At times it seemed as if the outcome could go in either one's favor. We were glad to have pulled it out and for that I give a lot of credit to the Bears offense. They keep the points on the board and moved the ball when they had to.
The Bears defense? What can you say about a performance like that? It was outstanding. They were dominating every time they were on the field. Not allowing a touchdown in 11 quarters? I found that amazing. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it.
The front four never let up and did everything they could to make sure that this game didn't get away from us. That kind of an effort raises everybody's level of play. That was some quality NFL football.
There's a positive effect throughout our team when we have defense like that. It takes a lot of the pressure off and makes everybody's job easier because you never feel the game will get out of control.
To me the defense seems fresh even at the end of games and that is key in any win. The coaches are doing a good job of rotating them in and out with no loss drop off.
Each and every game becomes more important as we push towards the playoffs. If you are on a losing team, at this point in time you just can't wait for it all to be done with so you can go home and relax or head somewhere on vacation.
If you are winning, however, it's an entirely different mindset. We can't wait to get out on the field, can't wait for the next game to start. It's as if all the soreness and fatigue don't exist. We'll worry about that once the season is over.
We got Monday off as we have all year whenever we get a win. This week though I didn't sit home and relax on my couch. I turned right around after flying home from Tampa and headed back to Florida to see my family and friends. Then I came back to Chicago late Tuesday night. The flights were rough and I felt the aftereffects a little bit Wednesday but by Sunday I'll be more than ready to go.
Overall I was satisfied with my performance against the Bucs. I got two tackles and my blocking went the way I wanted it to. This week though I am going to work on my consistency. I have the techniques down but I want to do it on every play. That's simply a matter of concentration and repetition.
Although I spent my early years here in Chicago, I haven't ever been personally involved in the Bears-Packers rivalry so this will be an interesting experience for me. I think that all of the players here understand the importance of going against Green Bay, even the guys who are new to this team.
It's strange, I'd always assumed that Chicago dominated when this game was played at home. I asked Pat Mannelly about that and he set me straight. I guess Brett Favre has some incredible streak going against the Bears, 11 wins straights wins here at Soldier Field. We're not going to let that keep going.
Even though Green Bay is 2-9, you can be sure that this is a game nobody is taking for granted. We realize that the Packers haven't had their best year so far, but that doesn't mean they'll roll over for us.
The fans were a big factor in our favor against Carolina and hopefully that will be the case when the Packers come to town. I enjoy that noise, it's energizing. Like the rest of this team I'm looking forward to playing at home on Sunday. It should be a challenge but one I think we can win.
Brendon Ayanbadejo has agreed to share his observations of life in the National Football League with Bear Report readers. Brendon will be checking in via the website on a weekly basis.