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Bears back on practice field prepping for Steelers

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Four days after recording their second straight comeback win at Soldier Field, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to prepare for Sunday night's game in Pittsburgh.

Four days after recording their second straight comeback win at Soldier Field, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to prepare for Sunday night's road game against the Steelers.

The contest at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh will be played in primetime on NBC's Sunday Night Football, the first of four nationally-televised night games for the Bears this season.

Jay Cutler passed for 290 yards and three TDs last Sunday against the Vikings.
With fourth-quarter comeback victories over the Bengals and Vikings, the Bears are 2-0 for the first time since 2010 when they reached the NFC Championship Game and the 17th time since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger. The Bears have made the playoffs 10 of the last 12 times they've started 2-0.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is only the second time the Bears have won each of their first two games of a season after trailing in the fourth quarter. The 1971 team also accomplished the feat, rallying from deficits of 12 points against the Steelers and 14 points versus the Vikings.

Marc Trestman has joined Hall of Famer George Halas and Neill Armstrong as the only head coaches in Bears history to win their first two games. Halas won his first five en route to a 10-1-2 season in 1920, while Armstrong went 3-0 before finishing 7-9 in 1978.

The Steelers are 0-2 for the first time since 2002. They've lost to the Titans in Pittsburgh 16-9 and the Bengals in Cincinnati 20-10.

The Bears lead the all-time series 20-7-1. Chicago won the first 13 games between the two teams from 1934-49, the franchise's longest winning streak against any opponent.

The Bears won the last meeting against the Steelers 17-14 on Sept. 20, 2009 at Soldier Field. Chicago rallied from a 14-7 fourth-quarter deficit as Jay Cutler threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Knox with 6:21 to play and Robbie Gould kicked a 44-yard field goal with :15 remaining.

The win was Cutler's first as a member of the Bears. He completed 27 of 38 passes for 236 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 104.7 passer rating. On the Bears' final two scoring drives, Cutler connected on 9 of 10 passes for 92 yards with one TD and a 138.3 passer rating.

In two career games versus the Steelers, Cutler has completed 49 of 67 passes for 484 yards with five touchdowns, two interceptions and a 105.6 passer rating. In four contests against Pittsburgh, Brandon Marshall has caught 22 passes for 246 yards. Marshall's 133 receptions since joining the Bears last season are the most by any NFL player during that span.

In total yards, the Bears offense ranks 14th in the NFL (14th rushing and 17th passing), while the Steelers defense ranks 10th (25th against the run and ninth versus the pass). The Bears defense is 17th overall (14th against the run and 17th versus the pass, while the Steelers offense is 31st (31st rushing and 26th passing).

ChicagoBears.com will provide all the latest Bears news throughout the week from Halas Hall. Trestman is scheduled to address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis will be available Wednesday, while Cutler and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer will speak Thursday.

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