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Nagy: Great win, but 'we're on to Detroit'


The Bears didn't spend much time savoring their huge win over the Vikings Sunday night, not with their next game rapidly approaching Thursday afternoon in Detroit.

It's such a quick turnaround that coach Matt Nagy and his staff won't even watch tape of the Vikings game before they step on the field again on Thanksgiving Day.

"Have not gone back and watched tape, so we're on to Detroit," Nagy said Monday. "What I saw last night was what I saw. We're moving on here to Detroit."

Less than 24 hours after winning Sunday night's first-place showdown with the Vikings, Bears players gathered at Halas Hall for a team meeting Monday, which is typically their day off during a normal work week.

"We've got to take care of them right now," Nagy said. "That's the No. 1 thing is to make sure these guys are taken care of, see where they're at physically and then mentally, they'll be good. But really just send home the message of 'here we go.'

"It's right back at it. Enjoyed it last night. It was fun. It was a great win. Proud of the guys. Heck of a team we played against; great coaches, great players. But just like that it's on to the next one."

Nagy plans to watch tape of the Vikings game this coming weekend.

"I've been part of these before where you have these short weeks," he said. "You don't have enough hours in the day. You're here early in the morning, and that's in the past. We'll have some time after the Detroit game. We'll have a little mini-bye, so that's where you catch up on it."

Nagy and his coaching staff could watch tape of the Vikings game this week—perhaps if they opted go to without sleep. But being rested and sharp is more advantageous.

"What I think is more important is to be fresh as coaches and try to catch up on some sleep when you can," Nagy said. "We want to work smarter, not harder. The same thing with the players. The players, we're going to take care of. I want to make sure our coaches are taken care of too." 

The Lions host a Thanksgiving game every year, but Nagy doesn't think that gives Detroit an advantage Thursday.

"That's a new [coaching] staff and there's some new players there, so I think it changes every year," Nagy said. "It's going to be new for us. We haven't been through this before. I don't think there's many coaches or players that have ever been through a Sunday night game to a day game on Thursday. But that's what it is.

"We'll just handle what we can handle, prepare as we prepare. They're on a short week, too. To me, there's no advantage or disadvantage either way."