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Bears go according to plan

Everyone else might be surprised they're 8-3, but not Lovie and Co.

Updated: November 30, 2010, 9:22 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- There is a reason the 8-3 Bears have been so difficult to get a handle on this season.

Actually, there are many reasons.

The preseason: Lovie Smith tried to tell us the Bears were going to be a good team, but there was every reason to doubt his sincerity when his first reason was the momentum the Bears had accumulated by defeating Minnesota and Detroit to finish the previous season at 7-9.

This was a team with a new offensive coordinator, defensive ...

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