Will the Bears and Raiders make history?

Updated: October 17, 2006, 12:47 AM ET
Monday, Oct. 16

One team is chasing history; the other is running from it.

For very different reasons, the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders appear to be writing two of this season's more compelling stories. The Bears roared out of the gate and are drawing comparisons to both the 1985 Bears, who went 15-1 with one of the most dominating defenses of all time, and the 1972 Dolphins, who marched to a Super Bowl title with a 14-0 regular season. Meanwhile, Art Shell's Raiders have critics digging in history books as well, this time to dust off the stats of the 1976 Buccaneers, who went 0-14.

No team has finished a 16-game regular season without a win or without a loss. Will either of these teams change history? Vote each week as they chase history.

Cast your vote now!

SPORTSNATION: CHASING NFL HISTORY
Chicago Bears
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Oakland Raiders
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Vote: Will the Bears go 16-0?
Week 6: Bears 24, Cardinals 23
Week 7: Idle

The Bears improved to 6-0 but just barely. In one of the strangest games in Monday Night Football history, the Bears withstood six turnovers to start rallying from a 23-3 deficit in the waning seconds of the third quarter with a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. Another fumble return and a perfectly timed 83-yard punt return by Devin Hester gave the Bears a 24-23 lead but they would still need help. Cardinals kicker, Neil Rackers, who hadn't missed a FG all season from 40-49 yards, was wide left on a 40-yard attempt to seal the victory for Love Smith and company. Next up for the Bears is a much deserved week off.
Vote: Will the Raiders go 0-16?
Week 6: Broncos 13, Raiders 3
Week 7: vs. Arizona Cardinals (1-4)

At least the Raiders didn't embarrass themselves in front of a national audience. Well, at least not by their standards. A 13-3 loss against the Broncos may be about the best the Raiders can hope for these days. Drama leading up to the game centered on disgruntled wide receiver Jerry Porter drawing a four-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, and Randy Moss hinting again that he wouldn't mind a trade, but there weren't many fireworks on the field for Andrew Walter and the Oakland offense. Next up for the Raiders is a home game against the Cardinals, in what could represent their best chance to break the losing streak before Thanksgiving.
Through Week 5
Will the Bears go 16-0?
30% Yes
70% No
Through Week 5
Will the Raiders go 0-16?
51% Yes
49% No