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Bears' Charles Tillman: It's about us, not the opponent

2013-11-03T17:30:00Z 2013-11-04T14:01:10Z Bears' Charles Tillman: It's about us, not the opponentAl Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com, (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
November 03, 2013 5:30 pm  • 

It's not whether or not Green Bay will beat Chicago on "Monday Night Football," but by how much?

The Packers (5-2) have won six straight over the Bears and eight of the last nine meetings.

While both NFC North rivals are short-handed due to injuries, Green Bay has a healthy Aaron Rodgers at quarterback and more depth.

Losers in three of their last four games, the Bears have allowed 21 points or more in all seven -- a franchise record.

"I'm not used to giving up this many points," Bears veteran cornerback Charles Tillman said. "This is foreign to me, and I definitely don't like it. It leaves a sour taste in your mouth.

"But I think the bye week came at a perfect time because it gave our coaches and players an opportunity to sit back and evaluate us. It's not about the opponent. It's about us. What can I do better to help this team win?"

Tonight is the Bears' first game in 15 days.

Defensive tackle Corey Wootton has been criticized in the media for not being an impact player at that position -- and he's accepted it.

"We haven't been playing the way we know we're capable of, just going off what we've done so far," said the former Northwestern star. "We have to change the perception and it starts (tonight).

"When you're the underdog, no one expects you to be on top, to go in there and win."

Wootton said the critics have a right to sound off.

"That's the way it is in this league when you're not winning," he said. "Fans pay a lot of money to go to the games, so we can understand that.

"Bottom line, we just have to be better."

Defensively, that will be difficult against Rodgers, who has thrown for 2,191 yards, 15 touchdowns and been intercepted only four times.

"We've put more on the plate of our quarterback and he's handled it very well," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "He's paid to throw touchdowns."

Bears coach Marc Trestman said his team couldn't wait to board the bus.

"The guys worked very hard this week. They practiced to win," Trestman said Saturday. "They'll go out (tonight) and try to finish it off.

"But even more than that, it's the buzz of being able to play again. The rest was good. When we came back, it didn't look like we had been away."

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