We already knew the season was gonna start with a bang with a rivalry grudge match against the Packers on Sunday Night Football, but the rest of the Chicago Bears’ 2018 schedule has been revealed … and in style:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) April 20, 2018
- Week 1: September 9 at Green Bay Packers, Sunday Night Football, 7:20, NBC
- Week 2: September 17 vs. Seattle Seahawks, Monday Night Football, 7:15, ESPN
- Week 3: September 23 at Arizona Cardinals, 3:25, FOX
- Week 4: September 30 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, noon, FOX
- Week 5: Bye (Enjoy the break responsibly and recharge the batteries)
- Week 6: October 14 at Miami Dolphins, noon, FOX
- Week 7: October 21 vs. New England Patriots, noon, CBS
- Week 8: October 28 vs. New York Jets, noon, CBS
- Week 9: November 4 at Buffalo Bills, noon, FOX
- Week 10: November 11 vs. Detroit Lions, noon, FOX
- Week 11: November 18 vs. Minnesota Vikings, noon, FOX
- Week 12: November 22 at Detroit Lions (Happy Thanksgiving! Game kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on CBS)
- Week 13: December 2 at New York Giants, noon, FOX
- Week 14: December 9 vs. Los Angeles Rams, noon, FOX
- Week 15: December 16 vs. Green Bay Packers, noon, FOX
- Week 16: December 23 at San Francisco 49ers, 3:05, FOX
- Week 17: December 30 at Minnesota Vikings, noon, FOX
Reminder: Tickets go on sale at 8 p.m. via Ticketmaster online and over the phone. Good luck.
Now that we have that out of the way, what can we take away from this schedule release?
The dreaded early-season bye week stands out like a sore thumb. I’m not a fan, and that’s putting it nicely. Also, I’m not quite found of that final four-game stretch of the season that wraps up with back-to-back games on the road.
Off the bat, we’re looking at a pair of prime-time games right off the bat. It’s as if someone who was drawing up the schedule saw an opportunity to get the Bears in front of a national audience while interest will be at its highest because everyone loves the shiny new thing.
Mitch Trubisky in his second professional season being coached up (that’s right, actual coaching) by first-year head coach Matt Nagy is something curious Bears fans who tuned out during the John Fox era will probably check in to watch – especially against the rival Packers.
Aaron Rodgers isn’t the only big-name quarterback Trubisky will square off against. In addition to division rivals Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford, Trubisky and the new-look Bears offense will go toe-to-toe with Russell Wilson, Jameis Winston, Jared Goff, and Jimmy Garoppolo. Potential revenge games against Mike Glennon (Cardinals) and Josh McCown (Jets) could be on the horizon. Chicago could also see rookie quarterbacks when they play the Cardinals, Bills, Jets, and/or Giants. The possibilities seem endless in late April.
There isn’t a soft spot anywhere on the schedule, so the Bears will have their work cut out for them and fans who saw value in their odds being at 100/1 back in March.
Other schedule highlights:
- Tom Brady’s final game at Soldier Field in Week 7? It could be…
- Even though it would be nice to host on a holiday, the Bears instead will get a Thanksgiving Day, throw-down against the Lions in Week 12.
- A game against Buccaneers for the fifth consecutive season. It’s a tradition unlike any other.
- Sorry if I jinxed a winter getaway to Miami. Instead, it’ll go down in Week 6. I hear October in Miami is alright.
- A third straight season-finale at Minnesota, but at least the game will be played indoors.
So how many wins do you have the Bears down for in 2018? It’s OK. Be honest … or optimistic. Whatever floats your boat.
I’ll be safe and say: “More than last year.”