Bouncing back

In 2001, the Chicago Bears responded positively following a loss. After each of Chicago's three losses last season, the Bears followed with a win, avoiding consecutive losses.

After Chicago's first loss of the season, an opening-week defeat to then defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore, the Bears rattled off six victories in a row. After the second and third losses of the year, the Bears won three and four consecutive games, respectively. Conversely, prior to last season, the Bears struggled winning consecutive games, losing nine straight games following a win and had posted back-to-back wins on only three occasions since 1997.

Under Dick Jauron, the Bears are 13-12 following a loss including a win in the 2002 season opener versus Minnesota after losing to Philadelphia in the playoffs to end the 2001 season. The last time Chicago lost back-to-back games was in 2000, losing to the Jets 17-10 in Game 12 (11/26) and the Packer 28-6 in Game 13 (12/3).

Out of their league: The Bears will face their first AFC opponent of the 2002 season, traveling to Buffalo to face the Bills Sunday. Since Jauron took over the reigns of the Bears in 1999, Chicago has posted a 7-5 mark against the AFC, including a 2-4 record. Jauron began his career with the Bears with a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in 1999. The 2-4 road record against the AFC includes a 2000 trip to Buffalo, a 20-3 Bills win. The remaining 2002 AFC opponents for the Bears include a road game at Miami and home games against New England and the New York Jets. The Bears are 5-1 at home against the AFC in the past three seasons.

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