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Bears likely to be left out in the cold

Four wins in a six-game span had Chicago back in the playoff hunt, but Sunday's loss to the Broncos hurt the Bears' chances considerably. Their odds have sunk well into single digits. Playoff projections (Insider)

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Packers don't lose to Cutler

Chicago QB Jay Cutler has a lifetime win percentage of .083 against Green Bay, the worst regular season win percentage against a single opponent of all time.

Future's bright on North Side of Chicago

The Cubs arrived in the postseason a year ahead of schedule and now should have at least a five-year run as legitimate World Series contenders, writes Jim Bowden. MLB status check (Insider)

Packers-Bears, la rivalidad más antigua en la NFL

Sebastián Martínez Christensen nos brinda la previa al partido entre Green Bay Packers y los Chicago Bears, a jugarse el día de Acción de Gracias en los Estados Unidos y que da lugar a un capítulo más de la rivalidad más añeja de la NFL. Mirar

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Forte is expected to play Thursday. Said the main reason he missed the Broncos game was because of the short turnaround from Sunday to Thursday.

Tweaks needed in Chicago

The White Sox are currently trending downward, but that could change if the team retools its position player group, Jim Bowden writes. MLB status check (Insider)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears veteran defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on if Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback he's prepared for: "I don't know if he's the best, but there's nobody better."

What White Sox fans should be thankful for (1:13)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears running back Matt Forte (knee), wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (groin) and tight end Martellus Bennett (ribs) were limited on Tuesday. Safety Antrel Rolle (knee) did not practice, and is likely to miss another game. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Chris Prosinski is expected to start in place of Rolle.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern's Clayton Thorson has a season QBR of 47.3, which ranks 96th among qualified quarterbacks. The redshirt freshman is also 9-2 as a starter. Wildcats finding different ways to win this year.

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What's to make of the Bears' backfield?

Jeremy Langford filled in admirably for Matt Forte over the past month, but the veteran is due back for Chicago's Thanksgiving duel with Green Bay. Should Forte be fired up as a RB1 against the Packers? Fantasy 32 (Insider)

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Bears slip three spots in rankings

Yes, they nearly took the Broncos to overtime. But the Bears were still docked by our panel for the loss, dropping them back into the bottom half of our list. Power Rankings

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Kelly said that RB C.J. Prosise remains in a walking boot and is day-to-day, and that KeiVarae Russell had successful surgery. He also said that OC Mike Sanford is not affected by the "noise" linking his name to head-coach openings.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern was quite OK with Illinois moving its next three home games vs. the Wildcats, including Saturday's, to Soldier Field in Chicago. Head coach Pat Fitzgerald notes that his team won't have to leave town on Thanksgiving weekend for the next six years and that they won't have to change their Friday routine before the game.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald opened the Big Ten teleconference today by offering condolences to the family of ex-Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, whose grandson Chad passed away Monday after battling brain cancer.

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