National Football League
Chicago at Kansas City
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 11, 2015
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

After eking out their first win last week, the Chicago Bears hope to make it two in a row when they travel to Kansas City to face the struggling Chiefs on Sunday. It’s the first of back-to-back road games for the Bears, who were blanked 26-0 at Seattle in their first contest away from home this season, while the Chiefs have lost three straight – the last two on the road.

Both teams need a dose of victory to keep their playoff hopes healthy after 1-3 starts, and the Bears bring in some positive momentum after a 22-20 home win over Oakland. “Winning has cured more ills than penicillin, and winning just feels better,” Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio told reporters. The teams haven’t met since 2011, and Chicago hasn’t visited Kansas City since 2003, but Bears coach John Fox is a familiar foe for the Chiefs from his years in Denver. The former Broncos coach is 9-1 lifetime against Kansas City.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, Fox. LINE: Chiefs -9. O/U: 45

ABOUT THE BEARS (1-3): Chicago finally broke through last week when Jay Cutler led a game-winning drive that concluded with Robbie Gould’s 49-yard field goal in the final seconds. Cutler (hamstring) is expected to play despite being limited in practice this week, but top receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) could miss his fourth straight game. The defense turned in its best effort of the season last week, holding the Raiders to 243 total yards and allowing fewer than 100 on the ground for the first time.

ABOUT THE CHIEFS (1-3): Kansas City failed to find the end zone in last week’s 36-21 loss at Cincinnati, settling for seven field goals from Cairo Santos. The Chiefs did manage a season-high 461 total yards, including a career-best 348 through the air by Alex Smith, but the defense endured a second straight rough week. Kansas City has allowed an average of 446.5 total yards the last two games and ranks 28th against the pass.


1. Seven of the 11 all-time meetings between the teams have been decided by seven points or fewer.

2. Cutler needs five touchdown passes to pass Sid Luckman (137) for the most in team history.

3. Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin has topped 140 receiving yards in consecutive games.

PREDICTION: Chiefs 23, Bears 20

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Chicago 1-3 W1 17.0 31.2 1-2 0-1 1-2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-3
Kansas City 1-3 L3 25.0 31.2 0-1 1-2 1-2 0-1 0-0 0-1 1-2
Last Meeting
Chicago Kansas City
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
12/4/11 KC 10 CHI 3 181 93 88 252 113 139
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Chicago C. Hanie 45.8 133 0 3
Kansas City T. Palko 56.7 157 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Chicago M. Barber 14 44 3.1 0
Kansas City D. McCluster 9 61 6.8 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Chicago J. Knox 5 53 10.6 0
Kansas City D. Bowe 4 49 12.2 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Chicago A. Adams 0
Kansas City D. McCluster 1
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Chicago J. Cutler 61.4 626 4 3
Kansas City A. Smith 65.0 1110 4 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Chicago M. Forte 84 367 4.4 1
Kansas City J. Charles 59 306 5.2 4
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Chicago M. Bennett 24 201 8.4 2
Kansas City J. Maclin 28 398 14.2 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Chicago M. Bennett 2
Kansas City J. Charles 5