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How have Bears done hosting Philly?


Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on

How have the Bears fared when hosting the Philadelphia Eagles?

Peter A.
Roanoke, Virginia

The Bears are 17-5 all-time at home against the Eagles and 30-12-1 overall in a series that began with a 3-3 tie in 1933 at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. The Bears won their first 15 home games against the Eagles from 1939-1995 at four different stadiums. Eight victories came at Wrigley Field, five at Soldier Field and one each at Northwestern's Dyche Stadium and the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium. Since their 15-game winning streak was snapped in 1999, the Bears are 2-5 at home against the Eagles.

You wrote that the only three Bears starters in Sunday's season opener who also started in Week 1 last year were Jay Cutler, Kyle Long and Adrian Amos. I know Alshon Jeffery played in the game, but if he didn't start at wide receiver, who did?


Eddie Royal was the only receiver in the Bears' starting lineup in last year's season opener against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. The offense opened with three tight ends (Martellus Bennett, Zach Miller and Khari Lee) and one running back (Matt Forte). Royal and Miller both played a lot in last Sunday's opener in Houston, but neither started the game. The starting lineup included Jeffery and Kevin White at receiver and Logan Paulsen at tight end.

When was the last time the Bears had their home opener on Monday Night Football?

Danny H.
Muskegon, Michigan

This year marks the sixth time the Bears will have played their home opener on Monday Night Football. The last time it occurred was in 2003 when they lost to the Packers 38-23 in the first game in the new Soldier Field. The other instances when the Bears played their first home game of a season on MNF happened in 1978 (lost to the Vikings 24-20), 1987 (beat the Giants 34-19 in a matchup of the previous two Super Bowl winners), 1992 (beat the Giants 27-14) and 1996 (beat the defending Super Bowl champion Cowboys 22-6).

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