CHICAGO – The Bears will play four primetime games and end their season hosting Green Bay after the NFL announced its season schedule Thursday night.
Coming of a third place NFC North finish at 8-8, the Bears are hoping to get back to the playoffs after a busy offseason and draft.
Highlights include hosting Tom Brady and Tampa Bay on Thursday Night Football, playing in the Rams’ new stadium on Monday Night Football and playing up in Green Bay on Sunday Night Football.
The two Monday Night Football matchups are the first time the Bears have played twice on MNF since 2016.
Chicago enters the 2020 campaign with a decent amount of uncertainty in two key areas. For starters, it’s hard to predict at this moment if any fans will attend games at Soldier Field this season.
On top of that, the Bears brought in 2018 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to compete against Mitch Trubisky. Over the weekend, the Bears declined Trubisky’s fifth-year option.
If Chicago picked up the former second-overall selection’s option, they would have owed him $24.8 million in 2021.
Chicago looked to improve its defense on paper this offseason by signing edge rusher Robert Quinn, safety Tashaun Gipson and drafting CB Jaylon Johnson in the second round to likely replace Prince Amukamara.
They added to an already big TE group by signing veteran Jimmy Graham and drafting Cole Kmet out of Notre Dame in the second round.
The Bears are playing a third-place schedule and do not face a 2019 playoff team until Week 8 against New Orleans.
Take a look at the full schedule below.
- Week 1, Sept. 13 – at Detroit. Noon on FOX.
- Week 2, Sept. 20 – New York Giants. Noon on CBS.
- Week 3, Sept. 27 – at Atlanta. Noon on FOX.
- Week 4, Oct. 4 – Indianapolis. Noon on CBS.
- Week 5, Oct. 8 – Tampa Bay. 7:20 p.m. on NFL Network (Thursday Night Football)
- Week 6, Oct. 18 – at Carolina. Noon on FOX.
- Week 7, Oct. 26 – at Los Angeles Rams. 7:15 p.m. on ESPN (Monday Night Football)
- Week 8, Nov. 1 – New Orleans. 3:15 p.m. on FOX.
- Week 9, Nov. 8 – at Tennessee. Noon on FOX.
- Week 10, Nov. 16 – Minnesota. 7:15 p.m. on ESPN. (Monday Night Football)
- Week 11 – Bye week
- Week 12, Nov. 29 – at Green Bay. 7:20 p.m. on NBC. (Sunday Night Football)
- Week 13, Dec. 6 – Detroit. Noon on FOX.
- Week 14, Dec. 13 – Houston. Noon on CBS.
- Week 15, Dec. 20 – at Minnesota. Noon on FOX.
- Week 16, Dec. 27 – at Jacksonville. Noon on FOX.
- Week 17, Jan. 3 – Green Bay. Noon on FOX.
The Bears will open the preseason schedule at home against the Cleveland Browns and will face Vic Fangio and company in week two out in Denver. Chicago then hosts the defending NFC champions San Francisco in Week three followed by heading down to Tennessee to wrap up the preseason.
All dates and times of the preseason are undetermined at this point, likely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s unknown at this time if fans will be allowed to attend games or not.