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When the Bears introduced Lovie Smith in 2004 as their next head coach, he said his first goal was to beat the Green Bay Packers. Recently, Smith's teams have struggled to do that. Heading into today's game against Green Bay, the Bears have lost four straight games to the Packers and are trying to avoid a fifth straight loss that would jeopardize their chances of advancing to the postseason.
Smith's overall record against the Packers is 8-9. Some in the Bears organization are uneasy over Smith's job security and recognize that another Chicago loss to the Packers could ultimately wind up costing Smith his job, according to one source. It's difficult to say any one game determines whether someone keeps or loses his job. But the significance of today's game against the Packers is not lost on many in and out of the Bears organization.