PFW associate editor Dan Parr makes his prediction for the outcome of Sunday's game between the Bears and Packers.
Whether or not Josh McCown ends up being an upgrade over Caleb Hanie at quarterback matters little in this game. Even if McCown does take care of the ball and make a play here and there, it won't make up for the fact that the Packers, with an injury-ravaged offensive line, are a much better team.
The Bears should be able to get pressure on QB Aaron Rodgers, but it's going to take a dominant performance from the Bears' leaders on defense — DE Julius Peppers, MLB Brian Urlacher, WLB Lance Briggs and CB Charles Tillman — and multiple takeaways to give the Bears' depleted offense a chance to keep the game close.
They will come up short — there will be no Christmas miracles at Lambeau Field Sunday night. We'll see a fifth-straight loss for the Bears, guaranteeing that their season will, mercifully, come to an end next week against the Vikings and the Packers will clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs.
Prediction: Packers 24, Bears 10
Season record: 11-3
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