9-1 Chiefs colliding Monday night at L.A. Memorial Coliseum with a point total of 63 ½ (!) — Kareem Hunt and Todd Gurley might be productive.

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It’s no surprise that the 5-3-1 Vikings are one of the combatants in Sunday night’s prime-time matchup for supremacy in the NFC North. Coach Mike Zimmer’s crew was a popular Super Bowl pick after they went 13-3 last year and advanced to the NFC title…