WHEN: Monday, 8 p.m. ET
WHERE: Fawcett Stadium, Canton, Ohio
TV: ABC (national)
ANNOUNCERS: Al Michaels, play-by-play; John Madden, analysis; Michele Tafoya, sidelines
NFL RANKINGS (2004): Bears — 32nd in total offense, tied-25th in rushing offense, 32nd in passing offense, 21st in total defense, 25th in rushing defense, 15th in passing defense. Dolphins — 29th in total offense, 31st in rushing offense, 21st in passing offense, 8th in total defense, 31st in rushing defense, 2nd in passing defense.
COACHES: Bears, Lovie Smith (2nd season); Dolphins, Nick Saban (1st season with team).
PRESEASON SERIES RECORD: Bears lead 7-4-1
GAME NOTES: This game will mark the first time since the Bears have faced the Dolphins since the August 2004 trade that sent DE Adewale Ogunleye to the Bears and WR Marty Booker to the Dolphins ... This will be the Bears' fourth appearance in the Hall of Fame Game, having won their previous three trips to Canton. The last appearance came in 1990, when the Bears shutout the Cleveland Browns 13-0.
The Bears went 2-2 during coach Smith's first preseason with the team in 2004, ending a streak of three consecutive preseasons in which Chicago posted a 1-3 record. The Bears won their first two contests on last year's exhibition slate, including Smith's first game as the team's coach against the St. Louis Rams. Chicago has opened five of its last six preseasons with a victory, the only loss coming against Denver, 27-3, in Champaign in 2002. The Bears have an all-time preseason record of 211-148-8 and are 7-4-1 against the Dolphins in the preseason.
Chicago's game on Monday night is the team's first of five preseason games in 2005, the most for the team since playing that many in 1997 on a preseason slate that began with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the American Bowl held in Dublin, Ireland. This year's preseason schedule is the seventh in eight years in which the Bears will face only one NFC opponent, the St. Louis Rams on August 12.