Matt Forte' #22 of the Chicago Bears runs past a diving Patrick Peterson #21 of the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.
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PHOENIX - The Chicago Bears started off 7-1. Since then, the team has lost five of their last six games have put their post-season in jeopardy.
The Bears have fallen behind the Seahawks and the Vikings for the NFC wildcard spot.
"My worst nightmare: This is where we're at, in my very, very, very worst nightmare," said Bears linebacker Lance Briggs. Then he emphasized, "Like literally, this is my worst nightmare. But we still have a chance to get into the playoffs, you know. So it can't get any worse than this, I hope. Because I haven't had any kind of those dreams you know. So let's just focus on beating Arizona and go from there."
Arizona wants to put their losing streak behind them and extend their winning ways after getting their first win since week four when they beat the Lions on Sunday. That win broke the team's nine-game losing streak.
The Cardinals were able to convert all four of the Lions turnovers into touchdowns. In fact, the Cardinals defense leads the league with 22 interceptions.
The Cardinals and the Bears met in 2009 when Cutler threw for three touchdowns and one interception. The Bears won that game, 41-21.
Now, Cutler is coming off of a neck injury behind an offensive line that has had trouble keeping Cutler in the pocket. You can expect the Cardinals to attack from a lot of different directions in an effort to get to Cutler.
On offense, the Bears have the advantage in rushing yards, passing yards and total yards. However, on defense, the Cardinals have allowed fewer pass yards this season.
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