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2011 Week 16: Sunday Night Football - Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers Open Thread

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You know, in a lot of ways, it's a damn shame.

There are a couple of different examples of how to build a pretty good offense in the NFC North. In one city, you've got a great quarterback who had time to learn the ins and outs of a system, and was able to learn to grow with a talented mix of veteran players and young receivers, and they both make each other that much better. In another city, you're looking at a pretty good quarterback, teamed up with a monster receiver, and surrounded by role players that can help get the job done.

You've figured it out--neither of those offenses involve Josh McCown.

And that leads us into a big match-up with the Green Bay Packers here on Christmas Day. The Packers, having steamrolled their way to a 14-1 record, can clinch home-field advantage (particularly advantageous when your field is Lambeau in late January.)

The Bears, on the other hand, are looking at elimination of their particularly slim playoff chances, given that they not only need to win two games, they need the the Falcons to lose two, as well. That wouldn't be so bad if the Falcons didn't have the woeful Buccaneers next week...but let's just get through tonight first.