We're not hearing the this-is-just-another-game routine at Halas Hall this week. Sunday's game against the 10-2 Patriots is a big one. You won't hear any Bears denying it.
"Another big game for us, linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "We said the same thing about Philly. It was the biggest game we've had in a long time, and this one is the same way. Not a conference opponent, but still, [they have] the best record in the NFL coming in here."
Lance Briggs said nothing needs to be said between defensive players in terms of what they must do Sunday at Soldier Field.
"Defensively, we don't necessarily need to talk to each other about how we need to play because it's understood," he said. "The season is too important to have to go to a guy and say, 'Hey, we need to pick it up.' A lot of these guys I've been playing with for a long time and the younger guys understand what this means to us as a team, organization and as a city.
"We don't need to say anything; it's all understood."