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Lots of pressure in Bears-Eagles game

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  • With a playoff berth at stake, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will try to beat Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.

    With a playoff berth at stake, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will try to beat Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.
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It's the second week of the Jay Cutler big-money contract drive. That means the Chicago Bears are hoping their mistake-prone quarterback can go to Philadelphia and light up the Eagles.

The Bears enter this game as 3-point underdogs, and it seems as if the fans still don't trust Cutler.

The plan of action against the Cleveland Browns last week was supposed to be Jay from beginning to end, and fortunately it worked. But let's say Jay Cutler has an average to below-average first half against the Eagles and they are down 20 at the half. If he's your franchise quarterback I guess you keep him in, but don't forget "Big Game Josh" McCown is on the bench, and maybe a decision will have to be made by head coach Marc Trestman.

But let's hope it doesn't come to that.

For now, it's another pressure-packed game for the Bears and Eagles, two teams that have their against the wall.

New gig with Fox

I'm happy to say I will be joining Andy Furman Monday through Friday on Fox Sports Radio nationally from 5 a.m.-8 a.m. CST. You can access the show on or iHeart radio or

I'm proud to carry the Chicago mantle nationally, and hoping the show will be picked up along the way on a local radio outlet. Thanks to Fox's Bruce Gilbert (senior vice president of sports operations) and Chicago radio legend Jeff Schwartz (vice president of sports sales) for their belief in me. Check it out.

LeBron still no MJ:

I watched the Miami Heat and LeBron James against the Indianapolis Pacers on Wednesday night. As we were watching at home, Be-Be, my wife, said to me "what's with the empty seats?"

I said, "It's Miami, -- rollerblading, swimming, sunshine and just having fun."

But then I started thinking, when MJ played there I would imagine the seats were all filled. When didn't he play to a full house?

And when he played, you never knew what was going to happen next so you didn't even want to go the concession stands or the restroom in case you missed something big.

Heck, people didn't even want to miss the intros at the United Center.

LeBron is a superstar, but the charisma doesn't match Michael Jordan's -- at least not yet.

Arnold Palmer is still one of the top endorsing sports figures, and he hasn't won a pertinent tournament in over 35 years. It's the same with MJ -- he will be like Palmer and keep doing underwear commercials and other things until he's old and gray.

Will LeBron? Only time will tell.

Program Notes

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• I will be hosting alone next week because my partner, Andy Furman, is on vacation. Listen from 5-8 a.m. Monday- Friday on Fox Sports radio and from 9 p.m. to midnight Sunday. Check me out on iHeart radio or

• Listen to The Mike North Pregame Show from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on WIND 560-AM The Answer.

Merry Christmas to all!

• Mike North's column appears each Tuesday and Friday in the Daily Herald, and his video commentary can be found Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at For more, visit

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