The significance of the Cardinals' shocking upset of the Packers on Sunday didn't escape the Bears, who play host to Green Bay next Monday night in the first game at new Soldier Field.
"It doesn't matter if you're
the Bad News Bears or if you're the Arizona Cardinals," said Bears wide receiver
David Terrell. "You go out there and you strap 'em on just like everybody else
and you practice hard every week. They deserved to win, and that's who won. This
week we're going to go out and practice hard and try to get us a win that we
It was Terrell's 52-yard reception on a Monday night
against the Packers at Champaign that provided one last, late gasp for the Bears
in their 34-21 loss at Memorial Stadium last Oct. 7. That was the last catch of
the 2002 season for Terrell, who fractured a bone in his left foot on the play,
and it was the third of eight straight losses for the Bears, who have now lost
14 of their last 16.
"It is what it is," Terrell said, after
staying after practice Monday to catch extra passes. "It's a big game, and right
now it's the biggest game of the year. We have to understand that, and I think
everybody understands what we've got to do. It's just about us being
professional and getting it done, however it may be we have to do
--WR Marty Booker last season had 18 receptions for 193
yards and one TD in the two-game series vs. the Packers.
David Terrell had his best game of the season last year against the Packers with
three catches for 77 yards, the last of which was a 52-yarder on which he
suffered a season-ending fracture in his left foot.
--RB Anthony Thomas had 19 carries for 71 yards in two games vs. the Packers last season, and
the Bears rushed for a total of just 119 yards.
--WR Dez White
had 11 of his 51 catches last season against the Packers for 109
--TE Dustin Lyman had his career game last season in the
rematch with the Packers. Lyman caught seven passes for 58 yards and the only
two touchdowns of his four-year career. But he also suffered a ruptured ACL
graft in his left knee that ended his season.
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