There will be no
The 8-6 Bears have lost five of their last six games overall and six straight in the rivalry. Suddenly, they trail the Vikings in the division and must calculate wild-card tiebreakers against everyone in the
Maybe what Marshall is seeking under his tree now is sweeping changes at Halas Hall.
"It's the same every single game," said Marshall, who stirred things up during the week with his passionate anti-Packers news conference. "We need to be held accountable. What I have to do is try my best to keep it together and not let this affect me because it's starting to affect me more than it should."
There is no guarantee general manager
Things are slipping for Smith when it comes to battling Green Bay, the opponent he made such a big deal of in his introductory news conference. This game was made closer by two missed field goals from
On his third offensive coordinator in four seasons and fourth overall, it's fair to wonder if the team will ever get that side of the ball right under Smith. It's also worth wondering if chairman of the board
"We have to get to the playoffs a different way," Smith said. "That's the only thing we can think about right now."
To get to 10-6 the Bears must end the rough stretch that has dismantled the momentum of a 7-1 start. They have what appear to be two winnable games ahead but are averaging just 14.2 points in the last six games.
Once again Rodgers outdueled Cutler, now 1-7 against Green Bay. Rodgers fired three touchdown passes to James Jones, completing 23 of 36 passes for 291 yards.
The game swung late in the first half when Cutler and
The Packers then used a 13-play drive to open the third quarter, getting a pass interference call against free safety
There were five pass interference calls in the game and four went against the Bears — three on wide receiver
"That's not what lost us this game," said Cutler, who completed 12 of 21 passes for 135 yards and a 15-yard touchdown pass to Marshall that staked the Bears to a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.
Marshall was limited to six receptions for 56 yards, and Forte caught five passes for 64 yards. The only other reception was made by running back
Rookie left guard
It encapsulates the second half of the season, where Marshall is the only bright spot and with him and his teammates left to wish for something.
"It's like you're in quicksand and you keep fighting and fighting, waiting for something to happen," defensive lineman