Lovie Smith says the Bears matter

Updated: November 8, 2010, 2:56 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Some may look at the Chicago Bears' 5-3 record at the midway point of their season and see a squad that has lost three of its last five and is entrenched in mediocrity, but coach Lovie Smith has framed the first half in a more positive context.

As the Bears prepare to host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday while the North Division-leading Green Bay Packers are on a bye week, Smith is encouraged by the fact his team is in the mix.

"We're not sitting in first ...

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