LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Sunday marked the Bears' eighth road game of the season -- 10th if you count preseason.
So it was curious to hear players and coaches talk about the importance of the Bears' offensive line playing in the hostile environment of Lambeau Field on Sunday during their 10-3 loss to the Packers.
But it actually makes sense.
The current group of Bears starting offensive linemen -- Olin Kreutz (C), Frank Omiyale (LT), Chris Williams (LG), Roberto Garza (RG) and J'Marcus Webb (RT) -- have been together since November 7 vs. Buffalo.
In that span, the Bears played road games against the Bills in a neutral site (Toronto), the Vikings in a college stadium (TCF Bank Stadium), the Lions in front of mainly Bears fans at Ford Field and the Dolphins.
"I can't say we've been in a lot of hostile environments where the crowd was into the game like they were yesterday," Smith said Monday. "That's more what I'm talking about. It's just how the schedule worked out this year. But again, that environment yesterday, definitely got [our offensive lineman] in position.
"We could have to play in a hostile environment in the playoffs".