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9 notes & nuggets about Bears' 2021 schedule


(1) Visiting the Rams on Sunday Night Football in Los Angeles Sept. 12, the Bears will open a second straight season on the road for the first time since 2008-09. In Week 1 last year, they rallied from a 23-6 deficit entering the fourth quarter to beat the Lions 27-23 in Detroit.

(2) Seven of the Bears' eight home games at Soldier Field are scheduled to kick off at noon on Sundays. The only exception is a Week 15 Monday night contest Dec. 20 against the Minnesota Vikings. On the other hand, the Bears' nine road games start at six different times: 11:30 a.m., noon, 3:05 p.m., 3:25 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.

(3) The Bears will play the Packers in a night game for the 16th straight season. It's also the 10th time in the last 11 seasons that the Bears-Packers game in Green Bay will be played under the lights. The contest is scheduled for Sunday night, Dec. 12 at Lambeau Field.

(4) The Bears are scheduled to play four prime-time games this year. They'll appear twice on Sunday Night Football (Sept. 12 at the Rams and Dec. 12 at the Packers) and twice on Monday Night Football (Nov. 8 in Pittsburgh and Dec. 20 versus the Vikings in Chicago).

(5) Five of the Bears' six non-division road opponents made the playoffs last year, and none of the six had a losing record. The Rams (10-6), Browns (11-5), Buccaneers (11-5), Steelers (12-4) and Seahawks (12-4) all qualified for the postseason, while the Raiders (8-8) did not. On the flip-side, only one of the Bears' five non-division home opponents reached the playoffs and had a winning record last year: the Ravens (11-5). The others are the Bengals (4-11-1), 49ers (6-10), Cardinals (8-8) and Giants (6-10).

(6) The Bears will enter the season looking to extend an eight-game winning streak against the AFC North. They swept the division in both 2013 and 2017. This year they host the Bengals Sept. 19 and Ravens Nov. 21 and visit the Browns Sept. 26 and Steelers Nov. 8.

(7) The Bears will play a regular season game in their 24th different state Oct. 10 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, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

(8) The Bears will look to win their fourth straight Thanksgiving game when they face the Lions Nov. 25 in Detroit. They beat the Packers 17-13 in Green Bay in 2015 and defeated the Lions 23-16 in 2018 and 24-20 in 2019. The last time the Bears won four consecutive Thanksgiving contests was when they recorded five straight victories from 1930-34.

(9) The Bears will close the season in Minnesota versus the Vikings for the sixth time in the last eight years. After losing 13-9 in 2014, 38-10 in 2016 and 23-10 in 2017, they are 2-0 in season finales in Minnesota under coach Matt Nagy, winning 24-10 in 2018 and 21-19 in 2019.