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Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - December 12

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The Charlie Brown Christmas theme song was Brandon Marshall's entrance music for his press conference today. The Bears record holder for receptions in a season brought the tree with him to the podium and said it reflected the state of the Bears season - " Bare and Ugly...but there's still hope."

That's how this team is presenting their current position- 8-5, three games to play, 2nd in the NFC Wild Card. Oh, and it's Packers week and the Bears have no choice but to win if they hope to be in the play offs and keep their "hope" alive.

"I don't like Green Bay," Marshall said, " I'm not going to say hate, but I dislike Green Bay and their players." That didn't take long.

Marshall has one Bears Packers game under his belt, but it was significant. After being held to just 2 catches for 24 yards- second lowest production game of the season- Green Bay's Tramon Williams boasted about shutting down the leagues reception leader. To which Marshall said today, "I've never been shut down in my life." It was clear this one is personal. " I take it as a slap in my face when a player says they shut me down with 2-3 guys. I welcome one on one coverage, I want them to go to their coach and say 'put me on Brandon Marshall, I want him,' then lets see what happens." Marshall added, "I've never felt this strongly about anything in sports versus any team, I'm going to play this game like it's my last."

He won't have any one on one match ups with Charles Woodson.

Green Bay's outspoken Safety will miss his 7th straight game with a shoulder injury, but Clay Matthews is expected to play. Without Woodson, this is a different defensive group -a bit younger. But the common denominator is Green Bay's defensive co-coordinator Dom Capers. Both Marshall and Jay Cutler point to him as the Packers MVP on defense. He's done something to get after Cutler who's thrown 15 picks to 8 touchdowns, resulting in a 1 and 6 record. "We can't leave any stone unturned {In preparation for Sunday}. It's a game we need."

If the Packers win, they clinch the division and likely take any Bears play off hopes with them. There's a sense of urgency- obviously.

But they can't get too tight- losing aside, they simply aren't having fun playing this game right now. And Mike Tice says when they play tight it adds pressure- as if the Bears aren't under enough right now...with everyone playing for their jobs in the future.

INJURIES: The Bears did not practice today, because of mounting injuries. If they had- 11 players would have just watched- Cutler among them. So a mental day for the Bears- just a walk through- as they prep for a huge game.

Here's the list: Earl Bennett, Lance Briggs, Michael Bush, Jay Cutler, Kellen Davis, Geno Hayes, Tim Jennings, Henry Melton, Jonathon Scott, Charles Tillman, Brian Urlacher, Hopefully one extra day of rest will help them for Sunday. Though Urlacher is definitely out. And we all knew about Cutler's stiff neck, but the injury report also lists a knee issue- Clearly he's beat up. Hopefully he'll be able to practice on Thursday.

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