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>>Bears Looking To Get Better With Playoffs Approaching

 

The NFC North champion Chicago Bears are rolling along with eight wins in nine games and their first playoff appearance in eight years approaching.

 

Coach Matt Nagy hopes they haven't hit their peak.

 

"I want us to get to a point where we literally don't peak until wherever our final game is of the year," he said Wednesday.

 

The Bears (11-4) head to Minnesota for Sunday's regular-season finale with a shot at the No. 2 seed in the NFC and the first-round bye.

 

They need to beat the Vikings for the second time and get some help from San Francisco when the struggling 49ers visit the NFC West champion Rams. Chicago trails Los Angeles (12-3) by a game, but holds the head-to-head tiebreaker thanks to a 15-6 victory at Soldier Field on Dec. 9.

 

Safety Eddie Jackson (ankle), linebacker Aaron Lynch (elbow) and WR Allen Robinson (ribs) did not practice on Wednesday. Defensive lineman Bilal Nichols (knee) was limited.

 

>>Davonte Adams Going For Packers Record in Season Finale

 

Packers wideout Davante Adams is optimistic that he will be able to play in Green Bay's season finale against the Detroit Lions, a game in which he would have a shot to break a couple of franchise receiving records.

 

Adams missed practice on Wednesday. The star receiver hurt his right knee in last week's 44-38 overtime win over the New York Jets.

With 111 catches, Adams is two shy of breaking the club record set by Sterling Sharpe in 1993. He's also 134 yards shy of breaking the single-season mark set by Jordy Nelson (1,519) in 2014.

 

Green Bay's lengthy injury report lists nine players who sat out practice on Wednesday, including Adams and five other starters. Cornerback Jaire Alexander (groin), left tackle David Bakhtiari (hip) and linebacker Clay Matthews (back) were among those who sat out.

 

Receiver Randall Cobb (concussion), who missed last week's game, also sat out practice. Tight end Jimmy Graham (knee/thumb) has regularly missed practices on Wednesdays during the year for maintenance.

 

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a regular on the injury report this year, said that he plans on playing in the finale even if Bakhtiari can't go. Bakhtiari, the Packers' best lineman, has often said that he plays if Rodgers plays.

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