Thursday Notes

Lake Forest - Bears coach Lovie Smith doesn't mind if Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss catches a few passes Sunday at the Metrodome, as long as they're the right kind of passes.

"People have tried all the different ways (to stop him)," Smith said. "We like to knock him around like we like to knock all the receivers around. Cover-2 (two safeties playing deep) is one of the base things that we'll do. But you can't play Cover-2 always. You can't double-cover him always. You have to be able to just man up from time to time and try not to let him get big plays as much as anything.

"We can live with him catching a couple short passes underneath. We would like for guys to catch the ball underneath, and we like to sprint and get 11 guys taking a shot at him. That would be an ideal world for us. We of course assume they're going to try to throw it deep and throw it deep often."

Through two games Moss has three touchdowns on 12 receptions in two games, but is averaging just 8 yards per catch.

--Mike Brown was in great spirits at Halas Hall Wednesday, but he was a wreck after suffering his season-ending ruptured Achilles' tendon against the Packers.

"I was a little devastated early on, but I'm starting to come to grips with it," Brown said. "I have to concentrate on coming back stronger than ever. It's going to take a little bit of time, but I've got to be patient and work hard, which I have no problem doing." Brown has never missed an NFL game and had never had a serious injury until he felt a pop in his right leg after avoiding a block during a play with just four minutes left in the game.

"My feelings are hurt that I can't play, but it's part of the game and you've just got to roll with the punches I guess," Brown said. "This is what I love to do. I feel like I'm in my prime and I felt like this was going to be a great year for me."

--Rex Grossman threw just five passes, and completed three, in the second half of the victory over the Packers, but that's OK with him.

"We were up 21-3, so we were just very conservative in the second half," Grossman said. "We won the game because we were just crushing them in the running game and playing great defense. Those two things are going to win you games no matter what. Ever since football was invented, those two things are the most important to winning."

SERIES HISTORY - 86th meeting. Vikings lead series 46-38-2 but Bears have won four of last six meetings. Vikings have won three of last four meetings at the Metrodome.

Randy Moss has just one 100-yard receiving game in his last eight against the Bears, who have had success bracketing him with double-coverage.

"I told Todd (Johnson) he has to look at it as him and Bobby (Gray) have to come and take my job. Make them get rid of me. That's the way they have to look at it, and go out there and perform that way, and hopefully they do, so I can go get another (signing) bonus somewhere." -- Bears FS Mike Brown, who is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon

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