Urlacher says Bears 'the best team, period'

The folks at ESPNBoston.com passed along a Chicago Tribune report with some bold comments from Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Urlacher declared the Bears the NFL's best team entering Sunday's game against the New England Patriots at Soldier Field.

"Remember, we have them at home ... the same like Philly,'' Urlacher said in a story by Chicago Tribune reporter Vaughn McClure. "When we played Philly, everybody was saying they were the best, right? It's the same situation and hopefully the same result."

The Bears beat the Eagles 31-26 in Week 12.

"New England is the best team in the NFL, record-wise," Urlacher continued. "But I feel like we're the best team, period. That's why I say record-wise. They have the best quarterback, numbers-wise. And everybody likes to go by numbers, right?''

Urlacher's interview contained plenty of respect for the Patriots. He particularly lauded Tom Brady's sublime performances lately.

"They lost Randy Moss, but they still have the guy who has the most catches in the NFL the last three or four years in [Wes] Welker," Urlacher said. "They have tight ends who are pretty good. Danny Woodhead, he's not a household name, but he's a fast running back. They've got BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

"It's not like they have nobody on offense. And, of course, having Tom Brady doesn't hurt.''