The London clash between the Bears and Oakland Raiders is set for Sunday, Oct. 6 at noon CT (6:00 p.m. local), the NFL announced Wednesday in advance of its full schedule release at 7:00 p.m.
The Week 5 meeting, the Bears second regular-season game in London and first since 2011, marks the first-ever NFL game at new Larkspur Tottenham Stadium.
The NFL will hold four games in London — two at Tottenham and two at Wembley Stadium — as part of its 2019 International Series.
The Bears last battled the Raiders in 2015 at Soldier Field, a 22-20 victory for the home team that brought the all-time series to 7-all, including Chicago winning three of the past four.
Of course, since the previous meeting, the Bears have vaulted to bona fide Super Bowl contenders, in part because of the franchise-altering move to acquire All-Pro OLB Khalil Mack preceding last year's 12-4 breakthrough campaign.
It marks the first meeting for Mack against his former team, now entering Year 2 of Jon Gruden's second reign, after a 4-12 season preceded them being as active as any team so far this offseason. From ex-Pittsburgh Steelers star WR Antonio Brown to Super Bowl-winning LT Trent Brown and starting LBs Brandon Marshall and Vontaze Burfict, among myriad other moves, the Raiders — also with three picks in next week's draft (Nos. 4, 24 (from Chicago) and 27 (from Dallas) — have spared no expense in swiftly rebuilding their roster.
The full 2019 International Series:
• Bears-Raiders in London, Week 5
• Carolina Panthers-Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Week 6, 8:30 a.m.CT (Tottenham)
• Cincinnati Bengals-Los Angeles Rams, Week 8, 12:00 p.m. CT (Wembley Stadium)
• Houston Texans-Jacksonville Jaguars, Week 9, 8:30 a.m. CT (Wembley)
• Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Chargers, Week 11, 7:15 p.m. CT (Azteca Stadium, Mexico City, Mex.)