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Bears' stunning letdown calls for a redefining of expectations

Updated: October 26, 2009, 12:40 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

One of the Bears' concerns going into Sunday's game at Cincinnati was that a loss would drop them to a .500 record, into the middle of the NFC pack and a difficult spot from which to dig out.

And technically, that's what happened.

But the Bears' apocalyptic 45-10 defeat to the Bengals is the kind of game that defines seasons, breaks teams, gets players demoted and coaches fired.

It's the kind of game that makes fans want at least two of the above.

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