Bears Continue to Look for Respect

Rodney Dangerfield's got nothing on the Bears. Just ask around. "We're not getting the respect we probably deserve, but we feel really confident of ourselves," Bears free safety Mike Brown said. "We love playing on Sundays and it's showing."

The Bears (8-2), off to their best start since the 1991 season, continued their statement march Sunday night with a 13-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Chicago's impressive defense kept the potent Vikings offense out of the end zone -- the first time in 98 regular-season games -- and the Bears pulled out their first sweep of the Vikings since the 1995 season. Minnesota won both meetings against Chicago last season.

"The defense deserves a lot of credit, and I mean a great deal of credit," Bears coach Dick Jauron said Monday at Halas Hall. "I thought the secondary played very well.

"We knew we could certainly stay in that game and win it if we didn't give up the big play, and they have big-play capability, as we all know. That was the case in the game -- there weren't any big plays against us. I think the longest run was 13 yards in the course of the game. That's always hurt us against them."

Randy Moss and Cris Carter had nine catches between them for 70 yards. Daunte Culpepper completed 26 of 46 passes for 209 yards, but didn't throw a touchdown pass for the first time all season.

The Bears will get back to business on Wednesday after a scheduled off day in preparation for the 0-10 Detroit Lions at Soldier Field.

Despite being the only winless team in the NFL, Detroit has been in every game this season, and the Bears have to avoid looking ahead to next week's showdown against at Green Bay.

"Records don't make any difference in the National Football League," Jauron said. "Records don't make any difference in this division and in this rivalry.

"You can throw them out of the window again, because this is a big one."

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