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Bears' defense worried about its problems, not offense's

If Chicago Bears defenders have grown frustrated with the offense's inability to score, they're doing a good job of hiding it.

"Sometimes it gets tough, but as a defense, you're out there to continue to compete and get the ball out and do our job," strong safety Craig Steltz said. "And a lot of times we just continue to stay focused, not look up at the scoreboard, not worry about what's happening on offense and just worry about what's happening on defense and do our part."

That became harder last week when an offense that managed four touchdowns in four weeks under quarterback Caleb Hanie had five turnovers during a 38-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

"We've been on the field more than we would like to the last four, five weeks," linebacker Brian Urlacher admitted.

That doesn't bode well heading into Sunday's game against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

Rather than point fingers at their offense, though, defensive players believe they could be creating more turnovers. In the last four games, Chicago's defense produced a turnover per contest. In the previous four, it forced 17.

"Football is still fun, but it has been hard to make plays for us for some reason," Urlacher said. "We're playing small ball with these teams. We haven't given up a lot of points until the last week. We just fell apart in the second half. We have been playing decent for the most part. We just need to make some more plays."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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