Bears host Bengals for Week 1 as NFL announces 2013 schedule
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The Bears will open the season at home as they host the Cincinnati Bengals at Noon CT on Sunday, Sept. 8 for NFL Week 1. Chicago will play two consecutive at Soldier Field as they host the Vikings at Noon the next Sunday.
The Bears will travel to Pittsburgh in Week 3, then over to Detroit for the Sunday after.
Chicago will play one Thursday night football game - a Week 6 showdown at Soldier Field against the Giants - and will have two Monday Night Football games, the first a Week 9 affair at Green Bay and a Week 14 game at home against the Cowboys.
The Bears will have their bye week on Week 8.
See the full schedule below: CHICAGO BEARS 2013 SCHEDULE
CHICAGO BEARS 2013 SCHEDULE
2013 BEARS PRESEASON SCHEDULEDATE OPPONENT TIME (CT) NETWORK / RADIO
Friday, Aug. 9 at Carolina Panthers 7:00pm Chicago Bears Network on WFLD-TV / WBBM Radio
Thursday, Aug. 15 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 7:00pm ESPN / WBBM Radio
Friday, Aug. 23 at Oakland Raiders 9:00pm Chicago Bears Network on WFLD-TV / WBBM Radio
Thursday, Aug 29 CLEVELAND BROWNS 7:00pm Chicago Bears Network on WFLD-TV / WBBM Radio
2013 BEARS REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULEDATE OPPONENT TIME (CT) NETWORK / RADIO
WEEK 1 - Sunday, Sept. 8 CINCINNATI BENGALS Noon CBS / WBBM Radio
WEEK 2 - Sunday, Sept. 15 MINNESOTA VIKINGS Noon FOX / WBBM Radio
WEEK 3 - Sunday, Sept. 22 at Pittsburgh Steelers 7:30pm NBC / WBBM Radio
WEEK 4 - Sunday, Sept. 29 at Detroit Lions Noon FOX / WBBM Radio
WEEK 5 - Sunday, Oct. 6 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS Noon FOX / WBBM Radio
WEEK 6 - Thursday, Oct. 10 NEW YORK GIANTS 7:25pm NFLN / WBBM Radio
WEEK 7 - Sunday, Oct. 20 at Washington Redskins Noon FOX / WBBM Radio
WEEK 8 - Sunday, Oct. 27 BYE WEEKEND
WEEK 9 - Monday, Nov. 4 at Green Bay Packers 7:40pm ESPN / WBBM Radio
WEEK 10 - Sunday, Nov. 10 DETROIT LIONS Noon FOX / WBBM Radio
WEEK 11 - Sunday, Nov. 17 BALTIMORE RAVENS Noon * CBS / WBBM Radio
WEEK 12 - Sunday, Nov. 24 at St. Louis Rams Noon * FOX / WBBM Radio
WEEK 13 - Sunday, Dec. 1 at Minnesota Vikings Noon * FOX / WBBM Radio
WEEK 14 - Monday, Dec. 9 DALLAS COWBOYS 7:40pm ESPN / WBBM Radio
WEEK 15 - Sunday, Dec. 15 at Cleveland Browns Noon * FOX / WBBM Radio
WEEK 16 - Sunday, Dec. 22 at Philadelphia Eagles Noon * FOX / WBBM Radio
WEEK 17 - Sunday, Dec. 29 GREEN BAY PACKERS Noon * FOX / WBBM Radio
* Game times tentative and subject to flexible scheduling
2013-14 POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
Saturday, Sunday, January 4-5, 2014 AFC-NFC Wild Card Playoffs (NBC, CBS & FOX)
Saturday, Sunday, January 11-12, 2014 AFC-NFC Divisional Playoffs (CBS & FOX)
Sunday, January 19, 2014 AFC-NFC Championship Games (CBS & FOX)
Sunday, January 26, 2014 Pro Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii (FOX)
Sunday, February 2, 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII, East Rutherford, N.J. (FOX)
Some more info from the Bears:
KICKOFF WEEKEND: The Bears own 53 opening-day victories overall (53-35-5, .597), the most by any NFL franchise. Chicago has won four of their last five opening-day contests.
BEARS OPEN AT HOME FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR: The Bears open the regular season schedule at home for the fourth straight year, hosting the Cincinnati Bengals. The contest marks the first time since the 1993-96 seasons that Chicago will open the season in front of their home fans in four-straight campaigns.
Of Chicago’s last 20 season openers at home dating back to 1984, the Bears are 17-3 (.850).
This will mark just the second time that the Bears opened their season versus Cincinnati. The first came in 1989 when Chicago beat Cincinnati, 17-10, at Soldier Field.
BEARS WILL PLAY FIRST TWO CONTESTS AT HOME: The Chicago Bears will open their season at home on Sunday, September 8th vs. Cincinnati before hosting the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2 on Sunday, September 15th, marking the first time since 1999 that the Monsters of the Midway opened the regular season with two consecutive home games.
BEARS BATTLE TEAMS FROM NFC EAST & AFC NORTH DIVISIONS: Chicago will square off against all four teams from the NFC East and AFC North this season.
Chicago will host the N.Y. Giants (Week 6, NFLN’s Thursday Night Football) and Dallas Cowboys (Week 14, ESPN’s Monday Night Football) in primetime, while traveling to Washington (Week 7) and Philadelphia (Week 16). The Bears are 95-69-4 all-time against teams for the NFC East (.577). Chicago last faced all four teams from the NFC East in 2010, going 2-2 in those contests.
The Bears will travel to Pittsburgh (Week 3) and Cleveland (Week 15) while hosting Cincinnati (Week 1) and Baltimore (Week 11). Chicago is 30-24-4 (.552) all-time against teams from the AFC North. Chicago last faced all four teams from the AFC North in 2009, going 2-2 in those contests.
BEARS SCHEDULED TO PLAY FOUR GAMES IN PRIMETIME: The Bears are scheduled to make four appearances on primetime television during the 2013 regular season. Chicago went 2-3 in primetime during the 2012 regular season on NFLN’s Thursday Night Football (0-1), NBC’s Sunday Night Football (0-1), ESPN’s Monday Night Football (2-1).
The Bears first primetime contest of the 2013 season is Week 3 at Pittsburgh on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. In Week 6, the Bears will host the New York Giants on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football.
Chicago plays two regular season contests on ESPN’s Monday Night Football: Week 9 at Green Bay and Week 14 vs. Dallas.
Chicago is also set to play in a nationally-televised preseason game at Soldier Field vs. the San Diego Chargers on Thursday, August 15 on ESPN.
The Bears are 25-35 all time on Monday Night Football (14-11 at home; 11-24 on the road); 13-19 on Sunday Night Football (5-9 at home; 8-10 on the road) and 4-4 on Thursday Night Football (1-0 at home; 3-4 on the road)
BEARS SET TO TRAVEL 10,880 MILES DURING 2013 SEASON: The Bears will travel 10,880 miles during the 2013 season. Chicago’s longest trip during the season is to Oakland (3,670 miles round-trip).