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Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - October 25

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Peanut Tillman doesn't want to hear about accomplishments or record books until his career is over. The way he's playing now- that doesn't look like we'll be chatting about it anytime soon. Tillman is the first defensive player to be named NFC player of the week in back to back games. Most recently without recording an interception or recovering a fumble. Did I mention he's part of the "over the hill" D? At 31, Tillman has gotten better on the field, but more importantly- he's smarter. "My technique has gotten better, I think I've gotten a lot smarter, I understand the game better." He's not the only one. The defense is ranked 6th in the league, and is the only D that has yet to give up 100 points this season. (78 through 6 games).

Brian Urlacher says the key has been the Bears are letting their opponent make the mistakes then rushing to the ball. Peanut re-iterated " Doing the ordinary things better than everybody else." Can't you see Rod Marinelli smiling?

But where was this technique savvy defense last season when Carolina torched the Bears for 543 yards of offense. 374 yards from then rookie Cam Newton. Its a wonder the Bears won the game, and they know that. But here come the Panthers again. Desperate for a win at 1-5, coached by former Bear Ron Rivera who would love nothing more than to come to Soldier Field and pull an unlikely upset. I don't see it happening, but its reason to not overlook Carolina. And the Bears won't. The road for Chicago gets tougher after Carolina, Tennessee, then Houston on Sunday night who many call the best team in the league. So cliche though it clearly is- one game at a time.

And you certainly can not worry about the defense. They not only know and understand the scheme, they have bought in 110%. They understand where to be and when to be there. And they're fresh. Urlacher says the Bears offense doesn't get enough credit for that- keeping the defense off the field. They haven't necessarily put up a ton of points, but the games haven't been super close since the loss to Green Bay. Which means everyone is full go when called upon. Carolina- you've been warned.

INJURY: Jay Cutler was a full participant in practice today- our camera's caught a near 70 yard pass without hesitation so to my un-official eye, I'd say believe him- he's fine. TE Brody Eldridge did not participate because he's sick and Alshon Jeffry continues to recover from his hand injury.

JUST BECAUSE: Every day at Halas we get about 45 minutes of open locker room time. Most players do their best to avoid the LR and consequently us until the moment we are asked to leave- promptly at 1PM. Today, at

12:59 Lance Briggs wandered in and started blasting "Closing Time" by Green Day as we all exited...chuckling.

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