Lovie Smith rarely if ever tips his hand, but he acknowledged the Bears are spending more time preparing for the New Orleans Saints than their other possible opponents, the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles.
But mostly because the Bears have played the Seahawks and Eagles this season. The Bears haven't played the Saints since beating them 27-24 in overtime on Dec. 11, 2008 at Soldier Field.
''That's what we've done,'' Smith said when asked if he's preparing for the Saints. ''At the same time, we have a history with the Saints. We know that coaching staff has been in place, so it's not like anyone has been a big surprise to us. But we'll look at everyone to spend a little bit more time on the Saints.''