Monday Roundup

Playing a team twice in three weeks can be looked at one of time ways, a chance to continue success if you won the previous meeting and or a chance at revenge.

"They know us a little better, we know them a little better," Coach Dick Jauron said. "I don't think it affects us one way or the other. It's a game that's like every single game; we've got to focus totally on them, what they do, how they do it and try to come up with the best game plan we can to give our guys a chance to win and then get ready to go play."

For the Bears it's an opportunity to their first victory outside the state of Illinois in 12 games. The Lions are coming off a 23-13 victory over the Raiders, but some

Playoffs?
The Bears have failed to beat a team with a winning record and are still two victories from the breakeven point, but it hasn't stopped players from talking about making a run at the postseason.

While Coach Dick Jauron isn't a proponent of looking ahead, wins and losses will ultimately decide his future.

"We don't talk about anything but the next opponent. With that being said, we always know what the goal in our business is. Our goal is to fight a way to a playoff spot somehow, some way. I'm certain that's true in every other team in the National Football League."

The Bears still have seven teams ahead of them for the NFC wildcard and two other teams tied at 3-5.

Injury update
The Bears came out of their 20-7 victory over San Diego relatively healthy. Todd McMillon is the only player that couldn't finish the game with a hand injury. He's being re-evaluated and hasn't been ruled out of this weekend's match-up with Detroit.

While Anthony Thomas and Desmond Clark returned to the starting lineup, the Bears are still missing Marty Booker. The receiver has been inactive for three straight games but returned to light work last week.

"I'm optimistic that Marty has a real good chance of playing," Jauron said. "My understanding is that our trainers and doctors say he will practice on Wednesday and then we'll get a much better feeling."

At this point it looks like it's a matter of when Marc Colombo will be placed on Injured Reserve. The Bears need to make a decision this week whether or not to activate the right tackle from the Physically Unable to Perform list or place him on IR. Considering he hasn't practiced with the team since dislocating left kneecap nearly a year ago it looks like Colombo will take the rest of the year to rehabilitate.


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