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2012 NFL Schedule: NFC Packers And Bears Clash, While Lions Take On 49ers

Week 2 of the NFL season kicks off on Thursday night, as the NFL has decided to expand its Thursday night coverage throughout the season this year.

Two NFC North teams square off on Thursday, as the Green Bay Packers play host to the Chicago Bears. Vikings fans will certainly want to tune in, as the match up is not only entertaining, but it's an important game for NFC North teams. A Bears win would put Chicago at 2-0 and Green Bay at 0-2, while a Packers win would have both teams even at 1-1.

With the Vikings taking on Andrew Luck and the rebuilding Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Minnesota has a perfect opportunity to either be two games up on Green Bay to start the season -- or find themselves ahead of both Chicago and Green Bay come Sunday night.

The Detroit Lions have a tough test of their own on Sunday, as they head to San Francisco to take on the 49ers on Sunday Night Football.

Though it's early, the Vikings could find themselves 2-0 on Sunday and atop the NFC North.

For a full list of Week 2's games, head over to SI.com.

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