Chicago reignited its love affair with the Bears in 2018. Despite a disappointing first round playoff exit, an exciting defense sparked by linebacker Khalil Mack and the emergence of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has fans in the Windy City hopeful that a prolonged era of success is in store.
Just prior to last season, the Bears traded two first round draft picks to Oakland for Mack. The Bears promptly signed him to a six-year, $141 million extension to make him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. Mack immediately paid dividends, recording 12.5 sacks and forcing six fumbles as the leader the Bears defense that led the league in scoring. The Bears finished 12-4, but lost a home playoff game against Philadelphia when place kicker Cody Parkey hit both the upright and crossbar before his game-winning field goal attempt fell short. Parkey will be replaced in 2019, but the question is by who. Chicago signed Elliott Fry, Redford Jones, and Chris Blewitt – three kickers who have a combined zero NFL games played.
The Bears will also be placing added emphasis on running back Tarik Cohen after trading Jordan Howard to the Eagles. Free agent Mike Davis was also brought in to handle some of the load in the Bears’ backfield.
A trip to Soldier Field is always a memorable experience, but you can make it even more special by enjoying a game from a luxury suite. Perhaps the words that sell the suites the most: climate-controlled! On the shores of Lake Michigan, the weather for a winter game in Chicago can be downright brutal – they don’t call it the windy city for nothing! Enjoy the game with floor-to-ceiling windows that keep you out of the elements, while you enjoy spacious seating and unlimited food, including Chicago favorites like specialty hot dogs, sausage, and beef sandwiches.
Chicago will play host to the first game of the NFL’s 100th season by hosting division rival Green Bay on Thursday night, September 5. In addition to hosting NFC North foes Minnesota and Detroit, the Bears will welcome these teams into Soldier Field this year: New Orleans, the Los Angeles Chargers, the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys (Thursday night game), and Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday night game). Road games are at the division teams, including Thanksgiving Day at Detroit, along with matchups at Denver, Washington (Monday night game), Philadelphia, Oakland (in London), and the Los Angeles Rams (Sunday night game). All told, the Bears will be featured on national television six times in 2019.