Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he doesn't pay attention to point spreads, but coach Lovie Smith said Monday night that being an eight-point underdog on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles did not sit well with his team.
"We're a good football team," Smith said after his team's 30-24 victory. "Just not getting a whole lot of respect.
"When you go on the road ... and you're ... the Chicago Bears shouldn't be eight-point underdogs when we come and play a team. And the guys took notice of that."
The no-respect motive has been played repeatedly by the Bears under Smith, and often successfully. But Cutler wasn't playing along.
"I don't get involved in the spread or what the media says," Cutler said. "We knew they're a good football team. They're well-coached and have really good players."