The Green Bay Packers will not open with a rematch of the NFC Championship game to start the 2011 season.
Brad Biggs over at the Chicago Tribune/Chicago Breaking family got the scoop on the schedule ahead of time, and has provided the whole world a look at what the Chicago Bears will be doing in the 2011 season. (Should there be a 2011 season. More on that later.)
The Chicago Bears will open up the season at home against the Atlanta Falcons on September 11th, 2011. The rest of the schedule is after the jump.
Update: Now with dates and times courtesy of the NFL.
|1||Sep. 11||Atlanta Falcons||@||Bears||1pm ET|
|2||Sep. 18||Bears||@||New Orleans Saints||1pm ET|
|3||Sep. 25||Green Bay Packers||@||Bears||4:15pm ET|
|4||Oct. 2||Carolina Panthers||@||Bears||1pm ET|
|5||Oct. 10||Bears||@||Detroit Lions||8:30pm ET|
|6||Oct 16||Minnesota Vikings||@||Bears||8:20pm ET|
|7||Oct. 23||Bears||@||Tampa Bay Buccaneers*||1pm ET|
|9||Nov 7||Bears||@||Philadelphia Eagles||8:30pm ET|
|10||Nov. 13||Detroit Lions||@||Bears||1pm ET|
|11||Nov. 20||San Diego Chargers||@||Bears||4:05pm ET|
|12||Nov. 27||Bears||@||Oakland Raiders||4:05pm ET|
|13||Dec.4||Kansas City Chiefs||@||Bears||1pm ET|
|14||Dec. 11||Bears||@||Denver Broncos||4:05pm ET|
|15||Dec. 18||Seattle Seahawks||@||Bears||1pm ET|
|16||Dec. 25||Bears||@||Green Bay Packers||8:20pm ET|
|17||Bears||Jan. 1||@||Minnesota Vikings||1pm ET|
*In London if they can get their act together by Aug. 1st
4 primetime games, and another 4 late afternoon games. Somebody did well for themselves, huh?
So what do you think? Seems like a tough, but fair schedule. I am getting exceptionally tired of playing the Seahawks, personally, but that's just me. I don't like finishing out the season on the road against back to back division opponents, but you take what you get. Sound off below.