Bears Catch A Break

LAKE FOREST-The NFL season is a grind – team after team, star after star to contend with. Yet almost in the exact middle of their season, the Bears find themselves with only one game in 24 days.

The Bears had a Thursday game in Week 6, giving them 9 days before their game against the Redskins. Thanks to a bye in Week 8, they’ll have two weeks before their next contest. It should provide relief to an older team dealing with injuries.

“It’s very important, you want to be fresh on Sunday," says defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. "Or Monday or Thursday or whatever it is. You have to be at your best on game day.”

“Yeah, it’s just something to continue to get better on," says safety Craig Steltz. "We’ll take every day and just continue to make the most out of it.”

Despite a scheduling quirk that allows the Bears nearly three weeks of downtime during the midst of their season, they say preparation here at Halas Hall doesn’t change a bit.

“It’s a really important game for us because it’s the next one," says receiver Brandon Marshall. "And I know it’s kind of cliché-est, but it is.”

"Any time that you have to prepare, you have to make the most of it and that’s what we try to do," says Tucker. "In terms of rest and recovery, in our preparation, in the meeting room and on the field.”

As the Bears get ready for a tough road game in Washington this Sunday, and then a big rivalry game with the Packers after the bye week, extra time to heal and prepare certainly doesn’t hurt.

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