Q Why does the media continue to portray the Bears-Packers games as this huge rivalry? Doesn't there have to be a competitive balance to be considered a rivalry?
A Bears fans made the same claim in the 1980s, when Green Bay was struggling. The Packers have won five consecutive games in this series and have swept the Bears for the second consecutive season. Green Bay has won 16 of the last 18 contests dating to 1994.
But the Bears hold a 84-75-6 advantage in the all-time series, which includes only one playoff gamea 33-14 Bears win at Wrigley Field in 1941.
"This is the greatest rivalry in our sport," Bears coach Dick Jauron said. "It has so many great stories and so many great names attached to it."
A Miller has played surprisingly well the last two weeks in spite of the tendinitis in his elbow and shoulder. He completed 25-of-36 passes for 191 yards and one touchdown Sunday against the Packers despite throwing only a few passes in practice Friday.
But, yes, it is evident the Bears have little to play for the rest of this season, and Miller and the team might be better served by sitting him the rest of the year.
"I'm going to go as long as I can," Miller said.
Q How important were the turnovers in determining the outcome?
A They were a huge factor. The Bears turned the ball over five times on four lost fumbles and one interception. Green Bay lost the ball three times on two fumbles and one interception.
The Packers are plus-14 in that category this season; the Bears are minus-1.
The Packers failed to win the turnover battle in each of their three losses this season, while winning that category in their nine wins.
Q What did the Bears do differently on defense to contain Brett Favre?
A Defensive coordinator Greg Blache said his unit used a few more line stunts than usual and moved defensive tackle Keith Traylor around to different spots on the line.
"Nothing fancy," Blache said.
Q We always hear about how many sacks and how many tackles Bears defensive players make. Who keeps track of the missed tackles?
A Bears coaches do. They just don't release those stats to the media.
"Missed tackles, missed plays, you look at all of that when you grade players," Blache said. "We look at each guy with a fine-tooth comb each week. Everything he does is charted and looked at. If you don't tackle, I don't care what you do, you're in trouble."
Q Why do so many ordinary running backs look like Hall of Famers against the Bears? A The Bears seemed to concentrate on preventing Favre from making big plays, and instead Tony Fisher hurt them. As Blache said, "It's like if you get hit by a bus or you get hit by a train ... you're still dead."