The 95-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Chicago free safety Mike Brown last week set a club record for longest in the modern era. The overall club record of 98 yards is held by George Halas, in 1923. Halas, who founded the Bears, also played for the team for nine seasons. . . .
There are two chess boards in the Green Bay locker room for players to use during down time. A couple of those players likened their matchup with Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning, who often audibles at the line of scrimmage, to a chess game.
Linebacker Nick Bennett, who will make most of the defensive calls, is an avid chess player.
"The main thing as a defense is, we don't want to show our looks too early -- kind of play games with him," starting safety Darren Sharper said. "There's a lot of reverse psychology going on out there. . . . Hopefully at the end of the day we can say, 'Checkmate.' " . . .
The Tampa Bay-Oakland game is the first regular season rematch of a Super Bowl since 2000, and the 34th rematch overall. (You do remember that Tampa Bay and Oakland played in the Super Bowl following the 2002 season, right?)
Tampa Bay won Super Bowl XXXVII, 48-21. The team that won the Super Bowl has won the last five rematches, dating from 1994. . . .
Miami and Pittsburgh enter their game as two of the top three winningest teams in the AFC since 1970. Miami has a league-high 344 wins in that span; the Steelers are third (308). The Raiders are second (309).