In the neighborhood

Even while enjoying their long-awaited bye, the Packers closed in on one of the teams in front of them in the NFC North Division.<P>

Detroit (4-4) lost to Washington (3-5), falling for a play that didn't work for the 'Skins in their loss to the Packers last week.

Clinton Portis threw a 15-yard option pass to Lavernius Coles for a go-ahead touchdown. Portis also contributed 147 yards on 34 carries as the Redskins topped the Lions 17-10.

That drops Detroit into a tie for second in the division with Green Bay. The Packers already have a win over the Lions this season.

Meanwhile, the last-place Bears tightened up the race with a come-from-behind 28-20 win over the New York Giants.

Despite spotting NY a 14-point lead in the game's opening minute, the Bears' defense turned stingy the rest of the way.

Alex Brown had four of the Bears' 7 sacks. Giants' QB Kurt Warner has now been sacked a league-high 37 times this season.

Chicago improved to 3-5, winning their second straight.

Division leader Minnesota (5-2) travels to Indianapolis (4-3) tonight on Monday Night Football. A loss would put the Vikes a game up on the Packers as Minnesota prepares to come into Lambeau Field next weekend.


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