"Yeah, the Rams are our biggest game every year," Garcia says.
"They're fun to watch on offense, and their defense is underrated.
It's one of those big-time challenges that makes life in this
league something special."
"The rivalry with the Bears has been around since the dawn of time,
but now with both teams again having so much young talent at the
same time, it's back and as strong as ever," says Packers running
back Ahman Green. "The Bears' defense has really come along nicely,
especially guys like [Brian] Urlacher and Mike Brown, whom I played
with at Nebraska. Add the fact that our home states border one
another, and you've got everything you need for a fun pair of games
Urlacher has quickly become the Bears' leader as a hard-hitting,
fast-moving middle linebacker made from the same mold as Butkus and
Singletary. With Urlacher smashing opponents from sideline to
sideline and Packers quarterback Brett Favre at his hard-nosed
best, the Bears and Packers are definitely back where they
"I'm thrilled that the Bears are this good, because this rivalry is
what the NFL is all about," Favre says. "I can't wait to come down
the tunnel for games like this."
"There's usually a lot of talk associated with the game before,
during, and after," says Steelers head coach Bill Cowher. "But
there's also a ton of respect between these two teams. It's going
to be a hard-hitting contest every time. It's a game that comes
down to the wire regardless of the circumstances."
Last season, the circumstance was the AFC Central crown, which
Kordell Stewart and his Steelers took back from the Ravens thanks
to a huge victory in Baltimore.
"I love playing those guys," Stewart says. "Their defense is
obviously awesome and their guys love to talk trash. It's a great
challenge and feels extra satisfying when you win a big one against