I was obviously having some fun with the title to this entry. But, the Minnesota Vikings are officially trailing in the NFC North, since they lost 14-9 in the season opener last night to the New Orleans Saints.
Bears coach Lovie Smith was asked about the Vikings.
"They have a loss, and we don't have one," Smith said. "I can't say I ever pull for any of our division opponents; its easy to say that.
"[But] they don't affect us. We have a 0-0 record right now, and we can get a win. We get that win, we're in great shape, and we'll have as good a record as anyone, and we're not looking behind."
The Bears open with the Detroit Lions, and the Green Bay Packers will play the Eagles in Philadelphia.
The Bears are grateful for one thing heading into the season opener: they're very healthy.
Lance Briggs was the only starter listed on the injury report, and the Pro Bowl linebacker will be listed as probable for Sunday's game.
The only player who is questionable is reserve safety Craig Steltz, who is recovering from a high ankle sprain.
"That's all you can really ask for, to have everybody," Smith said. "You have this plan, on who you want at every position. For us, we're going to have all of those guys on the football field. That's big for us.
"That's the best position we can be in right now. Our best group, playing for the Bears."
Other highlights from Smith today:
* On talking to Jay Cutler about his turnovers: "You're constantly talking about those things, but guys know. Not just Jay. We took a hit; we were 7-9 last year, and haven't been to the playoffs in three years.
"We realize all that. But, that's what's exciting about a new year. It's a clean slate."
* On if he wants to shut up the critics: "We want to get off to a good start for the Chicago Bears, for us to have the season that we're capable of having. We're a good football team. But talk is easy. Anyone can talk about how good you are, how bad you are. Opinions about what you are. Now, all that talking doesn't mean a lot. We're going to show up at 12 o'clock, ready to go."