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The Week Ahead: Bears prepare to visit Broncos


Looking to rebound from their 10-3 season-opening loss to the Packers, the Bears return to the practice field Wednesday to resume preparations for Sunday's game against the Broncos in Denver at Empower Field at Mile High (3:25 p.m. CT).

The Broncos are coached by Vic Fangio, who spent the past four seasons as Bears defensive coordinator. Denver lost its season opener to the Raiders 24-16 Monday night in Oakland.

The Bears are making their first trip to Denver since Dec. 11, 2011 when they fell to quarterback Tim Tebow and the Broncos 13-10 in overtime on Matt Prater's 51-yard field goal.

The Bears went 3-1 immediately following losses last season in Matt Nagy's first year as coach.

• The Bears defense looks to build on its Week 1 performance against the Packers. The unit allowed its fewest points versus Green Bay since a 10-3 loss in the 2010 season finale and recorded five sacks of two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.

• In eight career games against the Broncos as a member of the Raiders, All-Pro outside linebacker Khalil Mack registered 33 tackles, 10 sacks, 14 tackles-for-loss and three forced fumbles. He tied a team record with five sacks in Denver on Dec. 13, 2015.

• The Bears offense looks to rebound after failing to score a touchdown against the Packers for the first time in 18 games with Nagy as their coach. The unit's only points came on Eddy Pineiro's 38-yard field goal on a drive that started at the Green Bay 36.

• Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completed 26 of 45 passes for 228 yards with one interception and a 62.1 passer rating while being sacked five times. Receiver Allen Robinson II caught seven passes for a game-high 102 yards. It was the 10th 100-yard game of his career and second with the Bears.

• The Bears are hopeful that tight end Trey Burton will be able to play Sunday after missing the season opener with a groin injury. Nagy revealed that the sixth-year pro was "moving around pretty good" in Monday's workout.

• The Bears enter Week 2 ranked 28th in offense in the NFL (28th rushing and 23rdpassing) and 2nd in defense (6th against the run and 5th versus the pass. The Broncos rank 21st in offense (21strushing and 17th passing) and 16th in defense (14th rushing and 17th passing).

• The Bears trail 8-7 and have lost two straight and four of the last six. The Bears lost the last meeting 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.

• Nagy will address the media Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Trubisky will speak Wednesday, while offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano and special-teams coordinator Chris Tabor will talk Thursday.

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