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Bears begin prepping to visit Colts

Three days after beating the Lions 17-14 at Soldier Field, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to begin preparing for Sunday's game against the Colts in Indianapolis.

The Bears (1-3) will look to record back-to-back wins for the first time since last Nov. 9 and 15 when they defeated the Chargers 22-19 in San Diego and the Rams 37-13 in St. Louis.

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Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has 17 catches for 317 yards so far in 2016.

The Colts (1-3) opened the season by losing to the Lions 39-35 and Broncos 34-20 before beating the Chargers 26-22. Last Sunday they lost to the Jaguars 30-27 in London, rallying in the fourth quarter to close the gap after trailing 23-6 entering the final period.

On Tuesday, the Colts released cornerback Antonio Cromartie and inside linebacker Sio Moore, two players who had started all four of the team's games this season.

Indianapolis is the first NFL team to play a game in London and not have a bye the following week. The Colts reportedly asked the league to schedule their bye later in the season.

The Indianapolis offense is led by quarterback Andrew Luck, who has completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,147 yards with eight touchdowns, three interceptions and a 91.1 passer rating.

The Bears trail the all-time series with the Colts 23-19 but have won six of the last eight meetings. The Bears won the last meeting 41-21 in the 2012 season opener at Soldier Field. The Bears ruined Luck's NFL debut, generating five takeaways and scoring on five straight possessions at one point—not counting a kneel-down at the end of the first half. Tim Jennings intercepted two Luck passes and deflected another throw that Chris Conte picked off in the end zone.

After Week 4, the Bears rank 24th in offense (26th in rushing and 15th passing) and 10th in defense (26th against the run and 8th versus the pass). The Colts rank 17th in offense (24th rushing and 13th passing) and 24th in defense (tied for 18th versus the run and 24th versus the pass).

ChicagoBears.com will provide all the latest news throughout the week from Halas Hall. Coach John Fox will address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and special-teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will be available Wednesday, while offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will speak Thursday.

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