Order has been restored to the NFC Central, at least for the time being. After the second week of the season, the black-and-blue division is exactly that. The Chicago Bears are on top and everyone else already is chasing them.

"What's the key?" Chicago Coach Mike Ditka said after the Bears beat the Green Bay Packers, 31-13, at Lambeau Field on Sunday. "The pressure, better coverage. They go hand in hand. We know our limitations, yet we are playing aggressively. That's about it in a nutshell."

The Bears, playing like the team that led the NFL in defense in 1984-86, manhandled the Packers' offensive line and kept quarterback Anthony Dilweg on his back most of the afternoon. Four Bears sacked Dilweg a total of six times, forcing him to fumble three times, losing two.

"These things kind of build," said defensive end Trace Armstrong, who blew past tackle Tony Mandarich for two of the sacks. "You get out there and begin to feel like you can't do anything wrong. You know they have to pass and it kind of becomes like home-run derby. You're just teeing off."

The Bears are the only undefeated team in their division, having beaten Seattle and Green Bay. They have allowed just 402 total yards. Last season, when Chicago lost twice to Green Bay and finished 6-10, its defense was ranked 25th.

"They are playing hard, they're trying," Ditka said. "I wouldn't sell the house yet, but we're trying to keep it in line. It's only the second game, so I wouldn't get too excited about it. We have been in this position before." (The Bears began last season 4-0 before collapsing.) "This week will be interesting for us. We come home {to play the 1-1 Minnesota Vikings} and we would like to play a good game in front of our people."

The Packers (1-1) missed a great opportunity to play that good game in front of an eager home crowd.

"We fumbled the game away is what we did," said Coach Lindy Infante. "You don't go out there against virtually anybody in this league and turn the ball over five times in 11 possessions and expect to win."

Infante still isn't saying whether Don Majkowski or Dilweg will be his starting quarterback against Kansas City Sunday. But Majkowski should consider himself fortunate that he didn't have to play against the ferocious Bears front four of Armstrong, William Perry, Dan Hampton (back after last year's knee injury) and Richard Dent. When Majkowski came in and completed eight of 12 passes before throwing an interception in the end zone, they were sitting on the bench.

"They're all healthy and wealthy and back and all that kind of good stuff," Infante said of the Chicago defensive starters. "They play well when you get in situations where you have to throw the football."

The Packers' problem is along the line, where contract problems have taken their toll. Majkowski missed 45 days during his celebrated holdout, but it may be equally significant that guards Ron Hallstrom and Rich Moran, who each missed a month in contract squabbles, still have not won their starting jobs back.

Around the league, the fast starts of the Bears, Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Raiders have turned heads -- and turned back the clock. The Dolphins hadn't been 2-0 since 1984, the Raiders since 1987.

Coach Don Shula gained his 200th victory with Miami's 30-7 victory over Buffalo, making him the fourth coach in history to win 200 -- George Halas, Tom Landry and Curly Lambeau are the others.

"That tells you I'm old," Shula said. "I realize 200 will be important some day, but right now what I feel good about is this team is 2-0."

The Dolphins play at the New York Giants (2-0) Sunday. If the Dolphins win, Shula would have reason to be ecstatic.

The Raiders apparently are interested in disgruntled New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert, but their own quarterback, former Washington Redskin Jay Schroeder, is playing quite well. He completed 10 of 17 passes for a Raider-like 236 yards and led them to a 17-13 win at Seattle.

"You see the determination in our eyes," said Raiders defensive tackle Bob Golic. "A year ago you'd look around and see blank stares."

Speaking of teams that are 2-0, the San Francisco 49ers are too. It's hardly a surprise. But consider this: The last three times the 49ers opened the season 2-0, they went on to win the Super Bowl.

The most watched score might have been that of the Atlanta-Detroit game. Falcons Coach Jerry Glanville lost for the first time in his new job, 21-14. It probably wasn't coincidence that a late-hit penalty by Aundray Bruce on Lions quarterback Bob Gagliano enabled Detroit to run out the clock. Glanville's teams are known for garnering more than their share of penalities.

"We have rules," Glanville said. "We're never allowed to take a penalty on third-down situations or in the last two minutes."

Bruce obviously broke the rule, and instead of punting, the Lions had a first down.

The strangest statistic is that the Steelers have yet to score a touchdown on offense under new offensive coordinator Joe Walton. Pittsburgh's two touchdowns in its 20-9 victory over Houston came on an interception return by David Johnson and a punt return by Rod Woodson.

"It wasn't just one person and that's a problem," said Coach Chuck Noll. "If it's one person, it's easier to correct. . . . It went around with everyone."