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Lions and Bears Face Off for First Place this Afternoon, Red Wings Lose, Blackhawks Win

UNDATED (WHTC) -- At least a portion of first place in the NFC North will on the line Sunday in the Second City when the Detroit Lions visit the Chicago Bears.   Each team is 5-3 and in a three-way tie with Green Bay for the top spot in the division entering Week 10.  Detroit had the extra week to prepare this time and is built around its high- powered offense featuring strong-armed quarterback Matthew Stafford, shifty running back Reggie Bush and dynamic receiver Calvin Johnson. Stafford passed for 488 yards in a Week 8 31-30 last-second win over Dallas and has reached 15,000 career passing yards (15,424) in his 53rd game, fastest in NFL history.  Game coverage on 1450 WHTC begins at noon. 


            The New Orleans Saints host the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday's nightcap between two first-place teams.  Dallas has won three of its last four contests to move to 5-and-4.  New Orleans has lost two-of-three since opening the year 5-and-0.  1450 WHTC will have full game coverage beginning at 7:30 P.M.


            Henrik  Zetterberg  scored both goals for the Red Wings, in a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday night. Jimmy Howard gave up all three goals on 34 shots.  The Red Wings have lost their last three games.  Next game is Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena against the Winnipeg Jets.  Hear the game on Holland’s Hometown Station beginning at 7:10 P.M.


            Marian Hossa had a pair of goals to help the Blackhawks to a 5-2 win over the Stars in Dallas.  Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each had a goal and assist while Patrick Sharp recorded four assists for Chicago.  Niklas Hjalmarsson also lit the lamp while Corey Crawford made 31 saves as the 'Hawks won their fifth in six games.  The Blackhawks take on the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center this evening.


            Grand Valley State picked up a key GLIAC road win at Wayne State Saturday in Detroit, Michigan. The Lakers, 8-2 overall and 6-2 in GLIAC action, used a balanced attack offensively and an opportunistic defense en route to the 34-20 win. GVSU will entertain Saginaw Valley State next Saturday, Nov. 16th at Lubbers Stadium.


            The Michigan Wolverines lost to the Nebraska Cornhuskers 17-13, in a Big Ten Conference tilt at Michigan Stadium.  This was Michigan's first home loss since 2010, ending a 19-game winning streak in Ann Arbor.  The Wolverines travel to Illinois next Saturday for a game against Northwestern.


            Ryan Brumfield ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Eastern Michigan Eagles to a 35-32 overtime victory against the Western Michigan Broncos in Mid-American Conference play at Rynearson Stadium.  Western Michigan plays Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan has next weekend off.


Story by:  Diane E Coston