Through recent experience the Bears know how the hype of an undefeated season can creep into discussion. They started 7-0 two seasons ago, not even getting to the halfway point before it became a national point of discussion with Joe Theismann predicting the Bears could run the table.
Tennessee enters today's game perfect through the first half of the season at 8-0. Of the eight teams the Titans have defeated, only one has a winning record right now.
If talk of perfection is going on in Nashville, Tenn., it's not happening in the club's locker room. Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch told FoxSports.com's Alex Marvez that the Titans expect to lose. Maybe even a couple games. That doesn't mean Tennessee, a three-point favorite today, is predicting doom today. But the Titans know the reality of the NFL. They also know 16-0 did the New England Patriots little good when they got to the postseason last year.
The Titans have done a good job of weathering injuries thus far, but have a couple key defensive players that are up in the air for today. Vanden Bosch, who has been trying to play on a pulled groin for three weeks now, will be a game-time decision. Same goes for weak-side linebacker Keith Bulluck, the leading tackler, who is battling torn rib cartilage, the same injury that knocked Bears return man Devin Hester out of a game earlier this season.
The grounds crew is three-fourths of the way through pulling the tarp. We should have inactives in the next 45 minutes or so.