Bears release their 2016 schedule

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Chicago Bears head coach John Fox watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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CHICAGO – How will the Bears improve in the second year of the John Fox era?

Good question. He probably doesn’t know as the team continues to rebuild in the second year of the regime under himself and general manager Ryan Pace.

But at least Fox knows the path his team will take once they hit the field this September.

On Thursday after 7 PM the NFL released the 2016 schedule for all teams including the Bears in their NFL Network special.

The Bears will open the season on Sunday, September 11th on the road against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium at 1 PM. The team’s home opener is the following Monday night against the Eagles at 7:30 PM at Soldier Field.

Once again the Bears play in primetime in Week 3 as they travel to AT&T Stadium to take on the Cowboys on Sunday, September 25th at 7:30 PM. The next prime time game is against the rival Green Bay Packers on Thursday, October 20th at Lambeau Field.

Eleven days later the Bears are back on Monday Night Football for a Halloween match-up with NFC North foe Minnesota on October 31st.

The rest of the schedule features noon games after that including the Packers’ visit to Soldier Field on Sunday, December 18th. Fox and the team will play a Saturday game on Christmas eve as they host the Redskins at Soldier Field.

Here are the dates and times for the team’s 16 games this year:

Sunday, Sept. 11               at Houston Texans                         Noon                 FOX / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio
      Monday, Sept. 19              PHILADELPHIA EAGLES           7:30pm               ESPN / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio
      Sunday, Sept. 25               at Dallas Cowboys                       7:30pm               NBC / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio
      Sunday, Oct. 2                   DETROIT LIONS                           Noon                 FOX / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio
      Sunday, Oct. 9                   at Indianapolis Colts                     Noon *                FOX / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio
      Sunday, Oct. 16                 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS       Noon *                CBS / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio
      Thursday, Oct. 20              at Green Bay Packers                  7:25pm               CBS / NFLN / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio
      Monday, Oct. 31                MINNESOTA VIKINGS                7:30pm               ESPN / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio
      Sunday, Nov. 6                                                                        BYE WEEK
      Sunday, Nov. 13                at Tampa Bay Buccaneers          Noon *                FOX / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio
      Sunday, Nov. 20                at New York Giants                       Noon *                FOX / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio
      Sunday, Nov. 27                TENNESSEE TITANS                 Noon *                CBS / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio
      Sunday, Dec. 4                  SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS          Noon *                FOX / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio
      Sunday, Dec. 11                at Detroit Lions                              Noon *                FOX / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio
      Sunday, Dec. 18                GREEN BAY PACKERS              Noon *                FOX / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio
      Saturday, Dec. 24              WASHINGTON REDSKINS       Noon *                FOX / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio
      Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017        at Minnesota Vikings                    Noon *                FOX / WBBM Radio & Univision Radio

 

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