Its always nice to have a friend in high places. For the Bears it would be nice if the friend was high places.

Denvers mile-high locale can be a problem, whether teams want to admit it or not.

Denver is a tough place to play, said linebacker Lance Briggs. With the elevation, were going to be breathing hard the first couple quarters because of the elevation.

Brian Urlacher knows about playing at altitudes from his time at New Mexico. As far as Denver, I know the altitude is high, said Urlacher. What Ive noticed in playing there is at the very beginning of the game it gets you a little bit and you kind of adjust as the game goes on. I dont think its supposed to be too cold so we should be OK.

The Broncos have the NFLs best home record since 1975. Maybe the altitude does matter. In any case, the Bears dont care.

What altitude? coach Lovie Smith deadpanned. It's no factor for us. Conditioning isn't a big thing with us. great shape, ready to go. That won't be a factor.