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Our experts weigh in on four of the biggest questions in NASCAR:Turn 1: Should Dale Earnhardt Jr. retire?Ricky Craven, ESPN NASCAR analyst: Dale Jr. is the most qualified person to answer this question and he says no, that he would like to continue competing. What concerns me is the concussion symptoms have persisted, he will be 42 next season and another wreck is inevitable in this business. Unless he has a burning desire to accomplish more than he already has, he should retire. The risk appears to outweigh the reward.Ryan McGee, ESPN.com: No. Not yet. I think the best possible scenario is the one hes taken, which is having a half a year to see what kind of ground he can make up. I think we all know him well enough to know hes not going to go out there if he thinks hes a danger to himself and others. So if he needs to take another year, fine. But right now getting back behind the wheel should rank way further down his priority list than any fan would ever want to admit.?John Oreovicz, ESPN.com: Maybe its his call, maybe its his doctors. Id say yes. In the shadow of his father, one of stock car racings all-time most imposing figures, he has accomplished an awful lot on the track and developed into one of the sports best personalities in his own right. Junior has many avenues open to him to remain involved in NASCAR and, once the shock has worn off, he might find the reduced stress level from not being a driver is to his liking. If hes forced to quit due to medical reasons, he has nothing to be ashamed of and a great platform moving forward to advance awareness of head injuries and the prolonged damage they can cause.Bob Pockrass, ESPN.com: Earnhardt shouldnt race anymore, just like I shouldnt have this third cup of coffee while writing this. It potentially could be bad for his long-term health. But if Earnhardt -- and his fiancée and his car owner -- is willing to take the risk and believes he could mentally handle the consequences if he suffers another concussion from a routine accident, then he should race again.Turn 2: Should Rick Hendrick be working on a plan for a driver for the No. 88 car for 2017? Who should it be if Earnhardt isnt ready by the start of next season?Craven: I would say wait a few months; there is plenty of time. Allow this process with Dale Jr. to take its course and support his efforts. Alex Bowman has done a very nice job and has enough experience to be a solid alternative.McGee: Yes. And it should be Alex Bowman. Or perhaps a Bowman/William Byron mix. Whatever they do, it needs to be someone other than Jeff Gordon.Oreovicz: You can be certain Mr. H has already been working on a Plan B for the 88 for some time now and with William Byron waiting in the wings, it might be a one-year issue. Alex Bowman already has experience with the team and if he performs well in his remaining eight races this year, he probably has the inside track. As a short-term stopgap, Id also take a look at Sam Hornish Jr.;?after his part-time success the last couple years in the Xfinity Series, it would be interesting to see how he would do given another shot at the Cup Series in a quality ride.Pockrass: Yes. There is no timetable for Earnhardts recovery. Hendrick should hire Greg Biffle. Biffles last year of his Roush Fenway deal is 2017, and Biffle leaving Roush Fenway allows the team to save on salary and for Chris Buescher to move into a full-fledged Roush ride. Hendrick gets a veteran for one year who could handle a situation if Earnhardt returns during 2017.Turn 3: Should NASCAR have taken the truck win away from John Hunter Nemechek for rough driving?Craven: Probably not. I believe this will play out among the fraternity of drivers. Let it be a driver-code issue. It did happen to Ricky Rudd many years ago at Sonoma, after spinning Davey Allison on the final turn, but it left a bad taste.McGee: Not just no, hail no. This was the Truck Series-level version of the 79 Daytona 500. They led SportsCenter! They won the Internet! The Trucks! They should send him and Cole Custer a gift basket.Oreovicz: NASCAR has always subscribed to the philosophy that the winner is who the fans saw cross the line first. But theres reason here to believe NASCAR could (or should) be rather heavy-handed in postrace sanctions because Nemecheks driving on the last lap clearly deserves to be penalized. Id suspend him for the first race of the Truck Series Chase, a genuine penalty that would make his path to a championship more difficult.Pockrass: No. The first bump was fine but the length of the shove of the second one was dirty. And then Nemechek lost control, resulting in the body slam that sent them to the wall. Nemechek could have lifted as they came to the checkered since it was his fault, but its also hard to fault someone going for the win. Nemechek will have to live with the consequences (payback). But Nemechek gets the benefit of the doubt that he tried to only bump-bump-and-run and not intentionally crash Custer -- therefore, no penalty.Turn 4: Did Kevin Harvick go overboard with postrace comments about his pit crew?Craven: Its not a healthy practice, but Kevin Harvick is among the few capable of pulling it off. The risk would be that team members lose confidence in their leader for humiliating them publicly. The flip side is, Kevin is among the best drivers in the business, he carries much authority at Stewart-Haas and can force change. Kevin will continue to be fast and consistent. His pit crew needs to be the same to win another title.McGee: Nope. He wasnt wrong. And hes taken this tack before at both Stewart-Haas and RCR to a pretty positive result. This is no different than a quarterback chewing everyones butts in the huddle on Monday Night Football or a coach questioning a guys play during a press conference. You cant do it all the time because then you become Chicken Little and you lose the impact. But when you do speak up, it creates action.?Oreovicz: No. Despite changes over the past couple of years, the No. 4 team regularly has more problems in the pits than any other crew. By his own standards, Harvick has been pretty diplomatic with his frustration to this point. But when he watches the Gibbs and Penske teams -- not to mention the other crews within Stewart-Haas Racing -- consistently execute flawless stops, hes got to be doing his best Jeremy Clarkson impression of saying, How hard can it be?Pockrass: Sure he did. But Harvick has been that way for years. You dont go play basketball for Bob Knight and then get mad that he yells at you. 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It will be the first time the Lions are in first place on the holiday since 1993, which is also the most recent year the franchise won a division title.I love it, Slay said. We know the risks, and the stakes.If the Lions beat Minnesota for the second time this month and sweep the season series, they would win the head-to-head tiebreaker if both teams are tied at the end of the regular season.You cant help but think about that, said Detroit receiver Golden Tate, who flipped into the end zone for a game-winning touchdown in overtime at Minnesota in Week 9.The winner of the game will definitely have an advantage in the division and will be in the drivers seat down the stretch.If the Vikings win, they will move into first place with a favorable schedule that includes only one team that currently has a winning record.I dont necessarily think this is necessarily for the division championship, Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer said. Its not like its the last game of the season.Here are some things to watch when Detroit and Minnesota kick off the NFLs holiday tripleheader:DIGGING IT: The Lions limited receiver Stefon Diggs to a season-low 6.15 yards per catch in the previous meeting, but he set a career high with 13 receptions.You let him catch too many and at some point in time hes going to burn you because hes explosive, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said.Thats an area where weve just got to continue to get better. Theres not a point in time where you say, `Hey, well let that guy catch as many balls as hed like.ROLLING ROBERTS: When the Lions signed Andre Roberts in June, a month after Washington cut him, they were hoping he would compete to be their returner and possibly provide depth at receiver.Roberts has surpassed expectations, becoming the first Detroit player to return two punts for a touchdown in a season since 2005. He has also made some clutch catches, incluuding a 27-yard reception that set up Matt Praters game-tying kick as time expired at Minnesota.ddddddddddddBERGER THE BULWARK: One bright spot on Minnesotas depleted offensive line has been veteran center Joe Berger, who will make his 36th straight start.The native of Newaygo, Michigan, played at NCAA Division II Michigan Tech and went undrafted before stints with the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys.Hes a really smart guy, quarterback Sam Bradford said. Hes really helped me with protections. I think thats one of the first things when you learn a new offense as a quarterback. You want to know, `How am I being protected? What are the calls? And hes been awesome.MAKING HISTORY: Detroit, which has trailed in the fourth quarter of every game, is the first NFL team to have the first 10 games decided by seven points or fewer.SPECIAL SPECIALISTS: Detroits Sam Martin and Minnesotas Jeff Locke are two of the top punters in the NFL. Martin leads the league with a net average of 45.8 yards. Locke ranks second in the NFL with 25 punts pinned inside the 20.Last week when Minnesota was clinging to a six-point lead over Arizona late in the fourth quarter, Locke had a 72-yard punt with a friendly roll to push the Cardinals deep into their territory.What Locke has learned to do, perhaps unlike former Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh and some of his struggling peers, is forget about mistakes.In the past, I mightve been sitting on a bad punt and letting it affect the next punts, he said. But now Ive learned especially this year just to clear it.Soon after Walsh missed an extra point and had a field goal blocked in the loss to Detroit, the Vikings released the former All-Pro kicker and signed Kai Forbath to replace him.Forbath and Prater both had an extra point blocked last week. They contributed to the total of 12 extra points missed ,

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