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Bears hoping to avoid NFL version of 'altitude sickness'

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Bears hoping to avoid NFL version of 'altitude sickness'

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.

QB Power Rankings: Brady and Rodgers stay on-brand

QB Power Rankings: Brady and Rodgers stay on-brand

A game-winning drive against the 5-0 Chiefs on Sunday night. A game-winning, coach's-job-saving drive against the 49ers on Monday night. 

The more things change, the more things stay the same. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers continue to crush souls. Blake Bortles continues to inspire memes. New York's love-hate relationship with Eli Manning trudges on. 

How did your team's QB fare on this week's version of QB Power Rankings? 

You can find out right here. 

Bill Belichick scoffs at Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison

Bill Belichick scoffs at Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison

All of the good graces Bill Belichick may have won on Tuesday afternoon -- when he compared the Bears' offense to Kansas City's -- are officially gone. 

Today, when talking to reporters, a Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison came up. Belichick, who coached LT as the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator in the 1980s, was NOT having it: 

"Wait a minute, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor now. I’m not putting anybody in (LT’s) class. Put everybody down below that. With a lot of respect to a lot of good players, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor."

A bit harsh, Bill. 

For what it's worth, here's Khalil Mack's 2018 projection, assuming his latest ankle injury doesn't make him miss time: 

20 sacks, four interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries

That's .5 sacks less and four INTS, 16 FFs and 4 recoveries more than LT had in his 1986 MVP season. And yeah, maybe "they didn't record tackles/fumbles in 1986" and "16 forced fumbles would not only blow the current record (10) out of the water but is just plain unrealistic" but whatever, we're just sayin'. 

UPDATE: shocker, LT agrees: