Capsules of 2018 Bears opponents

Posted Apr 19, 2018

With the NFL regular-season schedule being released Thursday night, senior writer Larry Mayer takes a capsule look at the Bears’ 13 opponents.


Lions Helmet

Detroit Lions (9-7 in 2017)
Series: Bears lead 97-74-5 but have lost nine of last 10.
Last meeting: Bears lost 20-10 on Dec. 16, 2017 at Ford Field. Mitchell Trubisky passed for a career-high 314 yards and one touchdown, but he also threw three interceptions for the first time as a pro. The Bears rushed for just 43 yards on 15 carries and committed 13 penalties for 97 yards, including a holding penalty that erased Tarik Cohen's 90-yard kickoff return.

Packers Helmet

Green Bay Packers (7-9)
Series: Bears trail 96-94-2 and have lost 14 of last 16.
Last meeting: Bears lost 23-16 on Nov. 12, 2017 at Soldier Field. The Bears offense compiled 323 yards but mustered only one touchdown, while the defense allowed the untested Brett Hundley—who started at quarterback in place of the injured Aaron Rodgers—to complete 18 of 25 passes for 212 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a 110.8 passer rating.

Vikings Helmet

Minnesota Vikings (13-3)
Series: Bears trail 60-52-2 and have lost six of last seven.
Last meeting: Bears lost 23-10 on Dec. 31, 2007 at US Bank Stadium. In the final game under coach John Fox, the Bears offense failed to score a touchdown, rushed for 30 yards on 15 carries and converted just 1-of-12 third-down opportunities. The Bears committed 10 penalties for 116 yards and scored their only touchdown on Bryce Callahan's 59-yard punt return.


Rams Helmet

Los Angeles Rams (11-5)
Series: Bears lead 53-36-3 and have won five of last six.
Last meeting: Bears won 37-13 on Nov. 15, 2015 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Tight end Zach Miller turned a short pass into an 87-yard touchdown and running back Jeremy Langford transformed a screen pass into an 83-yard TD, both from Jay Cutler. Subbing for the injured Matt Forte, Langford rushed for 73 yards and 1 TD on 20 carries and caught seven passes for 109 yards.

Patriots Helmet

New England Patriots (13-3)
Series: Bears trail 9-4 and have lost four straight and seven of eight since Super Bowl XX.
Last meeting: Bears lost 51-23 on Oct. 26, 2014 at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots scored five touchdowns and one field goal on their first six possessions and added a defensive TD. Tom Brady completed 30 of 35 passes for 354 yards with five TDs and a 148.4 passer rating. Rob Gronkowski had nine catches for 149 yards and three TDs before exiting in the third quarter with dehydration.

Jets Helmet

New York Jets (5-11)
Series: Bears lead 8-3 and have won four straight.
Last meeting: Bears won 27-19 on Sept. 22, 2014 at MetLife Stadium. Jay Cutler passed for 225 yards and two touchdowns, and Ryan Mundy intercepted a Geno Smith screen pass intended for Chris Johnson and returned it 45 yards for a TD. The Bears defense allowed 414 total yards, but permitted the Jets to score only one touchdown on six red-zone possessions.

Seahawks Helmet

Seattle Seahawks (9-7)
Series: Bears trail 11-6 and have lost three straight.
Last meeting: Bears lost 26-0 on Sept. 27, 2015 at Qwest Field. With Jimmy Clausen starting at quarterback in place of the injured Jay Cutler, the Bears mustered only 146 yards and seven first downs, punting on all 10 of their possessions in the game. They crossed the 50 just once, reaching the Seattle 45 in the second quarter. Clausen completed 9 of 17 passes for 63 yards.

Buccaneers Helmet

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11)
Series: Bears lead 38-20 and have won three of last five.
Last meeting: Bears lost 29-7 on Sept. 17, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium. The Bears opened the game by committing four straight turnovers, enabling the Buccaneers to race to a 23-0 second-quarter lead. Quarterback Mike Glennon accounted for three of the turnovers with two interceptions—one of which was returned for a touchdown—and a fumble.


Cardinals Helmet

Arizona Cardinals (8-8)
Series: Bears lead 58-28-6 and have won four of last six.
Last meeting: Bears lost 48-23 on Sept. 20, 2015 at Soldier Field. The Bears allowed touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams and lost quarterback Jay Cutler to a hamstring injury he sustained on Tony Jefferson's 26-yard interception return TD. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer passed for four touchdowns, three to star receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Bills Helmet

Buffalo Bills (9-7)
Series: Bears lead 7-5 and have won two of last three.
Last meeting: Bears lost 23-20 in overtime on Sept. 7, 2014 at Soldier Field. The Bears compiled 427 total yards and 29 first downs, but they committed three turnovers on two Jay Cutler interceptions and a Brandon Marshall fumble that the Bills converted into 13 points. Fred Jackson's 38-yard run set up Dan Carpenter's game-winning 27-yard field goal in overtime.

Dolphins Helmet

Miami Dolphins (6-10)
Series: Bears trail 8-4 and have lost three of last four.
Last meeting: Bears lost 27-14 on Oct. 19, 2014 at Soldier Field. The Bears mustered just 54 yards and two first downs in the first half, falling behind 14-0. They also lost the turnover battle 3-0, giving the Dolphins the ball at the Chicago 23, 16 and 35. Ryan Tannehill passed for 277 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 48 yards, including a 30-yarder that set up a touchdown.

Giants Helmet

New York Giants (3-13)
Series: Bears lead 33-23-2 but have lost three of last four.
Last meeting: Bears lost 22-16 on Nov. 20, 2016 at MetLife Stadium. The Bears produced two touchdowns and a field goal on their first three possessions to take a 16-6 lead, but they were outscored 16-0 over the game's final 33 minutes. The Bears rushed for 88 yards on 17 carries in the first half, but were limited to five yards on eight attempts in the second half.

49ers Helmet

San Francisco 49ers (6-10)
Series: Bears trail 34-31-1 and have lost four of last six.
Last meeting: Bears lost 15-14 on Dec. 3, 2017 at Soldier Field. Former Bears kicker Robbie Gould returned to haunt his old team by booting five field goals without a miss, capped by a game-winning 24-yarder with :01 remaining. The Bears kept the 49ers out of the end zone, but allowed them to march 60, 66, 58, 70 and 86 yards to set up Gould's field goals.