Disturbing Trend

After a victory over the Lions that snapped an eight-game losing streak there was talk of running off six straight wins to end the season at 8-8. However, that hope was short lived as the Packers handed the Bears their ninth loss and clinched a losing season for the sixth time in seven years.

Head coach Dick Jauron admitted something that was obvious long before the Packers officially clinched the inaugural NFC North Division title.

"You know I've never been around a team 7-9 that made the playoffs," Jauron said. "You gotta be lucky at 8-8. That pretty much ended any of our hopes there, and then to lose, obviously to lose to them (Green Bay) it was a tough day for us. And also to give up the divisional title that we worked so hard to get a year ago."

Coming off a 13-3 season the Bears looked to be a cinch to have consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1994-95 when the team went 9-7 both years.

INJURY FRONT:
Anthony Thomas' broken index finger will likely end his season. The back hasn't been placed on Injured Reserve as of yet, but with just four games remaining and no shot at the postseason the chances of Thomas coming back are slim

Meaning Leon Johnson will become the featured back, while sixth-round draft choice Adrian Peterson will have an opportunity to get on the field.

"We should get a chance to see him (Peterson) carry the ball, yes, so that will be good for him," Jauron said. "That's the way it goes. We wanted to see Adrian, but not under these circumstances. It will be good for everybody and he will get a chance."

Keith Traylor's calf injury isn't as serious as the team first believed and is listed as day-to-day.

Dustin Lyman, who had the best game of his career with seven catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns, will have an MRI on his knee and his status is unknown.


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