Stand By Your Moose

Muhsin Muhammad caught five passes for 58 yards against Green Bay but also had three drops, including a potential 28-yard touchdown toss that clanked off his hands in the end zone.

Those misplays kept Rex Grossman (11-for-23 for 16 yards) from having a more impressive day statistically, but the quarterback said that wouldn't prevent him from depending on the Pro Bowl wide receiver in the future.

"I have a good rapport with him," Grossman said. "I think Kyle (Orton) and I have a good rapport with him. He runs great routes, and just recently he's dropped a couple, but it's not like I'm going to shy away from him. He's an all-pro receiver, and he's going to make that play (in the end zone) 99 times out of 100, so I'm just going to keep going back to him."

Muhammad admitted to the end-zone drop but said he'd get over it.

"You're only as good as your last game, and I've got a chance to play another one, so I'll be back," he said. "I was looking at the ball, (but) every now and then you drop balls. It just happens. It's not back to the drawing board. I don't need to reinvent the wheel; I just need to catch them."

Lapse in Coverage
The Bears were No. 6 in the NFL in punt coverage before allowing the Packers' Antonio Chatman to score on an 85-yarder Sunday.

"There were a lot of people to blame on that, and I'm not going to name guys," special teams coordinator Dave Toub said. "Obviously, the punt was short and had low hang time. We were playing for a high pooch kick, and obviously our gunners are coming in from behind to defend the goal line, that's the way we do it. When (Chatman) has his the ball in his hands that quickly, he's a dangerous returner.

"We really take pride in our coverage. Those guys were mad as well and disappointed. Everybody. I thought we could have covered harder."

Safe Delivery
Veteran long snapper Pat Mannelly drove to Lambeau Field on Sunday morning, a day later than the team, so that he could be with his wife Tamara for the birth of their first child, Tyler Opal, on Saturday night.

Backup linebacker Jeremy Cain is the Bears' backup snapper, but he's never snapped in the regular season.

"I told him Saturday night, 'Are you ready to go?'" Toub said. "I probably shouldn't have done that because he probably didn't sleep all night. But Pat made it back, and everyone is fine at home, and he's got a baby girl and everybody is happy."

Home Away from Home
The Bears are 7-8 on the road under Lovie Smith after going 2-14 under Dick Jauron in the two previous years.

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