Packers 35 Bears 21, Bears fall to 7-8.

Packers 35 Bears 21, Bears fall to 7-8.

The Bears have now lost 5 in a row and are now eliminated from playoff contention.  But there were some highlights about last night's game. Even though we didn't get the Christmas miracle we were praying for, there were some things that were worth watching. First let's get the negatives from last night's game out of the way:

Defense=BAD! The Bears only got one lousy sack on Aaron Rodgers last night. They did not force any turnovers, they couldn't cover Green Bay's receivers, the defensive line was so-so, and the secondary lo0ked like a bunch of sitting ducks out there. The offense was better but they had their moments as well. Josh McCown's 2 interceptions were caused by poor throwing decisions on his part. Kahlil Bell also fumbled twice.

Devin Hester was unable to find success in the punt return game but did ok in the kick return game. But the main negative force was the Bears defense. Now for the positives:

I can't believe I'm saying this but aside from the 2 picks Josh McCown was solid. And it's been a while since anyone has been able to say that about him. Roy Williams and Dane Sanzenbacher were the main reasons for McCown's success. They combined for 10 catches and 132 receiving yards. Kahlil Bell stepped up big time and hopefully his performance will keep him on the roster next year.

He had 121 yards rushing and 38 yards receiving, Armando Allen was pretty good too. But the best stat of the night, NO SACKS! The offensive line was flawless, and every time McCown was under pressure he turned it into positive rushing yards (8 carries for 38 yards).  Of course this is only 1 game with McCown at quarterback.

And this was his first NFL start since 2009. We'll see if he can keep up this style of play next week in Minnesota. But for now I will swallow my pride with the loss, but I look forward to next week after the performance of this Bears offense. And with both Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson on the injured list, I am hoping for a sweeping Bears victory over the Vikings.

And I hope that ends up being the case because the Bears would finish 8-8 and will still have a winning season. I hope that all of you had a Merry Christmas, I wish my Jewish readers a Happy Hanukkah, and I pray for a Happy New Year for all of you. Go Bears and don't give up hope!

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