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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 Bears and Vikings.

The Bears' defense never carried the team the way it needed to for the Bears to win with Caleb Hanie under center, and the "D" had one of its more disappointing performances of the season on Christmas night in Green Bay, when Aaron Rodgers had a career-high five touchdown passes by the time seven seconds had run off the clock in the fourth quarter.

With Adrian Peterson sidelined and rookie Christian Ponder expected to start ahead of Joe Webb, who gave the offense a big boost when he played last week, Chicago's defense will be up to the challenge in Minneapolis and give its teammates on offense the support they need, providing a bittersweet conclusion to a disappointing season.

QB Josh McCown will deliver another decent performance as long as Mike Martz, in what could be his last game as the Bears' offensive coordinator, makes sure to send help to his blockers on the edges against DEs Jared Allen and Brian Robison.

Prediction: Bears 21, Vikings 16

Season record: 12-3

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