Most of the comment board was devoted to singing the praises of the Bears and trying to ridicule the nonsensical ravings of a couple of rabid Packers fans. I know I'm supposed to be objective and all, but the Bears have a four-game lead on the Packers with nine to play. That's a magic number of five, meaning if the Bears go 4-5 down the stretch (anyone want to put money on that?), the Packers have to go 9-0 to win the division. Apologies to , but that ain't happening.
Anyway, Chicago Bob checked in post-game on the board to say the following: "Hate to look past the filleted fish next week but the Giants will be a reality check "
The power ranking folks around the country certainly seem to think the same thing. So given that Miami stinks and everyone nationally is focused on the Giants, that magical phrase "trap game" comes up yet again. But given what the Bears have done to weaker opponents at Soldier Field, again, that ain't happening. So my question to the players was this:
"You won't look past the Dolphins because Lovie won't let you and you won't let yourselves. But have you ever been on a team---high school, college or pros---where you felt like the team looked past an opponent and got burned?"
Cornerback Charles Tillman: Probably when I was in high school, my senior year. We were, I think, 5-0, 6-0, and we played Tommie's school, Ellison, and we were just like, "Oh, we got a great start, we're gonna be state champs," and we ended up losing. We lost 42-17. It was bad. It was a bad feeling. I didn't learn from it. We played school, Midland Lee. We ended going to the playoffs, and we played Ced's school and it was like, "Aw, we can beat them, no problem." We took them real lightly and lost the game 42-17. That was my last high school game, so that was me learning from it right there. We lost the game, but I didn't lose the lesson.
Wide receiver Bernard Berrian: No, I don't think so. If it did, it's too far back to remember.
Defensive tackle Tank Johnson: I think in the Pac-10 when you played the Washington States of the world and the Oregon States of the world, you learn real quick. I never lost to Washington State, but I did lose to Oregon State, so I learned real quick that you can't do that. [It feels] pretty bad. I don't want [that feeling] again, I'll tell you that.
Fullback Jason McKie: I'd say in high school, we played a team we looked past and it turned out to be a close game, similar to our Arizona game. We won by one point, just like with Arizona was only one point. After [the Arizona game], the whole offense felt like we had to put it on our shoulders to come out and execute against San Francisco.
Tight end John Gilmore: No. We were pretty good in high school.
Defensive end Adewale Ogunleye: That's a tough question. Hindsight? I don't know. I think anybody, if you look past any opponent, you will get burned. I think the Arizona game was good for us, it kind of brought us back down to earth where we realized we cannot underestimate anybody. I don't think this team is gonna do it, coach won't allow it, like you said, and the leaders on this team won't allow it.
Defensive end Alex Brown: I don't think so. I could be wrong, but that's a long time ago. High school and college were a long time ago. [With the Bears] we've never been in a position to look past anybody.
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