The NFL dropped the 2016 schedule yesterday and the Chicago Bears were granted four prime time games. They'll host the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football to cap week 2, then travel to play the Dallas Cowboys for a week 3 Sunday Night Football match-up. On week 7 it's a Thursday Night tilt in Green Bay to take on the rival Packers, then right before their week nine bye, they'll host the Minnesota Vikings on ESPN's Monday Night Football. That's 2 back-to-backs in prime time for the Bears in their first eight weeks. For a full breakdown of Chicago's schedule you can click right here.
That Thursday nighter in Green Bay is a big deal for a couple of reasons. One, we will be forced to watch as two teams that have been around for a combined 191 years, two teams that are steeped in tradition, two teams with the most NFL titles in the history of the sport, two teams with a classic and timeless look are forced to play in a Nike Color Rush uniform.
So get ready for an all Navy or all Orange vs an all Yellow or all Green eyesore. If we're lucky, Nike will roll out a crisp White on White for the Bears, but that's unlikely.
The other reason this Thursday Night Football is a big deal, is that it will be simulcast live via Twitter. Last year the NFL used Yahoo to stream a game live and it was well received. This year the NFL has partnered up with Twitter to stream 10 Thursday Night games. Here's the full slate of TNF on Twitter games.
Week 2, Sept. 15: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
Week 3, Sept. 22: Houston Texans at New England Patriots
Week 5, Oct. 6: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
Week 6, Oct. 13: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers
Week 7, Oct. 20: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Week 11, Nov. 17: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Week 13, Dec. 1: Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings
Week 14, Dec. 8: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 15, Dec. 15: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
Week 16, Dec. 22: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
So if you can't check out any of these games the old fashioned way (television) just log into Twitter and witness the future.