Bears Pro Bowl linebackers Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher aren't overlooking the 0-7 Buffalo Bills.
"Just watch 'em on film," Briggs said. "They've been playing a lot better the last couple of games..."
The Bills pushed the Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs, both 5-2, to overtime. Now, the Bears head to Toronto to face the Bills.
"They're playing better," Urlacher said of the Bills. "It's a big challenge for us, on the road."
One of the reasons the Bills are playing better is because of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the league's ninth-rated passer (91.1). Fitzpatrick has 12 touchdowns against just five interceptions.
"He's doing well," Briggs said. "He's a vet, he's been in the league a while... He's done a good job of managing, helping keeping them in games.
"Stuff they're doing now, they're playing a lot harder, and even though their record doesn't reflect it, they're a good team."
The Bears defense has played at a high level so far this season, but Briggs said he isn't satisfied.
"We've done a lot of good things, a lot of things that we wanted to do. But, can't be satisfied if you play great defense and don't win the game, or you play good defense and don't win the game, or you play good defense for three and a half quarters and, at the end of the game, you give up some big runs."
The last reference, of course, was to the loss to the New York Giants. But Briggs said the defense has to do its part in finishing games, and he hopes the team's two consecutive losses serves as a wake-up call moving into a difficult stretch of games.
"It should light a fire for everybody in that locker room," Briggs said. "I think everybody knows that we're a better team than the two losses that we experienced. And going into this next part of the season, we have a lot of tough opponents."