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A Bear of a Schedule
David Fleming
August 17, 1998
The 1998 Bears are only the fourth team in NFL history to begin a season with five consecutive games against teams that made the playoffs the previous year. Coach Dave Wannstedt would surely prefer to follow the example of the '82 Redskins, who withstood that challenge en route to a 27-17 Super Bowl win over the Dolphins, rather than that of the '86 Colts and the 71 Eagles, both of whom lost all five of those games and fired their coach before the season was out.
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August 17, 1998

A Bear Of A Schedule

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The 1998 Bears are only the fourth team in NFL history to begin a season with five consecutive games against teams that made the playoffs the previous year. Coach Dave Wannstedt would surely prefer to follow the example of the '82 Redskins, who withstood that challenge en route to a 27-17 Super Bowl win over the Dolphins, rather than that of the '86 Colts and the 71 Eagles, both of whom lost all five of those games and fired their coach before the season was out.

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