Sure, it’s been out for hours, but here it is, the final, official 2019 Chicago Bears schedule is out (All times are central):
Week 1: vs. Green Bay
Thursday, Sept. 5, 7:20 p.m., NBC
Week 2: at Denver Broncos
Sunday, Sept. 15, 3:25 p.m., FOX
Week 3: at Washington Football Team
Monday, Sept. 23, 7:15 p.m., ESPN
Week 4: vs. Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, Sept. 30, 3:25 p.m., CBS
Week 5: at Oakland Raiders (in London)
Sunday, Oct. 6, noon, FOX
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: vs. New Orleans Saints
Sunday, Oct. 20, 3:25 p.m. FOX
Week 8: vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday, Oct. 27, noon, FOX
Week 9: at Philadelphia
Sunday, Nov. 3, noon, FOX
Week 10: vs. Detroit Lions
Sunday, Nov. 10, noon, CBS
Week 11: at Los Angeles Rams
Sunday, Nov. 17, 7:20 p.m., NBC
Week 12: vs. New York Giants
Sunday, Nov. 24, noon, FOX
Week 13: at Detroit Lions
Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving), 11:30 a.m., FOX
Week 14: vs. Dallas Cowboys
Thursday, Dec. 5, 7:20 p.m., FOX/NFLN/Amazon
Week 15: at Green Bay Packers
Sunday, Dec. 15, noon, FOX
Week 16: vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Subject to flex scheduling)
Sunday, Dec. 22, 7:20 p.m., NBC
Week 17: at Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, Dec. 29, noon, FOX
Here’s how the Bears announced it:
Preseason schedule and times are also out (Times are Central and all games are on FOX Chicago):
Week 1: vs. Carolina Panthers
Thursday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m. FOX
Week 2: at New York Giants
Friday, Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m., FOX
Week 3: at Indianapolis Colts
Saturday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m., FOX
Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans
Thursday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m., FOX
My takeaways: Having three Thursday games but only one three-day window before a game is a sneaky blessing. The Bears can use the post-Thanksgiving game week like a normal week and they get two 10 day rest periods (before traveling to Denver and to Green Bay) plus their bye week ahead of hosting New Orleans.
The Bears have five prime-time games, the maximum allowed and I only missed one in my prediction yesterday (Washington in week 3). I am surprised Philadelphia wasn’t a prime-time game but I imagine that FOX wanted to protect that one. I did miss on which network would have which game, but that was a total stab in the dark to begin with.
They have six nationally televised games if you count their Thanksgiving game, although that isn’t a “prime-time” game. They also have two late afternoon kickoffs that are both good candidates to be the networks’ “Game of the Week” and being shown in the vast majority of markets.
Three of the first five are on the road, which is a rough stretch, including in London, but then they get their bye.
For the second year in a row, Chicago will play three games in 11 days: at Rams Nov. 17, vs. Giants Nov. 24 and at Detroit Nov. 28.
The December schedule is a tough slate: Dallas, at Green Bay, Kansas City and at Minnesota.
The Bears finish at the Vikings for the fourth consecutive year. Anyone looking to spend another New Years in Minneapolis?
My early prediction has them at 11-5 but it will be far from easy.
Individual tickets go on sale at 8:30 p.m. Central tonight. Which game(s) will you be attending? Who’s going to London? Early record predictions?