The Bears remained mostly upbeat despite a 25-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
That's because two of the team's three units -- defense and special teams -- played well in front of a hostile crowd at the O.Co Coliseum. However, three interceptions by Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie proved to be too much to overcome.
"We just have to help out our defense," Bears running back Matt Forte said before the team headed home to Chicago. "They are playing lights out every week. If we help them out, we win some of these games and it won't be so close."
Bears punt returner Devin Hester marveled at an 80-yard punt by Raiders punter Shane Lechler, which set a franchise record Sunday.
"First time in history I've seen somebody kick an 80-yard punt that was in the air -- not just a good roll where somebody might kick a ball 50 yards and roll a good 30," Hester said. "It seemed like the whole 80 yards were in the air. I thought I was back pretty good. I was about 50, 55 yards deep. And he still boomed it over my head."
The Bears (7-4) will return to practice Wednesday to prepare for the Kansas City Chiefs (4-7).