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To have a great season, Chicago can't rely solely on defense

Originally Published: September 1, 2009
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

The last thing any football team, particularly the local outfit, wants to admit is that it's going to have to score a lot of points to win.

Championship teams still revolve around their defense, regardless of their quarterback's arm. Ask them about that in New Orleans.

Bears coach Lovie Smith believes in any given year that if his defense can hold opponents to 17 or fewer points and force three turnovers, the Bears will prevail. But his offense might have to do a lot better than ...

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