The Chicago Bears' opponents for the 2015 preseason were announced today, and all four are from the AFC. Exact dates have yet to be determined but this is what we do know of the first chances that we'll get to see John Fox's team in action, and the new offenses and defenses under coordinators Adam Gase and Vic Fangio:
Game 1: August Thursday 13th - Monday 17th
The Bears host the Miami Dolphins at Soldier Field.
Notes: We lost to them 14-27 in week 7 last season, in a game in which Ryan Tannehill ran (and threw, and ran some more) amok, and which convinced me the defense weren't going to stop anyone. Again.
Game 2: August Thursday 20th - Monday 24th
Away to the Indianapolis Colts, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Notes: The Bears handed Andrew Luck a 41-21 drubbing in his first NFL start in the opening game of the 2012 season.
Game 3: August Thursday 27th - Monday 30th
Away to the Cincinnati Bengals, at Paul Brown Stadium.
Notes: We beat them 24-21 in the opening game of the 2013 season and the Marc Trestman era. Ah, good times. Rookie Kyle Long did keep Geno Atkins quiet throughout the game, which was actually a sign of good things to come.
Game 4: September Thursday 3rd - Friday 4th
The usual preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns, at home.
Notes: Beat them 38-31 in week 15 of the 2013 season, which brought the team to 8-6... from which they would go on to lose to the Eagles in spectacular fashion, and then that loss to the Packers. Josh McCown is unlikely to be active - as usual, it'll be a game for the scrubs, which by that point might include one Johnny Manziel if the rumo(u)rs out of Cleveland are to be believed [Edit: I forgot, the coaching staff weren't exactly pleased with their other 2014 first-rounder Justin Gilbert, either] - but you can be sure the media will find some way to spin it into a McCown-Cutler rabble-rouser for the Yahoo crowd. Oh, joy.
The regular season schedule has yet to be announced, but we already know which teams the Bears will host and which they'll visit. Share any thoughts you might have in the comments below.
Force of habit: Bearded Game of Thrones extra in hi-res.