Capsules of Bears’ 2019 opponents

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Bears’ 2019 opponents

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Detroit Lions (6-10 in 2018)
Series: Bears lead 99-74-5 and have won two straight.
Last meeting: Bears won 23-16 on Nov. 22, 2018 at Ford Field. Facing the Lions on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit, Eddie Jackson intercepted a Matthew Stafford pass and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to snap a 16-16 tie and give the Bears their third division win in a 12-day span. Starting in place of the injured Mitchell Trubisky, Chase Daniel threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns with a 106.8 passer rating.

Green Bay Packers (6-9-1)
Series: Bears trail 97-95-2 and have lost 15 of last 18.
Last meeting: Bears won 24-17 on Dec. 16, 2018 at Soldier Field. The Bears clinched their first division title since 2010, snapped an eight-game home losing streak to the Packers, eliminated Green Bay from playoff contention and avenged a disappointing season-opening loss at Lambeau Field. Mitchell Trubisky passed for 235 yards and two TDs with a 120.4 passer rating and Khalil Mack registered 2.5 of the Bears’ five sacks of Aaron Rodgers.

Minnesota Vikings (8-7-1)
Series: Bears trail 60-54-2 but have won two straight.
Last meeting: Bears won 24-10 on Dec. 30, 2018 at US Bank Stadium. The Bears concluded the regular season with their ninth win in their final 10 games and knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs. The Bears raced to a 13-0 second-quarter lead behind two Jordan Howard touchdown runs and a dominant defense that opened the game with four straight three-and-outs, registering two sacks of Kirk Cousins and limiting the Vikings to two yards on 12 plays.

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Dallas Cowboys (10-6)
Series: Bears trail 15-11 and have lost two straight.
Last meeting: Bears lost 31-17 on Sept. 25, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. The Cowboys scored three touchdowns and a field goal on their first four possessions to take a 24-3 lead in the Sunday night contest. Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 140 yards on 30 carries. Tight end Zach Miller scored both Bears touchdowns on receptions of 2 and 6 yards from backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, who started in place of the injured Jay Cutler.

Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
Series: Bears lead 7-5. The two teams have alternated winning the last 10 meetings beginning with a Bears victory in 1987.
Last meeting: Bears won 18-17 on Oct. 11, 2015 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Jay Cutler threw two touchdown passes in the final 3:05—including a game-winning 7-yarder to Matt Forte with :18 to play—as the Bears erased a 17-6 deficit. The Bears defense shut out the Chiefs in the second half, limiting Kansas City to 10 yards on nine plays on three straight three-and-outs to begin the fourth quarter.

Los Angeles Chargers (12-4)
Series: Bears lead 7-5 and have won two straight and six of last seven.
Last meeting: Bears won 22-19 on Nov. 9, 2015 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The Bears overcame a 16-7 fourth-quarter deficit, scoring the go-ahead points with 3:19 remaining on Jay Cutler’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Zach Miller, who plucked the ball out of the air with one hand. Lamarr Houston helped seal the victory with two sacks of Philip Rivers on the Chargers’ final drive. Alshon Jeffery caught 10 passes for 151 yards.

New Orleans Saints (13-3)
Series: Series is tied 15-15 and Bears have lost four straight.
Last meeting: Bears lost 20-12 on Oct. 29, 2017 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The Bears compiled 307 yards and converted 8-of-17 third-down opportunities, but they mustered just one touchdown—Tarik Cohen’s 1-yard run that closed the gap to 17-12 with 3:58 left in the game. Jordan Howard rushed for 102 yards on 23 carries, including a 50-yarder from his own 3 that helped set up a Connor Barth field goal.

New York Giants (5-11)
Series: Bears lead 33-24-2 but have lost four of last five.
Last meeting: Bears lost 30-27 in overtime on Dec. 2, 2018 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The Bears stormed back from a 27-17 deficit with 10 points in the final 1:13 of regulation—including Tarik Cohen’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller as time expired—to force overtime. But Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas booted a 44-yard field goal on the first possession of the extra session, and the Bears followed by turning the ball over on downs.

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Denver Broncos (6-10)
Series: Bears trail 8-7 and have lost two straight and four of last six.
Last meeting: Bears lost 17-15 on Nov. 22, 2015 at Soldier Field. Jeremy Langford’s 2-yard touchdown run drew the Bears to within 17-15 with :24 remaining, but Langford’s subsequent two-point conversion run was stopped. Marquess Wilson caught four passes for 102 yards. The Bears defense registered five sacks of Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler, but Osweiler passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns.

Los Angeles Rams (13-3)
Series: Bears lead 54-36-3 and have won two straight and six of last seven.
Last meeting: Bears won 15-6 on Dec. 9, 2018 at Soldier Field. The Bears defense aced its stiffest test of the season, dominating an explosive Rams offense. The unit did not allow a touchdown, produced four interceptions and a safety, and held NFL leading rusher Todd Gurley to a season-low 28 yards on 11 carries. The defense constantly harassed quarterback Jared Goff, who posted a career-low 19.1 passer rating.

Oakland Raiders (4-12)
Series: The series is tied 7-7 and the Bears have won three of last four.
Last meeting: Bears won 22-20 on Oct. 4, 2015 at Soldier Field. Robbie Gould’s 49-yard field goal with :02 to play gave the Bears the victory in a game that featured six lead changes. The Bears erased deficits of 14-6, 17-16 and 20-19 in the contest. Jay Cutler put the Bears in position for the game-winning kick by engineering a 12-play, 48-yard drive.

Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
Series: Bears lead 30-15-1 but have lost four straight.
Last meeting: Bears lost 16-15 on Jan. 6, 2019 at Soldier Field. The Bears’ first playoff appearance in eight seasons ended in heartbreaking fashion as Cody Parkey’s 43-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright and then the crossbar with :05 left in the fourth quarter. The Eagles scored the winning points on Nick Foles’ 2-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate on fourth-and-goal with :56 remaining in the game.

Washington Redskins (7-9)
Series: Bears trail 26-23-1 and have lost seven straight.
Last meeting: Bears lost 41-21 on Dec. 24, 2016 at Soldier Field. Kirk Cousins passed for 270 yards and one touchdown and rushed for two more TDs. Matt Barkley countered with 323 yards and two touchdowns, but he threw interceptions on the Bears’ first four possessions of the second half and five overall. Jordan Howard rushed for 119 yards on 18 carries and Cameron Meredith caught nine passes for 135 yards and one TD.

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