Lovie: We see it as a one-game season

Jay Cutler suffered a neck injury Sunday, but the Bears will need him against the Packers on Sunday. AP Photo/Andy King

One day after suffering his fourth loss in his last five games, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith said Monday that his team should have a "great chance" to turn things around against the Green Bay Packers.

The Bears' 21-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings dropped them to the sixth seed in the NFC playoff race. The Packers can clinch the NFC North with a win at Soldier Field on Sunday.

"Disappointed as we are with our loss yesterday, we have a three-game season (including games at Arizona and Detroit) -- really a one-game season as we see it," Smith said on WBBM-780 (AM). "It should come down that way, where we have to beat our rival to stay in position to achieve our goal.

"You have to leave all of that (discussion about losing streaks) aside and just concentrate on having our best performance this week. (It's) a home game, we should be able to play a good football game, and us playing our best game we have a great chance."

Jay Cutler's status for the Packers isn't certain after he suffered a neck injury Sunday.

"Jay has a neck injury, and hopefully he'll be ok soon," Smith said.