BEARS DOWN: It was ugly in Minnesota on Sunday for the Bears, where a flurry of defensive injuries, dropped passes (Sun-Times) and a steady dose of Adrian Peterson (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) led to a 21-14 (NFL.com) loss at the Metrodome. The Bears, once 7-1, are 8-5 and a suddenly a game behind the Packers in the NFC North. ESPN Chicago‘s Jon Greenberg says Bears fans may have been rooting for a Metrodome roof collapse and wonders about Lovie’s future, while the Trib‘s David Haugh writes the playoffs are a still a possibility even if all optimism was lost on a snowy afternoon in Norse Country. By the way, the Bears face the Packers next week at Soldier Field and the possibility that they need to win out to make the playoffs (ESPN).
As for some good news, Brandon Marshall had another jaw-dropping day (CSN Chicago) and according to Football Outsiders, the Bears still have a better than 80 percent chance to make the postseaon. The Tribune also put together a video starring Jay Cutler’s “shoulder lean.” It probably won’t cheer you up, though.
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