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The Bears are unlikely to make the playoffs, but the Packers are certain to miss them. It's been a rough season in Green Bay, and I don't know if this makes it better or worse.

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The other day I said the Bears would lose to the Saints on Thursday night. I was wrong, so it's time to eat some crow.

But...

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Rod Blagojevich is back at work, and so am I.

So why will the Bears lose tonight? Plain and simple the Saints provide matchup problems.

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It's going to be winter in Chicago on Sunday when the Bears host the Jaguars. That may give the Bears an edge, but I don't know. It looks to me like the Jags have pretty much quit, so an assist from the weather might not be necessary.

Speaking of someone who should have quit....

Not only is this guy watching a Bears game in the snow, but he's wearing a Cade McNown jersey.

That towel -- or whatever it is he's swinging around -- was probably frozen solid after catching all of his tears.

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In the Courier's weekly You Pick 'Em comments I compared the 2008 Bears to their 1995 predecessors, and I'd like to elaborate on that a little more.

It turns out by comparing this year's edition to the 1995 group, I was being too generous to the current crop of Bears.

Bartlett's Tom Meaney was named the Chicago Bears High School "Coach of the Week" for Week 8.

Another QB blows out

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By Chris Pummer
Staff Writer

The great NFL quarterback class of 1999 lost another member with Daunte Culpepper deciding to hang it up.

Of course everyone uses the word "great" with sarcasm because of the five QBs picked in the first round, only Culpepper and Donovan McNabb had nice careers. So it was a fine collection of busts, including the bozo the Bears took with the 12th overall pick.

Now only McNabb is still playing.

Here's how these guys stacked up in their careers:

QB
Overall pick
Games played
TDs
INTs
Tim Couch
1st (Browns)
62
64
67
Donovan McNabb
2nd (Eagles)
118
171
79
Akili Smith
3rd (Bengals)
22
5
13
Daunte Culpepper
11th (Vikings)
92
142
94
Cade McNown
12th (Bears)
25
16
19


And if you want to add it to the stat line, McNown also stole Couch's girlfriend. Just one of the little things that don't show up in the box score.

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