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Briggs said Bears have Burleson's guarantee "pinned up everywhere"

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Bears linebacker Lance Briggs, who recalled once being "tricked" into guaranteeing a win, is taking advantage of what Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson said Wednesday.

"It should fire them up," Briggs said. "I know it definitely fires us up. We've got it pinned up everywhere in our meeting rooms."

Briggs then recalled the 2004 season, when he said reported "tricked" him into guaranteeing a win. The Bears were hosting the Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field and, despite a rough start, they'd won three in a row.

"We got beat like 45-12 or something like that," Briggs said. "Peyton Manning. I'm not going to guarantee more wins."

The Bears actually lost 41-10, and they only won one of their final seven games in a 5-11 year.

Burleson said on a radio show earlier in the week that the Lions would win, before news that quarterback Shaun Hill would be out, but he stood by his words Wednesday.

"Yeah, I said we will win on Sunday," Burleson said. "We only got five games left, and my goal is to finish the season 7-9. Like I've been saying all year, we don't have a team on the schedule that we can't beat."

A reporter noted to Briggs that the Bears had won 18 straight against the Lions and wondered if it would be safe to guarantee a win.

"Everybody is calling this a trap game," Briggs said. "That's a trap question right there."

But Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said that's always dangerous.

"I think we're going to win," he said, "but I'm not going to guarantee it."

But Urlacher acknowledged that confidence is important.

"Yeah, I know what he's saying," Urlacher said of Burleson's comment. "You fully expect to win every game. If you don't believe that, why are you playing or why are you getting ready to play?

"I'm not sure you go out and say that, but I think we all believe that."

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