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10 fun facts about Bears-Raiders matchup

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The Bears will visit the Raiders Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Here are 10 nuggets about the matchup and the all-time series between the teams:

(1) The Bears and Raiders will face each other in a different city for the fourth straight game, with previous meetings in Oakland (2011), Chicago (2015) and London (2019).

(2) Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent set a Bears single game record that still stands with 4.5 sacks in a 17-6 win over the Raiders Nov. 4, 1984 at Soldier Field. Remarkably, Dent matched the feat in his next game against the Raiders, producing another 4.5 sacks in a 6-3 victory Dec. 27, 1987 in Los Angeles.

(3) With the NFL expanding its schedule from 16 to 17 games this season, the Bears-Raiders matchup is the additional contest for both teams. They were paired because both finished in second place in their respective divisions last year.

(4) The Bears' series with the Raiders is their only one with a current NFL team in which neither team has ever scored more than 28 points in a game. Since the Raiders' 28-27 win in the second meeting between the clubs in 1976, neither team has scored more points against the other. 

(5) Hall of Fame quarterback/kicker George Blanda played 19 of his NFL-record 26 seasons with the Bears (1949-58) and Raiders (1967-75). He retired as the league's all-time leading scorer with 2,002 points.

(6) The Bears will play a regular-season game in their 25th different state when they visit the Raiders in Las Vegas. They'll add Nevada to Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

(7) Seven of the last eight meetings between the Bears and Raiders have been decided by seven points or less, including five contests that were determined by two or three points. 

(8) In the last meeting between the teams Oct. 6, 2019 in London, receiver Allen Robinson II caught touchdown passes of 4 and 16 yards in a 2:40 span of the third quarter to help the Bears rally from a 17-0 deficit and take a 21-17 lead. But the Raiders responded with a late TD that gave them a 24-21 victory.

(9) The last meeting between the teams was the first NFL game played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, drawing 60,463 fans. 

(10) The Bears have recorded three wins over the Raiders on last-second field goals, all at Soldier Field. In 1996, Jeff Jaeger made four field goals, including a 30-yarder with :11 remaining, to beat his former team. In 2003, Paul Edinger's 48-yarder as time expired in regulation gave the Bears a 24-21 win. And in 2015, Robbie Gould's 49-yarder with :02 to play lifted the Bears to a 19-17 victory, giving John Fox his first win as the team's coach.

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