Chicago Bears Opportunity is Now: Packers Lose Another Star

Reports out of Green Bay early Thursday morning are that the Packers have lost another star player for an extended period of time.

Pro Bowl linebacker Nick Barnett has reportedly suffered a similar wrist injury to the one that cost Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher the entire 2009 season, and Barnett will miss the remainder of the 2010 campaign.

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Thursday is apparently becoming "The Day After" in the NFC North. On Wednesday, the reports about Barnett were overwhelmed by the news that the Minnesota Vikings were bringing back wide receiver Randy Moss in a trade with the New England Patriots.

Barnett joins rookie safety Morgan Burnett and running back Ryan Grant on the season-ending injury list; Burnett has a torn ACL and Grant suffered a serious ankle injury.

At Halas Hall, Thursday is another day for Jay Cutler to get over thinking he's Batman and prepare for this weekend's game in Carolina.

In the Division, the Bears and Packers are tied at 3-1, but the Bears have the obvious tiebreaker after beating the Packers (that could change by the end of the season). The Vikings are just 1-2, and are coming off their bye week. That is significant because Moss will not get a bye week this year because of the trade; he has only nine catches in four games so far this year.

If there was ever a year for the Bears to steal a division title, it's this year.

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