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Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - November 8

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"The star of our defense is our defense." It's arguably the one thing we've heard this season more often than "Peanut Tillman forced a fumble." It's a mantra the Bears D buys in to, they sincerely don't care who makes the plays or who gets the credit. Its about the defense doing their job, working hard and making plays. Perhaps because so many of them have been together for so long. "I don't know how it is anywhere else, but that's how it is here and we like it this way", Brian Urlacher pointed out. "Maybe it is because we've been together so long and we're so close, but we don't really care who makes the plays."

It's been that way for a long time. We just assume someone's going to have a big ego when the plays are consistently as big as they've been.

And this season they have been huge! "Taking the ball away and creating turnovers is a part of our character, the character that Lovie instilled when he got here. It's about doing our job, doing our share," according to Briggs. Doing their "share" against the Texans is obviously a tough test. But they all are. The reason, well one of the reasons, the Bears Defense has passed with honors through the first half of the season is because of Rod Marinelli. He won't allow his team to think too much of themselves or to believe they have arrived. "Its not hard, we're not that good. We do a lot of good things, but we want to correct our mistakes." Marinelli can be credited for this mentality. "He'd make you want to run through that wall, " Urlacher said. " He makes you believe you can do stuff you think you can't. It's fun playing for him and you want to make plays."

The Bears will need more than a few against Houston- a team that has turned the ball over just 6 times this season (5 interceptions, 1 fumble). Running back Arian Foster is one of the top backs in the league. Urlacher says he's second only to Matt Forte. Maybe tied for second with Adrian Peterson. But the scheme that Houston runs is so good. Its not just the passing game, or the running game, its the combination that presents the biggest challenge for the Bears D. "These men rise to challenges," according to Marinelli. Briggs echoed saying, "

we haven't played our signature game yet, as a team. Its still coming, and the good thing is it's still coming and we're 7-1."

PRE-MATURE CELEBRATING: Special Teams coach Dave Toub said Devin Hester would have scored on his 44 yard punt return Sunday if not for "pre-mature celebrating" by Geno Hayes. No question Hayes had to hear about that and I'm guessing it won't happen again. Either way, Hester is close, as always, to taking one in. Could be the difference in a game like Sunday.

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