Tough turnaround

The Bears will conclude their preseason schedule tonight with a game at New England. The Bears will not return to action again until September 7, when the team opens the regular season at San Francisco.

With the Bears 27-17 loss to Arizona Friday, the team traveled to other side of the county Tuesday to play Wednesday, which is their second game in five days.

Does that hurt or help the team get prepared for the upcoming schedule?

"Well, it's not the easiest but it's not the end of the world," said head coach Dick Jauron. "Would we have chosen to do it that way? No. Not necessarily, but that's the way it's worked out. The hard part, as you all do know, when you arrive home from a game 7 the next morning it really catches up to you two days later I feel."

If the team can get out of New England without any major injuries, then the team should benefit from the tight schedule. They'll have ten days between games, which should allow any minor ailments to heal. The additional time also allows the coaching staff to game plan for Terrell Owens the San Francisco 49ers.

"The good news is after this game is that we do have a longer time to prepare and get our guys ready and study our opponent before the opener," Jauron said.

How well the team used the additional time will not be clear until the season opener.

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