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Lovie Smith says the Bears are preparing to face the Saints

Lovie Smith AP

Though the Philadelphia Eagles shouldn’t need any extra motivation this weekend when it comes to playing the Packers, they may have picked up a little more motivation when it comes to playing the Bears in the divisional round.

If the Eagles can first beat the Packers.

Bears coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday that his team is preparing to face the Saints next weekend, which means that the Bears believe that the Saints will beat the Seahawks — and that the Packers wll beat the Eagles.

The Bears upended the Eagles in Chicago during the regular season.  Actually, half of the Eagles’ six losses in 2010 game against teams from the NFC North, and they’ll have to go 2-0 against the top two teams in the division if they want to fulfill a destiny date between Mike Vick and his former team, the Falcons.

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32 Responses to “Lovie Smith says the Bears are preparing to face the Saints”
  1. krow101 says: Jan 6, 2011 9:12 AM

    If any professional needs extra motivation to perform in a playoff game then they should be bagging groceries… and not wasting a roster spot on an NFL team.

  2. jcjets says: Jan 6, 2011 9:19 AM

    you kinda missed the point of the article, or spun it into a negative light. The bears have played seattle and the eagles already, so they are scouting and preparing for the saints since they did not play them. what a slight!

  3. 8man says: Jan 6, 2011 9:20 AM

    Well that’s the way I have it playing out. No disrespect to the Eagles, I just think Green Bay has begun to hit it’s stride and believe that without all of the injuries they have suffered, would have won their division.

    Still, they don’t play the games on paper…

  4. packattack12 says: Jan 6, 2011 9:22 AM

    This is absolutely terrible reporting. If you read the original article, Lovie Smith clearly states that they’re spending more time on the Saints because they’ve already played Philly and Seattle and are the most unfamiliar with New Orleans. Stop making stories out of nothing!!!

  5. vickadelphiaphreedom says: Jan 6, 2011 9:24 AM

    Yeah….to be fair, Lovie ACTUALLY said:

    “Because the Bears already faced the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles in the regular season — and there is no chance they will play the sixth-seeded Green Bay Packers — the bulk of the scouting work is centered on the defending Super Bowl champions.”

    Thats’s a bit different thanthey think the Eagles and Seahawks will lose….

  6. phillyforlife says: Jan 6, 2011 9:35 AM

    Go ahead prepair for the Saints then lose the Birds

  7. ditkaditkaditka says: Jan 6, 2011 9:35 AM

    Way to miss the point of the article. The Bears are spending more time on the Saints because the Saints are the only one of the 3 possibilities the Bears did not play this year.

    Nice way to spin it though and try to create controversy where there is none.

  8. Matt-NC says: Jan 6, 2011 9:41 AM

    Sounds like Lovely Smith is head-gaming a little bit against the Packers by trying to fire up the Eagles.

    I think Chicago gave Green Bay it’s best shot and are concerned about possibly having to face them again.

  9. phillyforlife says: Jan 6, 2011 9:49 AM

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Lovie Smith’s primary focus during the bye week: the New Orleans Saints.

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    Saints coach Sean Peyton hasn’t fared well against the Bears.Because the Bears already faced the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles in the regular season — and there is no chance they will play the sixth-seeded Green Bay Packers — the bulk of the scouting work is centered on the defending Super Bowl champions.

    “We do, and that’s what we’ve done [focused more on New Orleans],” Smith said. “At the same time, we have a history with the Saints. Their coaching staff has been in place, so it’s not like anyone is a big surprise to us right now. We’ll look at everyone, but spend a little more time on the Saints.”

  10. east96st says: Jan 6, 2011 10:06 AM

    As others have pointed out, this article is nothing but a sham. However, you couldn’t blame the guy for looking at 44 years of failure and assuming the Eagles will fail once again.

  11. chadman128 says: Jan 6, 2011 10:06 AM

    Here is the exact wording straight from the Chicago Sun Times-

    The Bears are getting ready for the Saints.

    Well, kind of.

    Coach Lovie Smith rarely tips his hand, but he acknowledged the Bears are doing a little more homework on the New Orleans Saints than their other possible opponents, the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles.

    That’s mostly because the Bears played the Seahawks and Eagles this season. They haven’t played the Saints since beating them 27-24 in overtime on Dec. 11, 2008, at Soldier Field.

    ‘‘That’s what we’ve done,’’ Smith said when asked if he’s preparing for the Saints. ‘‘At the same time, we have a history with the Saints. We know that coaching staff has been in place, so it’s not like anyone has been a big surprise to us. But we’ll look at everyone to spend a little bit more time on the Saints.’’

  12. ditkaditkaditka says: Jan 6, 2011 10:18 AM

    Matt-NC says:
    Jan 6, 2011 9:41 AM

    Sounds like Lovely Smith is head-gaming a little bit against the Packers by trying to fire up the Eagles.

    I think Chicago gave Green Bay it’s best shot and are concerned about possibly having to face them again.

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    Ummm, how about no. The Bears gave the packers their best shot in week 3 and won. Last week was a play-off game for one team and a glorified scrimmage for the other.

  13. favreflavoredwaffles says: Jan 6, 2011 10:19 AM

    I don’t see the Packers doing what the Steelers did in winning the SB from the 6th seed, but I think they beat PHI and give Atlanta a hell of a test. I can’t imagine NO losing to Seattle.
    I see Chicago beating NO and going to Atlanta for the NFC CG. That’s if Cutler can perform in a game that matters…at home or not. If he gets pressured and flustered….he’s terrible.

    Should Green Bay somehow get to Soldier….I’m there.

  14. deeowens11 says: Jan 6, 2011 10:23 AM

    I propose a name change to site. A more fitting one. You ready? Here we go: P.F.T.! Catchy right? I like it and it makes a ton of sense: Pro Football Tabloid!

  15. holdthemayo123 says: Jan 6, 2011 10:38 AM

    You are taking the man’s words out of context – how do you justify this?

  16. purpleguy says: Jan 6, 2011 10:43 AM

    Here we go again with media pushing the Packer bandwagon down the hill with increasing velocity yet again for another year (in an article about the Bears no less), only to have it crash with a resounding thud once more.

  17. grennandgold4ever says: Jan 6, 2011 10:46 AM

    ditkaditkaditka says:
    Jan 6, 2011 10:18 AM

    Ummm, how about no. The Bears gave the packers their best shot in week 3 and won. Last week was a play-off game for one team and a glorified scrimmage for the other.
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    Since when does any team play all of their starters the entire game in a “glorified scrimmage?” The Packers BEAT/BEAT UP da bears in week 3 (even though the score did not reflect it) and in week 17. If the play at Soldier Field in the NFCCG, it will be great to do the celebrate our 13th title at mid-field on that butt-ugly C.

  18. philtration says: Jan 6, 2011 11:08 AM

    This is nothing new.
    PFT has been ripping the Bears and twisting their stories every chance they get since week one.
    Dozens of players from more than one team criticize the playing surface at Soldier Field for the last 3 or 4 years and nothing is made of it yet when Jay Cutler is asked about it and gives the very same response he is now whining and is not a team player.
    TMZ style drama.

    You would think that a site devoted to NFL football (most of the time) would have a better understanding of why the Bears would be preparing for a team that they have not faced this season instead of the two teams that they have already played.

    Guess every thread can’t be about Brett Favre’s tweets or Rex Ryan’s feets.

  19. rickah8888 says: Jan 6, 2011 11:12 AM

    Realistically, Philly should have been 7-9 or 8-8 this season. Between the Redskins stomping & the Miracle Part 2, this playoff game is like playing with house money!
    Win, Great! Lose, still a very good season with a very young team!

  20. pervyharvin says: Jan 6, 2011 11:24 AM

    I heard that after the Packer-Bears game that Cutler and Rodgers were seen holding hands at a Green Bay dive bar. Cutler never left on the plane. NFC North man love is in the air…

  21. shorttracknews says: Jan 6, 2011 11:41 AM

    Typical Mike, only reads the title of the story and then writes a whole article and spins it another way. The Bears have played Seattle and Philly already this year. They have played Green Bay twice but won’t play them until the NFC Championship game if it shakes out that way. Makes sense to prepare for a team you haven’t seen yet. You act like Lovie said the Eagles would lose to the Packers. I really don’t think teams in the playoffs need motivation but if anything wouldn’t that be motivation more to the Seahawks then Philly.

  22. Matt-NC says: Jan 6, 2011 11:48 AM

    pervyharvin says:
    Jan 6, 2011 11:24 AM
    I heard that after the Packer-Bears game that Cutler and Rodgers were seen holding hands at a Green Bay dive bar. Cutler never left on the plane. NFC North man love is in the air…

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    Let’s rank the NFCN Team QBs:

    1) Green Bay, Rodgers
    2) Bears, Cutler
    3) Lions, Stafford
    4) vikings…. do they have a QB?

  23. bleedgreen says: Jan 6, 2011 12:11 PM

    Eagles would have won that game were not for TWO sure touchdown passes simply dropped by Avant and Celek. They still lost, but the Bears didn’t beat them, they beat themselves.

  24. gallopingghost says: Jan 6, 2011 12:39 PM

    grennandgold4ever says:
    Since when does any team play all of their starters the entire game in a “glorified scrimmage?” The Packers BEAT/BEAT UP da bears in week 3 (even though the score did not reflect it) and in week 17. If the play at Soldier Field in the NFCCG, it will be great to do the celebrate our 13th title at mid-field on that butt-ugly C.

    1) glorified scrimmage is too much, but anyone who knows football can see how plain vanilla the Bears playcalls were last Sunday. in the end it doesn’t matter, because the players still won/lost on the field of play but the point he was trying to make is it wasn’t handled the same way a playoff matchup would’ve been. Key point 1: Forte ran the ball exceedingly well, then wasn’t left in to ground and pound to avoid unnecessary wear & tear. Key point 2: The Bears did not change their protection schemes one iota from how they played the Packers in week 3. Instead, they showed the same signs and adjusted on the fly to see how they would handle pass rushes specifically cooked up against them(they didn’t do too well, btw).

    2) in week 3 your O line was so scared of Peppers they contributed to a franchise high number of penalties. And you lost the game. The closest thing to a BEATing (which doesn’t need capitals) was when Briggs & Urlacher mauled James Jones to force the fumble and seal the victory.

    3) Say what you want but every knowledgable Packers fan is scared of playing the Bears again int he NFC championship.

  25. joe240 says: Jan 6, 2011 1:37 PM

    Sigh… much like last weeks article about Bears resting their players (which I commented as being misrepresentative), and much like all of the years I have read this site… PFT misrepresents another story that puts the Bears in a negative light.

    Whatever, PFT, whatever.

  26. shaggytoodle says: Jan 6, 2011 1:38 PM

    3) Say what you want but every knowledgable Packers fan is scared of playing the Bears again int he NFC championship.

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    I am not scared of playing anyone in the NFCCG, because that means we have a solid run going playing good football. Minus Seattle, its WIDE open.

    I am just curious as to why Lovie has it out for the Packers so bad risking injury to starters with 4 minutes left in the game even though they couldn’t improve thier seeding, is it out of respect or fear.

  27. joe240 says: Jan 6, 2011 1:39 PM

    I love comments from any fan base that talks about one sided victories (“beat up”) that were losses. Fan IS short for fanatic….

  28. phillyforlife says: Jan 6, 2011 2:09 PM

    Wow this site getting like the USSR say anything critical about the thin skined story stealing writers and they take it off or just dont post it now thats a sham

  29. 4dabears says: Jan 6, 2011 2:42 PM

    Total farce of a headline. Nice try

  30. zeussuperman says: Jan 6, 2011 4:08 PM

    east96st says: Jan 6, 2011 10:06 AM

    As others have pointed out, this article is nothing but a sham. However, you couldn’t blame the guy for looking at 44 years of failure and assuming the Eagles will fail once again.

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    Uh oh, somebody call the waaaaaahm-bulance! Looks like we have someone on East 96 st suffering a severe vaginal hemorrhage from the beatdown Philly administered to the Giants to effectively end their season.

    If the Birds can perform in the playoffs the way they did in the 8 minutes that destroyed the Giants 2010 season, they can win against any team.

  31. bigbear12 says: Jan 6, 2011 4:22 PM

    I am just curious as to why Lovie has it out for the Packers so bad risking injury to starters with 4 minutes left in the game even though they couldn’t improve thier seeding, is it out of respect or fear.
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    Respecting the rivalry.

  32. numberoneinthehoodg says: Jan 6, 2011 8:00 PM

    The Saints have some injury issues to deal with. They can potentially become one dimensional. Seattle can win this one at home although unlikely. Regardless, Bears win their first game.

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