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Bears to play Raiders in London in 2019


The NFL announced Monday that the Bears' road game against the Oakland Raiders in 2019 will be played in London.

The date, time and venue for the contest will be revealed in conjunction with the release of the full NFL schedule this spring. 

It will be the third regular-season game in Bears history played outside the United States and the second contest in London.

The Bears beat the Buccaneers 24-18 on Oct. 23, 2011 before a crowd of 76,981 at Wembley Stadium. The Bears also played a preseason game at Wembley Stadium on Aug. 2, 1986, beating the Cowboys 17-6. 

The Bears played their first regular-season game outside the United States on Nov. 7, 2010, defeating the Bills 22-19 at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

After hosting three sold-out games at Wembley Stadium in consecutive weeks in 2018, the NFL will play four contests in London in 2019, two at Wembley Stadium and the league's first two games at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It will bring the total number of NFL regular-season games played in London to 28 since the series began in 2007.

The other three London matchups in 2019 will feature the Panthers against the Buccaneers, the Bengals versus the Rams and the Texans against the Jaguars. A fifth international game will be played in Mexico City between the Chiefs and Chargers. 

The Jaguars have played one game in London every year since 2013 and are contracted to continue to do so through 2020. With the Panthers and Texans slated to make their first appearances in London this year, the Packers will be the only NFL team that has not played a regular-season contest in London.

In addition to their game against the Raiders in London, the Bears in 2019 are slated to host the Lions, Packers, Vikings, Chargers, Cowboys, Chiefs, Giants and Saints, while visiting the Lions, Packers, Vikings, Broncos, Eagles, Rams and Redskins.

The Bears return to London this week for the first time since 2011. Look back at some of the events and images from that last trip as the Beas once again make the long trip across the pond.