KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (4-7)
VS CHICAGO BEARS (7-4)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2011 - 12:00 PM (CENTRAL)
SOLDIER FIELD - CHICAGO, IL
CBS (KCTV5 in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Kevin Harlan - Color Commentator: Solomon Wilcots
Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network
KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus Color Commentator: Len Dawson Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon
Kansas City makes its first trip to Chicago on Sunday since the 2007 season. The Chiefs suffered a heart-breaking 13-9 loss vs. Pittsburgh (11/27) on Sunday Night Football in a game that featured big defensive plays throughout the contest. The loss dropped the club’s record to 4-7. This marks Chicago’s third game of a four-game series with AFC West teams.
The Bears have split their two games with the AFC West so far in 2011. The club posted a 31-20 win vs. San Diego (11/20), but lost starting QB Jay Cutler to a hand injury. The next week, Chicago lost 25-20 at Oakland (11/27) as QB Caleb Hanie made his first career start.
The Kansas City defense is permitting 19.5 points per game dating back to Oct. 2. That mark ranks eighth in the AFC and 11th in the NFL. During that eight-game stretch, the Chiefs have only allowed five rushing touchdowns. The club has intercepted 10 passes over that timeframe.
Kansas City continues its two-game road trip next week when the team travels to New York to play the Jets (12/11). The Chiefs will return home to host Green Bay on Dec. 18. Chicago concludes its four-game AFC West series with a trip to Denver on Dec. 11.
Chicago leads the all-time regular season series at 6-4 (.600). The two teams have met in the preseason nine times with Kansas City holding a 7-2 (.778) advantage. In the five games played at Soldier Field, the Bears lead the series 4-1 (.800) and have won the last two contests in the Windy City. The Chiefs lone win at Chicago was the fi nal game of the ’90 season. Kansas City posted a 21-10 victory at Chicago (12/29/90) to advance to the playoffs as K Nick Lowery had five field goals.
In Kansas City’s last victory vs. Chicago (12/28/03), RB Priest Holmes recorded a pair of NFL records. In the 31-3 win, he scored his 27th rushing touchdown of the 2003 season. That total was the highest single-season rushing TD total in NFL history and the highest seasonal total in league annals for total touchdowns. The Chiefs posted a 66-24 win in the preseason vs. Chicago (8/23/67), the fi rst contest between the two clubs.