The NFL released its entire 2017 schedule Thursday night, featuring two primetime games and a Saturday afternoon game for the Chicago Bears. Here are some of the highlights from the Bears’ slate:
- A season-opener at home against the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons. The Bears will open up at home for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. They also opened up the 2011 season against the Falcons at Soldier Field and won that game 30-12.
- “The Mike Glennon Game” — Glennon will face his former team Week 2 in Tampa, getting an opportunity to beat Jameis Winston, who took his job. It’s the third straight year the Bears will play in Tampa, bringing back memories of the old NFC Central era.
- For the seventh year in a row, the Bears’ game at Lambeau Field will be played in primetime. In fact, they’ll play on Thursday night in Green Bay for the third straight season and the fourth time in the last six years. Eight of the Bears’ last nine games in Green Bay have been played under the lights and they are just 2-6 in those games.
- The Bears’ only Monday night game of the season will come at home against the Vikings on Oct. 9. The Bears beat the Vikings 20-10 at Soldier Field on Monday night (Halloween) last season.
- For any Northwestern fans, the Wildcats play at Maryland Saturday, Oct. 14 and the Bears play at Baltimore Sunday, Oct. 15.
- Bears general manager Ryan Pace will return to New Orleans to face his former organization Oct. 29. Pace worked for the Saints from 2001-14 before getting the GM job with the Bears.
- The Bears will play a Saturday game in Detroit on Dec. 16.
- For the third time in four seasons, the Bears will end their regular season with a road game at Minnesota.
Here is the entire 2017 Bears schedule (all times CENTRAL):
Sunday, Sept. 10 (Noon) — Atlanta Falcons
Sunday, Sept. 17 (Noon) — at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, Sept. 24 (Noon) — Pittsburgh Steelers
Thursday, Sept 28 (7:25) — at Green Bay Packers
Monday, Oct. 9 (7:30) — vs Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, Oct. 15 (Noon) — at Baltimore Ravens
Sunday, Oct. 22 (Noon) — Carolina Panthers
Sunday, Oct. 29 (Noon) — at New Orleans Saints
Sunday, Nov. 5 — BYE WEEK
Sunday, Nov. 12 (Noon) — Green Bay Packers
Sunday, Nov. 19 (Noon) — Detroit Lions
Sunday, Nov. 26 (Noon) — at Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, Dec. 3 (Noon) — San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, Dec. 10 (Noon) — at Cincinnati Bengals
Saturday, Dec. 16 (3:30) — at Detroit Lions
Sunday, Dec. 24 (Noon) — vs Cleveland Browns
Sunday, Dec. 31 (Noon) — at Minnesota Vikings