(WSCR) What once looked so promising – a 7-1 record with a high-flying defense – has now turned bleak.

After a strong start to their 2012 campaign, the Bears now sit at 8-5 and could be on the outside looking in for the playoffs if things don’t change quickly.

“(The season is) quickly disintegrating at this point, with them having lost four out of their last five games,” the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs told The Mully and Hanley Show.

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“The way they’re playing right now,” Biggs continued, “they’re not going to beat the Packers and they’re not going to beat a team that would be in contention for the NFC playoffs. Could they go out to Arizona and beat the hapless Cardinals? Yes, I’m pretty confident that they could pull that off. But the issue here is they should’ve won the game (in Minnesota) yesterday. They should’ve won the game last week. They couldn’t finish the game a week ago, and this week, they didn’t show up. Adrian Peterson had a 51-yard run on the first play of the game. He had 104 of his 154 yards rushing in the first quarter.”

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