Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.
How many times have the Bears opened the season against the Packers?
This year will mark the 33rd time the Bears will open a season against their arch rivals to the north. The Bears are 17-13-2 in those games, losing the last two 21-15 in 2009 and 31-23 in 2015. The Bears last beat the Packers in a season opener in 2006 when they blanked Green Bay 26-0 in what was the only home shutout in quarterback Brett Favre's career with the Packers.
It seems like the Bears always play at least one of their two games every season against the Packers at night. How many times has that happened over the last decade or so?
This year will be the 13th straight season the Bears will play the Packers in a prime-time game. Since 2006, the teams have met six times on Sunday Night Football, three times on Monday Night Football and three times on Thursday Night Football. The Bears will play the Packers in Green Bay in prime time this year for the eighth straight year.
I don't recall the Bears playing many season openers at night. How frequently has that occurred?
This year marks the sixth time the Bears will have played their season opener in prime time. They beat the Giants 34-19 in Chicago in 1987 and the Cowboys 22-6 in Chicago in 1996 and lost to the Packers 38-24 in Green Bay in 1997 on Monday Night Football. They also defeated the Colts 29-13 in Indianapolis in 2008 and lost to the Packers 21-15 in Green Bay in 2009 on Sunday Night Football. Hosting the Seahawks on Monday Night Football in Week 2, the Bears will play their first two games of the season in prime time for the first time in franchise history.