Bears won't treat week 17 like a preseason game

Chicago Sun Times - [Full Article]

It seems pretty clear that the Bears aren't going to take a preseason approach Sunday in the season finale against the Green Bay Packers. Bears coach Lovie Smith, running back Matt Forte and safety Chris Harris all offered reasons why the game will matter, beyond the obvious fact that it's against the team's top rival.

So even if the Minnesota Vikings upset the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, wrapping up at least the No. 2 seed in the NFC for the Bears, Chicago's football team will still have plenty to play for.

Smith talked about the chance to wrap up a perfect season within the NFC North. Harris talked about the chance to knock the always dangerous Packers -- who can most easily secure a spot by winning Sunday -- out of the postseason. And Forte talked about wanting to get the 22 rushing yards he needs to get to 1,000.

"There's a lot of things for us to play for," Smith said. "We realize some things could happen and we could have the bye before then. We're not thinking that way.

"We feel like we have to beat the Packers, to accomplish our regular season goals, and that's what we're going to go to work to do."

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