Now or Never

Lake Forest – With 12 games left on the schedule the Bears have to make a run in the next four games if they are to a chance at making a run in the division.

Following two days of practice Lovie Smith gave his team three days off to recuperate and recharge for the final three quarters of the season.

After four games the Bears are tied for last place in the NFC North with the Green Bay Packers at 1-3.

The Bears' first four opponents have compiled a cumulative 9-5 record, and even though their only victory came against the 1-3 Packers, it was still significant in that Green Bay had won 18 of the previous 20 meetings.

The next four opponents, the Redskins, Buccaneers, 49ers and Giants, are a combined 4-12. If the defense plays as well against its upcoming opponents as it did in holding the Packers to 10 points and the Eagles to 19, a .500 record at the halfway point isn't out of reach.

"We played Philly tough, but these moral victories aren't getting it done," Adewale Ogunleye said. "At the same time, this has been a tough first quarter of the season and hopefully the schedule -- I'm not saying that anything gets easier -- but with these young guys getting more playing time and with us playing together more, we should get these L's turned into W's."

Rookie defensive tackle Tommie Harris was asked what words of encouragement he would offer Bears fans after a third loss in four games.

"Be with us through the thick and the thin, and it'll get greater at the end," Harris said. "That rhymes, too. You like that."

The Bears have eight sacks this season, not a terribly impressive number, but it's a pace that will easily exceed last season's franchise-low total of 18, which was also the lowest number in the NFL. Eight different players have gotten one sack each this season.

"The first couple days after, I (was thinking), 'I wish I'd have done this, I wish I'd have done that,' but I'm starting to just accept my fate and make the best of it." -- Injured Bears QB Rex Grossman, who is out for the rest of the season with a ruptured ACL in his right knee.

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