Hoge: 2019 Chicago Bears Schedule Revealed

A fan cheers on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The NFL officially released the 2019 schedule Wednesday night, but details about the Bears’ schedule leaked out early, mostly thanks to WGN Radio’s Harry Teinowitz, who always manages to get his hands on the schedule early. Here’s a look at the Bears’ complete slate in 2019, which is littered with intriguing matchups and primetime kickoffs:

Week 1 — Packers at Bears (Thursday, Sept. 5, 7:20 p.m. CT on NBC)

The league already announced the Bears will host the Packers at Soldier Field to kickoff the 2019 NFL season. The game will be accompanied by an all-day festival in Grant Park, which will include yet to be announced musical acts and a viewing party during the game.

Way too early prediction: Win

Week 2 — Bears at Broncos (Sunday, Sept. 15, 3:25 p.m. CT on FOX)

The Bears will get their first crack at former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who accepted the Broncos head coaching job in January. Amazingly, Denver is 21-1 at home in Weeks 1 and 2 since 2001, but the Bears figure to be a road favorite.

Way too early prediction: Win

Week 3 — Bears at Washington (Monday, Sept. 23, 7:15 p.m. CT on ESPN)

The Bears’ only Monday night game comes in Week 3, which means new safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will play both of his former teams in the first three weeks of the season. Somehow this is the first ever matchup between the Bears and Washington on Monday Night Football.

Way too early prediction: Win

Week 4 — Vikings at Bears (Sunday, Sept. 29, 3:25 p.m. CT on CBS)

CBS grabs a coveted NFC North matchup in its late-afternoon window as the Bears continue to get exposure to most of the country.

Way too early prediction: Win

Week 5 — Bears vs Raiders in London (Sunday, Oct. 6, Noon CT on FOX)

The Bears finally get a Noon game, but it’s in London so kickoff will actually be at 6 p.m. in the United Kingdom. That three night games for the Bears in the first five weeks. The story in London will be about the first ever NFL played in the brand new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (62,062), which just recently opened.

Way too early prediction: Win

Week 6 — Bye Week

The Bears will get a break after flying home from London. Will they be 5-0?

Week 7 — Saints at Bears (Sunday, Oct. 20, 3:25 p.m. CT on FOX)

It’s another national late-afternoon window for this tantalizing matchup between two 2018 playoff teams.

Way too early prediction: Loss

Week 8 — Chargers at Bears (Sunday, Oct. 27, Noon on FOX)

The schedule doesn’t get any easier as Philip Rivers comes to town for the first time since that 2011 game in which Jay Cutler broke his thumb, sending the season into a spiral. It’s pretty amazing that the Bears’ first actual Noon game won’t come until Week 8.

Way too early prediction: Win

Week 9 — Bears at Eagles (Sunday, Nov. 3, Noon on FOX)

With a bye week and two straight home games, the Bears will have nearly a month in between going to London and their next road game in Philadelphia. That hardly makes this stretch any easier, however, as the Bears will try to get revenge on the team that knocked them out of the playoffs in January.

Way too early prediction: Win

Week 10 — Lions at Bears (Sunday, Nov. 10, Noon on CBS)

It’s a good thing when the most boring opponent on your home slate is a division rival.

Way too early prediction: Win

Week 11 — Bears at Rams (Sunday, Nov. 17, 7:20 p.m. on NBC)

The game we all thought we would see in January will actually happen on Sunday Night Football in November. Get ready for the Coliseum to be packed with Bears fans.

Way too early prediction: Win

Week 12 — Giants at Bears (Sunday, Nov. 24, Noon on FOX)

The Giants handed the Bears one of their four losses in 2018, a 30-27 overtime loss in New Jersey. These teams will also meet in Week 2 of the preseason, with the Giants hosting.

Way too early prediction: Win

Week 13 — Bears at Lions (Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 11:30 a.m. on FOX)

The Bears will play the Lions on Thanksgiving for the second straight season. Last year, they beat the Lions 23-16 in Detroit without quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who suffered a shoulder injury four days earlier. Why the Thanksgiving repeat? Last year’s game was on CBS. Obviously FOX liked what it saw.

Way too early prediction: Loss

Week 14 — Cowboys at Bears (Thursday, Dec. 5, 7:20 p.m. on FOX)

The Bears will play back-to-back Thursday night games (and three total), but only the Thanksgiving game will be on a short week and they will benefit from having two “mini-byes.”

Way too early prediction: Win

Week 15 — Bears at Packers (Sunday, Dec. 15, Noon on FOX)

Unless this game ends up getting flexed to primetime, the Bears and Packers will play their first afternoon game at Lambeau Field since the 2010 season.

Way too early prediction: Win

Week 16 — Chiefs at Bears (Sunday, Dec. 22, 7:20 p.m. on NBC)

The much anticipated Andy Reid-Matt Nagy matchup will happen on Sunday Night Football and barring some major injury, it should have playoff implications.

Way too early prediction: Win

Week 17 — Bears at Vikings (Sunday, Dec. 29, Noon on FOX)

The Bears will end the regular season in Minneapolis for the fourth straight season and the fifth time in six years.

Way too early prediction: Loss

Way too early season prediction: 13-3

(My real 2019 prediction won’t come until right before that Week 1 game against the Packers.)

The Takeaway

While the 2019 schedule is much tougher, I actually think the schedule makers did the Bears some favors in how it sets up. For example, three Thursday night games sounds like a terrible thing, but only one of them (Thanksgiving in Detroit) will come on a short week and the Bears will gain a second “mini-bye” out of it, which always helps with rest and recovery. And while the Bears have to go to London this year, that will be their only road trip in a five-week stretch that also includes the bye. They avoid going on the road after their only Monday night game (that always makes a short week even shorter) and their only road primetime game against a 2018 playoff team is in Los Angeles, where the Bears will probably have more fans in attendance than the Rams. Yes, it’s a daunting schedule, but the Bears are talented enough to navigate it.

Adam Hoge covers the Chicago Bears for WGN Radio and WGNRadio.com. He also hosts “The Hoge & Jahns Podcast.” Follow him on Twitter at @AdamHoge.

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