Awaiting Packers, Bears downplay the hype

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- They'll continue to resist boastful told-you-so diatribes, but don’t get it twisted: The 2-0 Bears remain confident heading into Monday night’s matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

At the same time, they won’t place extra value in the pending showdown with their NFC North foe. While the winner of the contest seizes sole possession of first place in the divisional race, the club plans to keep things into perspective.

It’s just another game, they say.

“This is Week 3,” tight end Greg Olsen said. “If it were Week 16, sure [the Bears would place extra emphasis on the game]. We want to beat Green Bay regardless of the circumstances. All those things increase it a little bit -- the fact we’re undefeated, Monday Night Football -- but for the most part, this is a normal game. Green Bay is going to be huge regardless of records, time of year, or anything. We’re looking forward to it, and we’re excited to be on this national stage.”

Displaying a humble approach, the Bears continue to downplay most of the hype concerning the upcoming matchup against the undefeated Packers. The Bears aren’t buying into any buzz surrounding them or worrying about the segment of the fan base that remains skeptical of the club’s undefeated mark.

Defensive end Israel Idonije said the club came into the season expecting its present success, but also planned to take a low-key approach to handling it.

Does the outing give the Bears a perfect chance to quiet the skeptics?

“We know what we are in our house,” Idonije said, flatly. “We’ve said it all along: we’re just gonna quietly go about our business. We have a lot of talented players in all three phases. As long as we don’t beat ourselves, and are able to execute the schemes our coaches put in, we’ll be in great shape.”

Besides that, the Bears don’t pay attention anyway to what’s written or said about them, according to Olsen.

“Articles written, things said, [those things] don’t really have any outcomes,” he said. “Wins and losses when you get to the end of the year determine whether you go to the playoffs. The field is where it really counts. All the other stuff really doesn’t have any impact on the game.”