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The Bears Den: December 23, 2011

"...where all we want for Christmas is a Bears victory. Or G.I. Joes. The vintage ones. That would be totally ok, too."

Bears fan received liver from Pack fan Mayer: Avid Bears fan Peter Cashman looks at his favorite teams fierce rivalry with Green Bay in a much different light ever since a Packers fan saved his life.

Bell in, Barber out vs. Packers McClure:Bears' third-string running back will join quarterback Josh McCown in lineup.

I now pronounce you Tom and Larry: Thayer and Mayer preview the Bears vs. Packers.

Follow WCG on Twitter: It's so easy, an unfrozen caveman linebacker could do it.

Age could be catching up soon on key Bears defenders Biggs: When they line up for the next meaningful game in 2012, middle linebacker Brian Urlacher will be 34, defensive end Julius Peppers 32 and weak-side linebacker Lance Briggs and cornerback Charles Tillman 31.

Bears-Packers: Motivation must come from within Bowen: Bears have to battle temptation to just throw in the towel against Packers.

Score’ing at home: The Martz system Moon: Josh McCown starting over rookie Nathan Enderle says a lot about Mike Martz's system and how complex it is to pick up. Latest Bears Video: Briggs, Uracher on Packers, more... McCown thought he'd never play in NFL again New Bears starting QB Josh McCown was out of football in 2010 and hadn't completed an NFL pass since 2009 before signing with the club. He admitted he never felt he'd be back in this position.

Steltz has stepped up at strong safety LeGere: Rookie safety Chris Conte is out for the season with a sprained foot and ankle, but safety Major Wright returns this week after missing two games with a shoulder injury.

Bears' D brushes off O's third-down woes Wright: The Bears' defense isn't using its counterpart's futility as an excuse.

The Bear Facts Week 16 What can the Bears do to stop the Packers this week? NFC North Pro Bowl questions

Door open for McCaskey to make major Bears changes Rozner: If there were ever a time to blow up the Bears and start over, this is it. This is the opportunity, before Jay Cutler turns old and gray and they've wasted his talents.

Silverman: Bears, Hawks Going In Opposite Directions Silverman: The Bears have a myriad of problems that will impact the future and they must be addressed quickly. The team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago but then barely made the playoffs last year appears to be on track for a long playoff run this spring.

The failure of Caleb Hanie Pompei: There remains the troubling issue of why the Hanie we saw over the last month was not the Hanie we had seen before.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from The Bears Den! Now Scott Weiland would like to creep you out: