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Playoff-bound Bears will be tough to beat in Lambeau Field

Tom Andrews, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 9-5
Bears 17, Packers 6
Comment: The Bears are officially out of hibernation this season and they are poised to make the Packers pay for it on Christmas Day. Chicago has everything to gain in this game and there's no reason to believe it won't clinch the NFC North with a victory. Besides their tough defense which put a hurting on Brett Favre in Chicago, the Bears are rejuvenated on offense with the return of Rex Grossman at quarterback. He brings balance to the Bears offense with his ability to throw the longer pass. He brings swagger and confidence that his teammates feed off right away. That smiling green man at Lambeau Field won't be a Packer mascot - it will be the Grinch.

Steve Lawrence, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 8-6
Bears 16, Packers 3
Comment: With no running game, the Packers' offense struggles to pick up first downs, much less points. The Bears' defense, meanwhile, will score a touchdown. Sounds like the Dec. 3 game, doesn't it?

Matt Tevsh, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 8-6
Bears 24, Packers 7
Comment: Not many thought the Bears would be playing at Lambeau for a division crown on Christmas Day, but the Bears have earned it. The Packers have little chance but to hope that Rex Grossman is not quite there yet.

Harry Sydney, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 7-7
Bears 21, Packers 7
Comment: I just hope the Bears don't hurt anyone on the way to their 21-7 physical beating they are going to apply to the Packers. Where is the Packers offense going to come from???!!!!!

Doug Ritchay, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 6-8
Bears 14, Packers 6
Comment: All Packers fans want for Christmas is a win against the Bears, but they won't get it. In a season of giving, the Packers receive another loss and give fans another reason to take a few extra sips of egg nog.

Todd Korth, Managing Editor
Season prediction record: 6-8
Bears 17, Packers 7
Comment: The Bears can win the NFC North Division and sweep the Packers in a season series for the first time since 1991. There is a lot on the line for the Bears. The Packers will be playing for pride and their jobs.

Jay Royle, Publisher
Season prediction record: 5-9
Packers 27, Bears 10
Comment: Perfect timing for ol' No. 4 and the rest of the team after last week's national embarrassment to take the Bears out to the wood shed. Rex will struggle back at QB, leaving the Bears with QB controversy heading into the postseason.

Jeff Royle, Publisher
Season prediction record: 5-9
Packers 21, Bears 20
Comment: Christmas Upset Special! Old Man Favre wakes up from his early winter sleep. If not, he should consider permanant hibernation.

W. Keith Roerdink, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 5-9
Bears 20, Packers 17
Comment: It's hard to say how a team reacts after last Monday night's fiasco, but this game will likely be another lump of coal for the Packers.

John Lombardi, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 4-10
Bears 21, Packers 0
Comment: The Packers quit in Baltimore and there is no reason to see why a Christmas Day game will motivate them to play any differently.

Bob Fox, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 3-11
Packers 20, Bears 10
Comment: I could say the Packers will win because they are playing the hated Bears and because of the pride factor after Monday night's debacle against the Ravens. But the real reason I'm picking the Pack to win is because this game is being played on Christmas. And everyone knows that Green Bay is closer to the North Pole than Chicago. Santa will smile on the Packers and give them one thing to feel warm about in 2005.

Laura Veras Marran, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 3-11
Packers 13, Ravens 10
Comment: I Believe.

Mark A. Wallenfang, Photographer
Season prediction record: 3-11
Packers 24, Bears 23
Comment: Gosh, how do you predict a game like this? Christmas Day. Lambeau Field. The Bears can take the division on hallowed ground. But being the optimist that I am, I take the Pack to win this one by 1 or 2 points. As for the Packer's defense in this game, well, let's just say I wouldn't want to be Rex Grossman this week. And Brett will get his 20th TD pass for the season.

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