While Jets defensive back Antonio Cromartie was doing his best to rile Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, the Bears were giving the Seattle Seahawks their due respect as the conqueror of the defending Super Bowl champion Saints.
If they see an 8-9 team that needed a near-perfect game to beat the Bears 23-20 at Soldier Field and is a 10-point underdog for Sunday's divisional playoff game, they're not saying so.
''A lot of people think we're going to bulldoze these guys, but they're going to be a tough opponent,'' Bears defensive tackle Anthony Adams said. ''It's the NFL. The playoffs. Playing for all the marbles. Everybody's back is against the wall. We expect them to bring their 'A' game.''
''Seattle's a good team,'' said Bears center Olin Kreutz, who played collegiately at Washington. ''Obviously by beating New Orleans they showed they belong in the playoffs and they'll be ready to play.''
The Bears are vastly improved since losing to the Seahawks in the regular season. But as Jay Cutler pointed out, the Seahawks are improved, too.
''They're a better team. To get to the point where they're at, or we're at you have to get better throughout the season,'' Cutler said. ''We've got a really big challenge ahead of us.''
The Bears aren't about to take the Seahawks lightly. As a team that thrives in the underdog role, there's a little respect there.
''I was actually happy for them,'' Adams said. ''Nobody expected them to do anything. They were definitely the underdogs. A couple of my friends are on that team. I know from playing them when I was in San Francisco that Qwest Field's a tough field to play in. I was happy they got the win.''