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Bears' 2017 schedule by the numbers

Posted Apr 20, 2017

Take a unique look at the Bears' 2017 regular-season schedule by the numbers, with items about streaks, stretches, trends and other interesting nuggets.

Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd

Take a unique look at the Bears' 2017 regular-season schedule by the numbers, with items about streaks, stretches, trends and other interesting nuggets:

0:

Number of Sunday Night Football games on this year's schedule for the Bears, who have played at least one SNF contest each of the past 17 years. The Bears have two prime-time games this year, one on Thursday Night Football (Sept. 28 at Green Bay) and one on Monday Night Football (Oct. 9 against Minnesota at Soldier Field).

3:

Times the Bears, prior to this year, have opened the season against the Falcons. The Bears lost to Atlanta 37-21 in 1972 and 20-17 in 1983 before beating the Falcons 30-12 in 2011. As is the case with this year's opener, all three of those games were played in Chicago.

3:

Number of consecutive years the Bears will have hosted the 49ers the first week of December. The Bears lost to San Francisco 26-20 in overtime Dec. 6, 2015 and beat the 49ers 26-6 last Dec. 4. This year's game is scheduled for Dec. 3.

4:

Consecutive games to start the season against teams that had winning records last year. The stretch includes contests against three defending division winners in the Falcons (11-5), Steelers (11-5) and Packers (10-6) that combined to post a 32-16 record in 2016.

5:

Road games the Bears will play in outdoor stadiums (in Tampa, Green Bay, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Cincinnati). Three away games will be played in domes (Detroit, Minnesota and New Orleans).

8:

Years since the Bears played the Bengals and Ravens on the road and the Steelers and Browns at home. In 2009, the Bears lost in Cincinnati 45-10 and in Baltimore 31-7 while beating Pittsburgh 17-14 and Cleveland 30-6 at Soldier Field.

10:

Number of wins, in 11 games, the Bears have against the Steelers in Chicago. Their only loss came on Nov. 5, 1995 when Pittsburgh won 37-34 in overtime at Soldier Field.

12:

Number of consecutive seasons the Bears will have played the Packers in a prime-time game. Since 2006, the teams have met six times on Sunday Night Football, three times on Monday Night Football and twice on Thursday Night Football.

13:

Number of Bears games that are scheduled to begin at noon on Sunday this season. The only exceptions are their two prime-time contests and a Saturday contest Dec. 16 that begins at 3:30 p.m. against the Lions in Detroit.

16:

Years since the Bears last opened a season against a team that had played in the previous Super Bowl. The last time it occurred was in 2001 when they lost to the Ravens, who had defeated the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.

18:

Number of wins the Bears have recorded in 23 season-openers at home since 1984. They were 18-3 but have lost two straight, 23-20 in overtime to the Bills in 2014 and 31-23 to the Packers in 2015.

54:

Number of opening-day victories by the Bears, the most by any NFL team.