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Bears focus on themselves during bye-week practices

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It was back to the basics during a workout inside the Walter Payton Center on Wednesday.

"We're kind of waiting around to see who we're playing but we can get some good stuff done," quarterback Jay Cutler said. "[We can] self scout, look at what we've done the last five, six weeks and try to improve on it."

Players always say they want to look at the film before they discuss in too much detail what happened in the game. In this case, however, Cutler said his postgame assessment after a 10-3 loss to the Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field was accurate.

The Packers threw some creative blitzes at the Bears while also trying disrupt Cutler's "hot" read, making it more difficult for him to get rid of the ball when under pressure.

"They did some good stuff like I thought they did," he said. "They brought some delayed pressures and threw off our timing on some of our hots routes and stuff. It was good teaching tape. We did some good things and we did some bad things."

The intensity is always greater during the postseason, but that doesn't mean Cutler is going to change his approach.

"I'm not going to change anything," Cutler said. "I don't think anybody in this building is going to change anything. We're going to go about it in the same manner we have the past 16 games and prepare the same and Mike is going to give us a game plan next Wednesday and we're going to go with it."

The Bears could play the Eagles, Saints or Seahawks in a divisional playoff game at Soldier Field on Jan. 16. The Bears defeated the Eagles and lost to the Seahawks this season and have yet to play the Saints.

"I don't know if it benefits us or not," Cutler said when asked if he would prefer to play a team the Bears have already played this season. "Teams change so much from game to game. I think we're a completely different team from Week 1 to Week 16 so if we do play somebody we've played before, you can guarantee they're going to have something special drawn up for us."

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