1. One series of plays Sunday served as a great example of the growth of Jimmy Smith. In the second quarter, the Bears had the ball inside the 10-yard line. On third down, Smith swatted the ball away from Marshall, but Smith was flagged for defensive holding, giving the Bears a new set of downs. In the past, Smith might have wilted in the ensuing moments, but he stood tall as the Bears continued to come after him. On first down, Smith broke up a slant pass intended for Marshall, one of the NFL's most physical receivers. Bears quarterback Josh McCown went in another direction on second down, but he came back to Marshall on third down. Smith rose to the occasion again, jostling with Marshall for a jump ball and knocking it down. It is too early to call Smith a shutdown corner, but he has done an admirable job against some pretty good receivers in recent weeks and is finally playing like a former first-round pick should.