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Bears vs. Cardinals 2012: Game preview, kickoff time, TV schedule and more

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Chicago heads west looking to keep its playoff hopes alive.

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The Chicago Bears once looked like a no-doubt playoff team in 2012, but losses in five of their last six games have put their postseason hopes in serious jeopardy. The good news for the Bears is that the schedule breaks their way in the week's final two seasons, as long as they find a way to take care of business. That starts on Sunday with a trip to face the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals broke a nine-game losing streak last week with an upset over the Detroit Lions, potentially rejuvenating a team that looked to be in disarray. The positive spin for the Bears is that the Cardinals picked off Matt Stafford three times, returning two for touchdowns, which masked another poor showing by the Arizona offense. The offense obviously had two possessions erased by the returned touchdowns, but they also only gained 196 total yards.

The Bears should have less trouble than the Lions did, provided they can hang on to the ball and put the game into the hands of their defense. That's exactly the formula that shot them to the top of the NFC in the first place.

The game kicks off at 3:25 p.m. CT on FOX and will be broadcast on the radio locally on 780 AM or 105.9 FM.