|The Bears are 6-2 coming off a Monday night game under coach Lovie Smith. (US Presswire)|
The Bears must overcome the historic problem of playing a road game after a Monday night contest. Teams that go on the road over the years have a losing record after playing on Monday night.
But the Bears have been trend-buckers under coach Lovie Smith, with a 6-2 record after a Monday night game.
The lack of preparation time could be the problem for most teams, but Smith said it all comes down to playing your best.
"I think if you're a good football team you can't let down," Smith said. "It's been talked about for many years, especially teams that come off of Monday Night Football going on the road. I know what the statistics say, but if you're a veteran team that takes care of business, you'll play the same way every time you play -- I'm talking about what you're capable of playing.
"We raised the bar last week and that's how we've got to play, simple as that."
The other problem could be more physical than mental. The temperature Sunday in Jacksonville is supposed to be in the high 80s. The Bears haven't had to endure that type of heat since training camp.
Smith, sporting a stocking cap because the temperature at Lake Forest was about 50-degrees on a windy day, said he doubted the heat would be a problem.
"I think we're pretty excited about going down there, as you can see with this stocking cap on," Smith said. "Most guys don't like playing in cold weather, it's simple as that. For us, wherever we play they're going to be playing under the same conditions, so we'll be OK."
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