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Chalk Talk: When was last time Bears wore orange?

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

When was the last time the Bears wore their orange jerseys?
Stan B.
Lake Villa, Illinois

The last time the Bears wore orange jerseys was in 2011 when they lost to the Packers 27-17. Prior to that, they wore them for five seasons from 2005-09, winning four out of five games during that span. The wins came over the 49ers 17-9 in 2005, the 49ers again 41-10 in 2006, the Vikings 48-41 in 2008 and the Browns 30-6 in 2009. The lone loss during that timeframe was to the Lions 16-7 in 2007. All of the aforementioned contests were played at Soldier Field. The last time the Bears wore orange jerseys on the road was Thanksgiving Day 2004 when they lost to the Cowboys 21-7 in Dallas.

Which Bears player do you think will be the team's defensive MVP in Sunday's game against the Dolphins?
Ross T.
Casper, Wyoming

I'll predict that Akiem Hicks will have a monster game. First, he should get some one-on-one opportunities with the Dolphins no doubt double- and triple-teaming Khalil Mack at times. But even more importantly, Hicks feels like he has a second life after avoiding a suspension for pushing an official against the Buccaneers. He's like a baseball player who hits a foul popup that's dropped by a fielder. He gets a second chance that he's determined to take advantage of.

What did you like best about how Mitchell Trubisky played against the Buccaneers?
Todd E.
Dublin, Ohio

What impressed me most about Mitchell Trubisky's performance against the Buccaneers was the accuracy, decision-making and poise he demonstrated throughout the game. I'm 52 years old and I can tell you with conviction that it was the best start by a Bears quarterback in my lifetime. While most of the talk deservedly has been about his six touchdown passes, I also think he deserves a lot of credit for the Bears he made with his feet. He rushed for 53 yards on just three carries, including gains of 26 and 23 yards. It's unrealistic to expect him to throw six TD passes every game of course, but here's hoping that he continues to grow each and every game.

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