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CHAMPAIGN, IL — One of the most storied rivalries of the NFL took center stage on Monday Night Football, but unfortunately the Bears began their bye week a week early.

"It's a really disappointing Monday night loss," said head coach Dick Jauron. "We let too many plays get away from us. You just can't do that against a team as good as the Packers and expect to win. Tonight, the big plays really hurt us and so did our inability to capitalize when we had the opportunity."

The 13-point deficit didn't represent the dominance the Packers displayed over the Bears. Brett Favre threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns on his way to becoming the third fastest quarterback to 40,000 yards.

Coming into the game the Bears were tied for fifth in the NFL in take-away, give-away ratio at +4, but were –3 due in part to three interceptions by Jim Miller.

The Bears returned to MNF for the first time since the 1997 season when Chicago dropped a 38-24 decision to the Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

In seven MNF meetings between the Packers and Bears, Green Bay has won four games to Chicago's three. The Bears winning the first three in the series in 1974, `85, and `86 while the Packers have won the last four in 1994, `95, `97 and `02.

The Bears are 16-29 on MNF. Going 10-10 at home and 6-19 on the road.

The Packers have won four straight contests against the Bears.

Welcome Back: With the return of Phillip Daniels from a left ankle sprain, which kept him out since Week One, Keith McKenzie went from starting the last three games to being a game day inactive for the match-up with the Packers.

R.W. McQuarters also returned to the lineup for the first time since the season opener.

"It's great to have them back," said Jauron. "They are both great football players and the more good football players we have on the field, the better off we are in the long run."

Injury Update: The flip side of two starters returning on defense was the fact that Rex Tucker could be done for the year with a dislocated left ankle.

"Losing Rex is not good at all," Jauron said. "You never like to see anyone get hurt. He has really worked himself into the starting lineup and become an outstanding guard in the National Football League. It's very unfortunate."

Newly acquired Vinny Sutherland and Fred Baxter were also on the inactive list.

Point Problem: For the second consecutive game the Bears allowed over 30 points. Chicago gave up 33 to Buffalo in an overtime loss and then allowed 34 to the Packers. Meaning the unit is surrendering 26.4 points per game.

"They had answers for everything we tried to do," said defensive coordinator Greg Blache. "I thought the second half we played much better. I give them credit, but we gave up all the big plays. I guess we just have to go back to calling the ABC's, because we were blowing Cover 2 and Cover 3 schemes. You can't get much simpler than that. But at the same time, I'm not going to give up on these guys."

Back on top: With 141 yards receiving against the Packers, wide receiver Marty Booker regained the top spot among the league leaders in yardage. Booker has 37 catches for a league-high 566, averaging 7.4 receptions and 113.2 yards per game.

Tight catch: Tight end John Davis had three receptions for 33 yards and two touchdowns, marking the second consecutive game he has recorded at least one touchdown. He made his first TD catch as a Bear last week and first since the 2000 season when he was with the Vikings (10/9/2000 vs. Tampa Bay). He currently leads the tight ends with 12 catches for 140 yards (11.7 yards per reception), surpassing his yardage output from a season ago when he gained 68 yards on 11 catches in 16 games.

Change of the Guard: Despite the return of Ahmad Merritt it was Dez White that replaced Rabih Abdullah, who fumbled a kick to open the second half.

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