Reporting Tom Thayer
TORONTO (AP/WBBM) - The Chicago Bears and the winless Buffalo Bills are in Toronto, Canada on Sunday.
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The suddenly slumping Bears are 4 and 3 and hope a change of scenery could benefit them. After getting off to a 4-1 start, they return from their bye week still smarting after losing two straight at home.
“I was up in Canada this summer. Does it help me?” Bears coach Lovie Smith said, seeking an edge. “I think just getting away from it during the bye week, as much as anything else, should cure a lot of our ills.”
There’s plenty of pain to go around between two non-conference teams who meet for only the 11th time, and have far different reasons to seek a midseason kickstart on foreign soil.
The Bills’ objective is a simple one. It starts with winning their first game in a season that, barring a miracle, will end with Buffalo missing the playoffs for an 11th straight year.
The Bears head to Canada’s largest city and financial capital with a chance to climb back into the North Division race in which they sit a half game behind first-place Green Bay (5-3).