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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

PFW associate editor Dan Parr makes his prediction for the outcome of Sunday's game between the Chiefs and Bears.

The game against the Chiefs, and the Bears' season, is riding on Caleb Hanie and his ability to cut down on mistakes. Kansas City has fallen on hard times, losing four in a row, but the Bears will also have serious concerns about the direction of their season coming out of Sunday's game if Hanie has another three-pick performance.

Fortunately for the Bears, the Chiefs' injury-plagued offense has averaged only 6.3 points in the last four games, and Chicago's defense should be up for the challenge of shutting it down and getting a takeaway or two. Kansas City will be settling for field goals all afternoon. With the Bears in a comfortable position from the start, Mike Martz will emphasize the running game and Hanie will be put in manageable situations, thanks to RBs Matt Forté and Marion Barber and good blocking up front.

It's not reasonable to expect dramatic improvement from Hanie in his second career start, but fewer turnovers is a must. He'll deliver in that regard.

Prediction: Bears 23, Chiefs 12

Season record: 10-1

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