If Sunday is indeed Marc Trestman’s last home game as Bears coach, he’ll have something in common with several of his recent predecessors in Chicago.
The Bears, lackluster in a 31-15 defeat to New Orleans on Monday night, are underdogs of as many as seven points to NFC North co-leader Detroit on Sunday.
Per the Spreadapedia database, the Bears have only been home underdogs to Detroit on six other occasions since 1980 — and never by more than 3.5 points.
The Bears are 0-3 vs. Detroit under Trestman. The Lions won the first 2014 matchup between the clubs, pulling away to a 34-17 win over visiting Chicago.
Two years ago, the Bears were three-point home underdogs to Green Bay in Lovie Smith’s final game in Chicago, falling 21-13. Chicago was also an underdog in Dave Wannstedt’s final game in 1998, when Packers fans made themselves heard at Soldier Field as Green Bay (-7) grinded out a 16-13 win.
Not all home finales for recent Bears coaches have gone poorly. The 2003 Bears (-4.5) knocked off Washington 27-24 in Dick Jauron’s penultimate game. Also, the 1992 Bears (+3) routed favored Pittsburgh 30-6 in the final Soldier Field game for Mike Ditka and the retiring Mike Singletary.