Extended forecasts for Sunday's game against the Patriots at Soldier Field call for highs in the low 20s. High winds and snow could create near-blizzard conditions, which New England coach Bill Belichick said could force him to alter his game plan as the game approaches.
He said the key is staying flexible throughout the week because the weather could change.
"You have to adjust to as you get closer to game time and are more confident what the conditions are going to be," Belichick said. "We practiced in the elements. I'm sure the Bears have to. There are a lot of experienced players on both teams who have played in less-than-ideal conditions. Both teams will have to adjust to whatever those are. Meantime, if you feel strongly that certain type of weather conditions are going to prevail then you might be able to make certain kinds of adjustments coming into the game. But that's hard, to put all your eggs in one basket like that."
Bears coach Lovie Smith said he and his coaches will prepare for anything and everything.
"You prepare for all situations that come up each week but it's not like we're going to start doing things differently than we normally do this time of year," he said.