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Friday, December 3, 2010
BBAO: Bears heard Burleson

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson said earlier this week that his team will win in Sunday's matchup against the Chicago Bears. Across Lake Michigan, Bears linebacker Lance Briggs sent Burleson an unsolicited thanks Thursday.
Briggs, via Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com: "Deep down, every player, I would think you would guarantee a win every week you go into it. It's good. It should fire them up. I know it definitely fires us up. We've got it pinned up everywhere in our meeting rooms. I've been tricked into guaranteeing a win a long time ago. I won't be tricked again. We got beat like 45-12 or something like that. I'm not going to guarantee more wins."

The Bears were the last NFC North team to lose to the Lions, on Oct. 28, 2007. Since then, the Lions have lost 18 consecutive division games. Something has got to give sometime. Will it be this weekend? Well, er, uh....

Continuing around the division on this fine Friday morning: