NOT OVERLOOKING CHICAGO

Monday night's matchup against Chicago doesn't look like much of a test for the Dolphins given the Bears' 3-9 record and their numerous injuries, but the Dolphins aren't about to get caught looking past their next opponent.

The latest blow for the Bears involves Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher, who didn't practice all week and is expected to miss the game because of a neck injury.

The Bears also will be without starting running back Anthony Thomas, starting wide receiver David Terrell and former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ted Washington, among others.

But getting up for the game won't be a problem, Dolphins players insist.

"No, it is not difficult to get up because we have to look at ourselves," said cornerback Sam Madison. "I know you guys have seen the movie 'Any Given Sunday,' and anything can happen. If you look at these guys' schedule last year, they won a lot of games and they were able to put up points.

"The chemistry is still there, but they haven't had a couple of breaks here and a couple of breaks there. If you go back and look at the beginning of the season, the majority of their losses were by three or four points and then in overtime coming on fluke plays. They have been in a majority of their games, but they haven't been able to close.

"We can't take these guys lightly because they have the potential to be a great football team. They have just been short here or there on a couple of plays."

Regardless of the opponent, the fact the game is on national television and the rest of the league will be watching is motivation enough.

"When it is Monday night, it doesn't matter what your record is because nobody wants to look bad in front of all of their friends and people on TV back home," said linebacker Zach Thomas. "It really doesn't matter on Monday night. A regular game isn't even going to be watched. On Monday night everybody sees it.

"No one wants to make 'SportsCenter.' No one wants to see highlights of (John) Madden circling you. I don't want to do that, either. Everybody will be coming to play. We definitely will be. We'll see their best and they'll see ours."


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