Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who was named NFC offensive player of the week, sees Super Bowl potential in his team.
"You've got to believe that or there's no use playing right now," Cutler said.
Just a moment earlier, Cutler talked about the impact of Sunday's victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
"I think the team's excited," he said. "I think everyone's got their feet back on the ground now but you could tell what it meant to that team in the locker room afterwards, how excited the team was. I think in the back of everyone's mind we got a little respect for beating a team like that."
Still, he pointed out that veterans like Julius Peppers, Olin Kreutz and Brian Urlacher made the same point.
"We're far from finished," Cutler said.
Here are some other highlights from Cutler's press conference today:
* On the Lions defensive line: "Really good defensive line. They've got [Ndamukong] Suh, and they've got some really good edge rushers. It's a really good defense, actually, when you look at it. Very relentless. They're going to play for four quarters. Ply hard. They're going to come get you. They're going to show you some different looks.
DBs have improved. It's going to be challenging."
* On being named NFC Player of the Week: "It's special, especially for all the guys in this offense because without them, I'm not able to do anything. So the offensive line should take a lot of pride in that."
* On the development of his offensive line: "It's a new group. We just needed time and to get some experience under their belt, of those guys playing together, those guys understanding the scheme, as well as the skill position guys. It goes back to everybody. This is kind of a scheme where if you got one guy out of 11 out of place or not doing his job, I mean the whole thing is going to fall apart."
* On if he's making better decisions: "I think everyone is doing what they're supposed to do, including myself. If one guy is out of place, this whole thing is going to crumble. So once you get 11 guys doing the same thing, we're going to be successful."
* On stretching a defense: "We've got some explosive plays. But as far as pushing the ball 40, 50 yards in the air, I don't think we've touched on what we're capable of there yet. If it happens this week, it happens this week. Those are things you can't force. He's going to dial some up in the game, and if they're there, they're there. We just haven't had an opportunity to hit them yet."
* On how balance has helped the offense: "It helps the play action. Whenever we're able to run the ball on first or second down and generate adequate yards and get it to third and reasonable, just that threat of being able to do that is going to create more opportunities outside, coverage wise. We're going to get more single safety, more match vups that are favorable for us."
* On his group of receivers and tight ends: "It's funny, everyone's kind of jumping on the bandwagon of these guys now. I've talked about it once I got here. We've got a good group of guys. It's a really good room ,with the receiver and tight ends. They're all so talented. They all bring different attributes to the table."
* On feeling vindicated by his team's success this season: "I think it's too early for that. I think it's a little premature. We've still got some football games we've got to go out and prove ourselves, get in the playoffs and make a run before we prove anybody wrong."