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Bears look to reverse troubling trend

Posted by Larry Mayer on December 12, 2012 – 5:40 pm

The Bears went 7-3 against the Packers in Lovie Smith’s first five seasons as coach from 2004-08, but have since lost seven of eight meetings including five straight to their arch rivals.

The Bears haven’t even had a lead in their last four games against the Packers, falling behind 14-0, 14-0, 7-0 and 13-0 en route to losses by scores of 21-14, 27-17, 35-21 and 23-10.

It’s a trend the Bears hope to reverse in Sunday’s NFC North showdown at Soldier Field.

“We’ve been on the wrong end of it a number of the last times and we need to find a way to get on the plus side and come out of this game with a victory,” said offensive coordinator Mike Tice.

Since joining the Bears, Jay Cutler is 1-6 versus the Packers, completing 54.4 percent of his passes for 1,647 yards with eight touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a 58.9 passer rating.

Asked what the offense must do better against Green Bay, Cutler said: “A lot of things. It’s not one area. I’ve got to play better, first and foremost, and get the rest of the guys up to speed with me. You’ve got to run the ball better. You’ve got to pass the ball better. You’ve got to block better. There’s no one area that we can’t improve in.”

In their Week 2 loss in Green Bay, the Bears mustered just one touchdown and 168 total yards while Cutler threw four interceptions and was sacked seven times.

“They are fast and they are very athletic,” Tice said. “They play with great intensity. They try to play on the other side of the line of scrimmage, whether that be pass rush or the outside linebackers penetrating.”

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