Taking Control Early

Although, the season is only two weeks old the Bears could take a step towards winning the division and gaining home field advantage with a win over New Orleans.

The Bears haven't started a season 2-0 since 1991, when the team won four straight before losing to Buffalo. At this point there are only three teams that haven't lost in the conference. Two of them play this Sunday when the Saints come to Memorial Stadium, while the Carolina Panthers have surpassed their win total from last season with victories over Baltimore and Detroit. Chances are Carolina will not be undefeated for long. Conference favorites like the Rams already have two losses, while the Packers, 49ers, Eagles and Bucs are 1-1.

There are few games that can be considered big in week three, but the Bears match-up with New Orleans could qualify. The Saints are coming off a thorough beating of the Packers and look to be the better team

Still, the Bears have found a way to win two games that could have went the other way. If, the Bears find a way to beat the Saints they could be the only undefeated team in the NFC not to mention already having at least a one-game lead over Green Bay.

Dick Jauron said he hasn't even thought about being one of three teams that are 2-0 and doesn't take any team for granted.

"There's not a whole lot that surprises you in the league. You expect anything on gameday everybody's really good. At least the two teams that we played play really hard. Everybody's fighting for those wins and they are hard to come by. So, I like where we are but it's so early in the year."

INJURIES MOUNTING: The Bears are awaiting the MRI results of Ted Washington's sprained left ankle. There is talk that the defensive tackle could be out four weeks, which was the same fate of Phillip Daniels.

If that diagnosis is true then Alfonso Boone will start for Washington. Boone could make his first career start against New Orleans. Meaning the Bears defense would have a player starting his first career game on consecutive weeks. Todd McMillon, who replaced R.W. McQuarters, made his first career start against Atlanta.

Dick Jauron dismissed the chances of Bryan Robinson moving inside fulltime, if Washington is down for length of time.

"It is something we could, but right now it's not something we plan to do," Jauron said. "We still got Booney (Alfonso Boone) and we got Christian (Peter) inside and Joe (Tafoya) has played some three for us also. We have some other options. We'll see what happens with Ted. He's an amazing guy in a lot of ways. Hopefully, he's an amazing healer."

Jauron said James "Big Cat" Williams is day to day with a strained hip flexor.

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