DÉJÀ VU: The Broncos first-team offense failed to score on the first drive in Saturday's game, a trend the Bears started last season. In 17 games last season including the playoffs, only two teams managed points on their first offensive series of the game.

CHAMPAIGN ON ICE: The preseason opener at Memorial Stadium in Champaign is not the first time Chicago has played downstate, but it is, however, the first time they have been the home team on the scoreboard. The Bears last played in Champaign on August 23, 1975, a span of 27 seasons, and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 14-13. The first time the Bears played at Memorial Stadium was 1974 preseason opener, a 10-7 loss to the Cardinals.

BREAKING THE STREAK:Prior to the 27-3 loss to the Broncos, the Bears had won three consecutive preseason openers, beating Indianapolis 9-6 in 1999, the New York Giants 20-8 in 2000 and Cincinnati 16-13 in overtime last season. With the loss, the Bears have now lost four consecutive preseason games dating back to last season.

MIDSEASON FORM: Two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher was in midseason form from the opening snap of the contest. The 6-4, 254 pounder of New Mexico had three tackles, including a sack of Broncos starter Brian Griese where he forced and recovered a fumble, leading to the Bears' only points of the game, a 36-yard field goal by Paul Edinger. Urlacher also had a tackle for a loss and stop for no gain prior to his sack.

REMAINING CAMP SCHEDULE: Bears players will have Sunday off and will resume two-a-day practices in Bourbonnais on Monday, August 12 with practices at 8:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. The Bears will have two practices on Tuesday then break camp on Wednesday after the morning practice set for 8:30 a.m.

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