Every so often a game brings together not just elite players but elite players for two teams in exactly opposing positions, with the prospect of going against each other virtually every snap.
Rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hand) remained out of practice for the start of the fourth week in a row and remains an unlikely for Sunday and the Houston Texans.
The 51-20 win at Tennessee kept the Bears (7-1) a game behind Atlanta for the best record in the NFC.
NASHVILLE Julius Peppers is never given to overstatement or hyperbole.
Not to be outdone, cornerback Charles Tillman was named NFC defensive player of the month for October, following running mate Tim Jennings receiving that honor for September.