If you’re the type who likes to lay things out and make plans well ahead of schedule, then this news is for you:
— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) April 16, 2019
The NFL is set to release its schedule at 7 p.m. CT on Wednesday during a television special on NFL Network. We already know the Bears and Packers will kick off the festivities for the league’s 100th season on Thursday, September 5 at Soldier Field. Soon enough, we’ll know what lies ahead for the Bears and the rest of the league.
Reminder: Bears regular-season (and preseason) single-game tickets go on sale one hour after the schedule is released. Good luck to everyone trying to get the hottest tickets in town.
The Bears’ 2019 opponents include six 2018 playoff teams, but four of those games will be played at Soldier Field. That fearsome foursome includes the Saints, Chiefs, Chargers, and Cowboys, so one can figure those tickets to be among the hottest (in addition to the Week 1 opener against the Packers).
It was around this time last year when we were viewing the Bears’ 2018 schedule as an opportunity for the team to raise its profile. Remember, four teams that made the playoffs the year before (Rams, Vikings, Bills, Patriots) were on their schedule and two division rivals (Packers, Lions) were just one year removed from postseason appearances. One year later, we find ourselves looking at a Bears team looking to establish that 2018 was no fluke and will do it against a schedule of opponents that is as challenging as the season before.