The Chicago Bears 2017 preseason schedule has been announced.
As we inch our way closer to the NFL Draft, the announcement of the NFL schedule cannot be too far off. As the league likes to drag out the process, the first step in releasing the full NFL schedule is to announce the preseason opponents and approximate schedule. The Chicago Bears now know who they’ll be playing and when they’ll be playing. Let’s check out the Bears 2017 preseason schedule:
The Bears will open the preseason schedule at home against the Denver Broncos. It just won’t be the same without Jay Cutler, will it? At least we get still get the awkward John Fox/John Elway storyline with Fox’s former boss bringing the Broncos to town.
Instead, Mike Glennon will make his Chicago Bears debut against the vaunted Broncos defense. Last season, the Broncos were relentless in their blitzing in the first preseason game, an uncommon approach as teams ease into live action, as the Broncos skunked the Bears 22-0.
The Bears will pack their bags and head out to Arizona for Week 2 of the preseason. The Cardinals missed the playoffs last season with a 7-8-1 record and you can be sure that Bruce Arians will be looking for a bounce back season. Will Carson Palmer be under center? Will the Cardinals be grooming a new QB?
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In the all-important third preseason game, the Bears will head to Nashville to visit the Tennessee Titans for a nationally televised game on Fox. If memory serves, the last time the Bears visited the Titans, the fans drank Nashville out of beer as the Bears rolled the Titans. This might be a good road trip if you can’t swing a trip or tickets during the regular season.
Of course, last season the Bears comeback against the Titans came up just short, falling through the wide open hands of wide receivers Joshua Bellamy and Marquees Wilson as the Bears dropped their Week 12 tilt 27-21. Because that’s what 3-13 teams do.
Of course it wouldn’t be a preseason finale without a matchup against the Cleveland Browns and that’s just what the Bears will get for the umpteenth season. It Bears watching if the Browns top two draft picks will see any action as the last game is usually a throw-away for players that are expected to make any serious contributions during the regular season. Last season, the Browns gave their starters some reps while the Bears started off with their second strings on both sides of the ball. In the end, it didn’t matter since the Bears notched their only win of the preseason.
Stay tuned for the regular season schedule, which is usually announced around the end of April. We already know the Bears opponents for 2017:
Green Bay Packers
San Francisco 49ers
@ Green Bay Packers
@ Detroit Lions
@ Minnesota Vikings
@ New Orleans Saints
@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
@ Baltimore Ravens
@ Cincinnati Bengals
@ Philadelphia Eagles
It will be fun to plan your season. It can only get better after 2016’s 3-13 stink bomb!