Bears have to earn national respect

Embarrassment to Patriots on big stage deflates no-respect motivation

Updated: December 13, 2010, 11:17 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The lack-of-respect spigot of motivation froze up for the Chicago Bears in the icy winds at Soldier Field on Sunday, when the New England Patriots came to town, exposing the home team's flaws in a 36-7 pasting.

For a good portion of the season, the Bears clamored for respect on a national level.

Given the opportunity to earn it, the Bears proved they're not worthy.

"You've got to give me a name [when you say] a lot of guys [said the Bears don't receive ...

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