Must Win

Chicago - It's hard to imagine a Week 2 game being a must win, but as the only team in the division that lost their season opener the Bears are in danger of quickly falling out of the playoff hunt.

Chicago had just one victory on the road a year ago and carry a seven-game losing streak against the Packers to Lambeau Field.

Lovie Smith stressed the fact that he beat Green Bay the only two times he faced them as defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams. His words have now become bulletin board material for the Packers.

"In order for us to get where we want to go, we have to knock off the top dog. They've been the top dog for a long time. In order for us to get to where we need to go, we have to be able to beat the teams that have been at the top of the standings and that's where Green Bay has been and that's what our goal still is," Smith said.

Another loss would leave the Bears 0-2 with a trip to Minnesota on deck.

"We all realize the stakes and the fact that it is a rivalry game; we haven't done well and the importance of it," Rex Grossman said. "So we're going to do everything we can to come out with a victory and it's going to be fun."

It appears Grossman will have one more player to worry about, as holdout CB Mike McKenzie returned to practice today and is expected to play on Sunday.

Another key matchup will be Qasim Mitchell trying to block Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, who has double-digit sack totals the past three seasons.

Grossman played a role in three of the team's four turnovers and considers the last minute loss as a lesson in his NFL education.

"When you grade yourself you've got to grade yourself on every single play and go over what you would have done differently," Grossman said. "You know there was quite a few plays that I was pleased with and there were some plays I gained a lot of experience on. Especially the last play of the game, I definitely learned from that.

"(It was my) Fourth start in my NFL career, so you know I'm still learning every single snap. Watching tape and developing from that is huge for me."

Despite posting just 14 points (16 with an intentional safety by the Lions) there were bright spots on offense. David Terrell leads the NFC with 126 receiving yards. Considering last Sunday was the first time the first-string offense spent four quarters together the passing game is still a work in progress.

"Throwing and catching and getting open is very rhythmic and just to get into the flow of the game is big and that's what you know playing the whole game obviously gives you," Grossman said.

While the passing looked better against Detroit than it did at anytime during the preseason, Grossman is still in the infancy stages of his career. Meaning the defense is going to have to shorten the field for the offense by creating turnovers. The unit forced just one against Detroit, which will have to increase for the point totals to follow suit.

"It's all about playmakers, whoever makes the most plays usually wins the game," Mike Brown said.

The Bears need their stars to come up with game changing plays on Sunday to leave Green Bay with a victory.


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