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Lovie Smith plans to play starters Sunday no matter what

Lovie Smith

The Packers are playing for a playoff spot on Sunday against the Bears.  Chicago might be playing for the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

Even if the Eagles lost to Minnesota on Tuesday night, Bears coach Lovie Smith plans to play his starters against the Packers.   And the reality is that it’s very unlikely the Vikings and Joe Webb will help out the Bears Tuesday.

“There is just so much going on this week,” Smith said via the Chicago Tribune.   “For us, it just seems like we have to play our best ball this week in Game 16. Number one, I mean, it’s the Packers and the Bears. That in itself really makes you play your best ball.”

Smith famously said it was his first goal as Bears coach to beat the Packers.  Potentially knocking them out of the playoffs would be a signature moment in his run, no matter what happened in the playoffs.

The Bears also have to consider what would happen if they lose.  If the Eagles win out, the Bears could go from having a playoff bye to playing the Packers in back-to-back weeks.

As an impartial observer, that would be a lot of fun to watch.

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49 Responses to “Lovie Smith plans to play starters Sunday no matter what”
  1. mike83ri says: Dec 27, 2010 4:30 PM

    Joe Webb? Clearly you haven’t noticed that God keeps delaying the Viking’s games so that Lord Favre can play.

  2. xtb3 says: Dec 27, 2010 4:33 PM

    No way in the world do Eagles lose to Webb and Vikings. Next Sunday’s game at 4:15pm in Green Bay starts the same time as Eagles/Cowboys game and is a must win game for the Bears or there is no bye for them.

  3. schemefactory says: Dec 27, 2010 4:42 PM

    i argued with a bears fan yesterday who, in an attempt to insert a built-in-excuse for next week, said that the bears would have nothing to play for and play their scrubs. this beatdown the packers are going to give the bears is going to be epic. how do you keep bears off your lawn? put up a goalpost…haa..

  4. mrcmos says: Dec 27, 2010 4:43 PM

    Bears lose…Book It

  5. buckeye044 says: Dec 27, 2010 4:44 PM

    It is still Monday. Things will change.

  6. randolph32 says: Dec 27, 2010 4:54 PM

    This is a non-story….hell yes he’s going to play his starters, you didn’t even need to look and see if his lips were moving!

  7. cubEbear54 says: Dec 27, 2010 5:07 PM

    Lovie better play the starters next week!! Have you seen the Pack play recently? It’s not the same team the Bears played week 3 that’s for sure, and there’s more on the line now. CHI wants that bye. Let’s face it, the Vikes aren’t going to beat Philthadelphia at the Linc with or without Favre. So the defense needs to crawl out from wherever they were hiding yesterday and show up at Lambeau ready to play!

  8. importantpftcomment says: Dec 27, 2010 5:11 PM

    Like most people, I have a hard time believing the Vikings have any chance to win Tuesday night (damn, feels funny typing Tuesday)………

    It would be one hella game to watch if it actually happened though………

  9. dfeltz says: Dec 27, 2010 5:15 PM

    As a Bears fan, I want the bye. But if we don’t get it, the Packers will hold nothing back in the playbook for this upcoming game. I’ll take my chance on the defense being prepared for round 3

  10. childressrulz says: Dec 27, 2010 5:16 PM

    Packers will roll next week by 14.

  11. gallopingghost says: Dec 27, 2010 5:20 PM

    Good man, Lovie. He knows what this means to the fans.

  12. teal379 says: Dec 27, 2010 5:36 PM

    Actually – the way to get a Bears fan off the lawn is to pay them for the pizza…

    GB will have to play well to win and if they do and see CHI in the post season – I don’t hold out much hope for a McCarthy coached team in a big game…

    That said – Chicago will have to play top ball in the post season – something it’s not done always and managed to win in the regular season. You can’t count on miscues from the other team as much in January.

  13. Dynasty says: Dec 27, 2010 5:40 PM

    Packers expose Bears next week. Rodgers is a Beast!

  14. minnesconsin says: Dec 27, 2010 5:45 PM

    dfeltz says:
    Dec 27, 2010 5:15 PM
    As a Bears fan, I want the bye. But if we don’t get it, the Packers will hold nothing back in the playbook for this upcoming game. I’ll take my chance on the defense being prepared for round 3
    ——–

    smart man. look what happened to my packers last year – after destroying the cards at the end of the regular season, they lost to them in the wildcard round of the playoffs. also see moss, randy — lambeau mooning incident.

  15. thetooloftools says: Dec 27, 2010 6:00 PM

    rest = rust in the NFL .. players need to stay sharp.

  16. pkrjones says: Dec 27, 2010 6:01 PM

    Won’t matter if Lovie plays his starters or not, the Packers will win the next 2 games… both against the over-rated Bears. You won the division, but the Packers will advance. Learn from those Cubbie fans… there’s always next year.

  17. packattack1967 says: Dec 27, 2010 6:07 PM

    We win AND knock Cutler out of the playoffs.

  18. jdandcoke says: Dec 27, 2010 6:16 PM

    as a disgusted giants fan i dont even know why im saying this but…GO BEARS. the giants REALLY dont deserve to get into the postseason.

    actually, if i could be guaranteed that we’d get cowher or harbaugh to be our coach next year if the giants failed to make the playoffs, id openly root against the giants and the bears.

    being that i have no idea what is going on in mara’s head, i have to root for my team to sneak in and then get very lucky.

    i dont think it really matters though….i really think GB is a better team then the bears. i think GB wallops them next week and then again the following week in the playoffs.

  19. thehatefulnerd says: Dec 27, 2010 6:18 PM

    They are who we think they are.

  20. tecmobowl34 says: Dec 27, 2010 6:31 PM

    so much bears hate on this site, from the writers and the commenters. some people have no class. you guys are professional whiny haters.

    the “get the bears off your lawn with a goalpost” line is so funny AND accurate, what with the Bears putting up 38 on a top-5 defense yesterday…

  21. tecmobowl34 says: Dec 27, 2010 6:39 PM

    …and putting up 78 over the last two games…

  22. tecmobowl34 says: Dec 27, 2010 6:43 PM

    if any beefpacker or viqueen fan out there says that they wouldnt want guys like Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher, Matt Forte, Devin Hester, or Johnny Knox on their team is either lying, willfully ignorant, just plain stupid, or a combination of all three.

    But the Bears still suck, right? At 11-4? And in position for the 2nd seed?

    Maybe not the best team in the league, but they’re playing damn good football right now. And hey, they didn’t lose to the Lions. Sorry GB (but you did).

  23. aaronrodgerschokes says: Dec 27, 2010 6:44 PM

    Rodgers is due for another choke. The Packers are due for another specila teams meltdown.

  24. aaronrodgerschokes says: Dec 27, 2010 6:44 PM

    *special (why the heck can’t we edit posts?)

  25. gcsuk says: Dec 27, 2010 6:53 PM

    @jdandcoke:
    Hey, I’m a Giants fan living in Chicago, and I am having a hard time rooting for the Bears. Normally I would want the Giants to get in any way possible, but they have played so poorly over the last 5 quarters, I honestly think they don’t deserve to go.

    I won’t be rooting for the Packers, but they seem to deserve it a hell of a lot more than the Giants. I won’t be shocked or upset if GB wins.

    P.S. Root for Atlanta tonight and TB next week. Maybe New Orleans can lose 2 straight and both the Giants and Packers get in?

  26. philtration says: Dec 27, 2010 6:55 PM

    I want all of the Packers fans to come back here Sunday night if the Bears win.
    Come back and start your world famous whining about the refs, bad calls, injuries, the NFL television conspiracy, lucky teams…..

    Come back and do what you do best cheesedicks.

  27. ctownlegend says: Dec 27, 2010 7:07 PM

    green bay fans are hilarious, you guys are not as good as you think you are. Your D is over rated, your special teams is terrible you have no run game and we’ve already proven we are better then you. After we beat you Sunday i will thank Green Bay for helping us lock up a bye. Oh and Peppers is gonna destroy Rodgers sunday

  28. angelosdraftboard says: Dec 27, 2010 7:58 PM

    Pack and Bear are thetwo best teams in NFC. Atlanta and Eagles are highly overrated. It will be an NFC North showdown in a couple of weeks.

  29. tommytd says: Dec 27, 2010 8:00 PM

    Packers expose Bears next week. Rodgers is a Beast!
    ========================================
    …as long as he’s playing! Somebody better teach that “beast” how to slide or he’s going to have a short career in cheeseland. Go Bears…knock out the Pack and let ‘em do their Lambeau leaping on the golf course! LOL

  30. zuppadaditka says: Dec 27, 2010 8:06 PM

    pkrjones says:
    Dec 27, 2010 6:01 PM
    Won’t matter if Lovie plays his starters or not, the Packers will win the next 2 games… both against the over-rated Bears. You won the division, but the Packers will advance. Learn from those Cubbie fans… there’s always next year.

    so now the bears are overrated huh? The Bears were picked to finish 3rd or 4th in the division before the season. half way through the season they were still thought to fall off and finish in the same spot. Its funny how stupid ignorant Packer fans such as yourself have 1 great game after many flops and act all high and mighty. The Bears have been the underdog all season long and have proved you wrong. Eat some more cheese….fudge packers!!

    Oh by the way Cutler is 7-1 since his return and the Bears have an offense now (78 points in 2 games) Our last meeting, which we won, the Packers had 18 penalties!!!!!! 18 in one game!!!!! New NFL record! 11-4 speaks for it self and the Bears were picked to be 8-8 or worse. …..but yea, the Bears are overratted!!!!

  31. pervyharvin says: Dec 27, 2010 8:35 PM

    Like any of this matters?? All knowledgeable fans know that Atlanta will represent the NFC in the SB. Nice season Bears but won’t be any better than the Vikings season last year. Cutler can’t win in Atlanta! Remember I said it!!!

  32. pervyharvin says: Dec 27, 2010 8:36 PM

    ….oh, and defenseless Green Bay is a freakin’ joke of a team…

  33. mianrashed says: Dec 27, 2010 8:51 PM

    The best news Giants fans received the last two weeks…

  34. akpackfan says: Dec 27, 2010 9:15 PM

    Of course Lovie will play his starters. He has no other purpose in life then to try and beat the Packers and the thought of having to play this team in the playoffs probably has him pissing his pants.

  35. chobes68 says: Dec 27, 2010 9:20 PM

    Must win for the Bears…puhleeze..They’re already in. Its a must win for the Giants, Packers, Bucs, etc, but not the Bears.

    Knock Cutler out…I’d worry more about Erin Rodgers getting knocked out. He’s already running on two concussions.

    Atl, Cutler can’t win there? Atlanta won’t be the NFC rep in the SB. Mark those words!

    Cubbie fans? You do realize that there are two teams in Chicago, right? And one of those won it all in 05. I know its difficult to compare any baseball team vs the mighty Brewers, but enough baseball talk.

    Let’s face it, every team, outside of the Patriots has its flaws, not that the Pats are perfect, but they’ve been the best team so far.

    Just quit whining about your loss in week 3. Oh, if we didn’t have 18 penalties, we would have won. You were a lot healthier then, and its not like the penalties weren’t warranted. Quit you woulda, shoulda, coulda. You beat the Giants last week, a team that’s not even in the playoffs yet.

    With all that being said, to the reasonable Packer fans, I can’t wait. The game(s) should be fun. For the asshats, go back to playing Madden.

  36. tecmobowl34 says: Dec 27, 2010 9:25 PM

    pervyharvin says:
    Dec 27, 2010 8:35 PM

    “Nice season Bears but won’t be any better than the Vikings season last year.”

    ———————————————–

    Yeah, and last season was pretty fun, wasn’t it, Pervy? Pretty memorable? Like, one of the best (if not THE best) seasons you’ll ever watch as a Vikings fan?

    If the Bears finish with a season like that, I’ll take it over what the Vikings are this year. A Chicago hangover wouldn’t happen, either. In case no one has noticed, the Bears don’t have a skill position player (Hester, Forte, Knox, Olsen, Bennett, Cutler) over 27 years old. gonna be together for a while, and getting…better…every…week

  37. jdandcoke says: Dec 27, 2010 9:26 PM

    gcsuk

    yeah, 2 NO losses and a ny win and the giants get in. even if they lose to atl tonight though i dont see tb beating the saints next week.

    the dirty birds arent exactly looking too good tonight so far either.

    nope, i think the giants hopes rest with jay cutler….thats not a good thought. 10-0 aints…

  38. jaypodium says: Dec 27, 2010 10:15 PM

    @pervyharvin

    Cutler can win in Atlanta. Actually he’s the only qb to ever beat Matt Ryan in Atlanta (well except maybe for Brees later tonight).

  39. Beer Cheese Soup says: Dec 27, 2010 10:24 PM

    Good call, Lovie. I’m sure the players and fans want to see this age-old rivalry at its best, not played out with a bunch of backups.

    As a Packers fan, I’d much rather we beat the Bears, and beat them at their best. No Viking-like excuses for the loss, no matter which way it goes.

  40. comeonnowguys says: Dec 27, 2010 10:30 PM

    On a slightly related note: Anyone see the Bears defense’s numbers on the road compared to at home?

    Kinda surprising. …Until you remember they play on a cow pasture.

  41. ditkaditkaditka says: Dec 27, 2010 10:30 PM

    How do you keep the Packers off of your lawn>? Paint a Lions helmet on it.

    So much shiat talking from fans of a team that goes into Detroit and puts up 3 points and lose to their 3rd string QB. The Packers are all homerun or nothing. Biggest front runners in the NFL. Coach McFatty is 5-15 in 4 point or less games.

  42. Beer Cheese Soup says: Dec 27, 2010 10:39 PM

    pervyharvin says:

    ….oh, and defenseless Green Bay is a freakin’ joke of a team…
    ____________

    No, they’re a “mediocre” team. A “joke of a team” is one like the Vikings.

    You know, with the purple uniforms, inflatable bouncy house for a (former) stadium, the constant off-field drama, the crossdressing, the sexting, the hilariously ignorant press conferences, the interceptions, and the state full of people who have all along refused to pay to see them play, and now can’t wait to see them leave for California.

    THAT is a joke of a team. The Packers have had their issues, but they’ve still got twelve rings and a shot at a playoff berth. Vikings have none of that, and they never will again.

  43. txbearmeat says: Dec 27, 2010 11:50 PM

    Bears fans – keep up the smack talk. That will make GB’s 2 straight smack downs over your pretender team all the more sweet.
    -
    And BTW – you may not have an offensive skill player over 30, but your O line is not good, and not young either. Kreutz is OLD. Your D is on its last legs. Peppers is no spring chicken. Urlacher is up there. Briggs isn’t young either…. who else is on your defense? Oh that’s right NO ONE!

  44. teal379 says: Dec 28, 2010 7:11 AM

    Packer D overrated? How many points did the Jets score on us? How many did they score on Chicago?

    You hung 30+ on the Jets? (talk about over rated D) – We hung how many on the Giants?

    Come back when you DOMINATE a team.

  45. gregjennings85 says: Dec 28, 2010 9:37 AM

    The Bears are the best team in football. Jay Cutler the best QB in football. I just hope the Packers can keep it competitive.

    Let’s play some ball.

  46. gregjennings85 says: Dec 28, 2010 9:39 AM

    No smack talk here — nothing but compliments for Chicago — the greatest city full of the greatest people in the World.

    If only Green Bay were closer to Chicago, we might have a better city and a better team.

    Oh well. We’ll give it our best shot on Sunday.

  47. ruvelligwebuike says: Dec 28, 2010 10:38 AM

    This Bears team is better than they’re given credit for. They win ugly, but ugly usually means great D and ST and an offense that takes care of the ball. I don’t know how that’s possible with Cutler at the helm, but it’s true.

    Pack will have their hands full the next two weeks, but if they can run the ball like they have the last two weeks, it’s two wins. They are a flat out better team.

  48. acdc84 says: Dec 28, 2010 7:50 PM

    “green bay fans are hilarious, you guys are not as good as you think you are. Your D is over rated, your special teams is terrible you have no run game and we’ve already proven we are better then you. After we beat you Sunday i will thank Green Bay for helping us lock up a bye. Oh and Peppers is gonna destroy Rodgers sunday”

    I don’t recall the ’07 Patriots having a great run game, defense, or special-teams. I do recall them having a high-octane passing attack, which is enough to win any game. I’m not saying this team is as good as ’07 NE, but a passing attack can overcome alot of other shortcomings. As this past game showed, when our passing game is clicking, the defense can sit back and give up some points, but the turnover opportunities will be there at some point, and we know Cutler just HATES to throw INTs.

    Green Bay beat themselves in Week 3. Don’t get me wrong, we didn’t deserve to win that game, but neither did Chicago.

    Peppers will destroy Rodgers?? LOL. I’m sure GB is crapping their pants this week thinking about Peppers, what with his huge two-tackle zero-sack game in Week 3.

  49. titletown96 says: Dec 28, 2010 8:53 PM

    Going to enjoy Sundays pasting of the Bares.

    GoPackGo!

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