The Chicago Bears will release their official 2020 schedule Thursday evening at 7:30 ET, but that won’t be stopping the numerous leaks about who their upcoming opponents will be. These leaks generally tend to trickle in throughout the day of the schedule release, and we’re going to keep track of them as they do.
The Bears finished 8-8 last season, a disappointment after winning the NFC North the year prior. Matt Nagy and company have added veteran players like Nick Foles, Jimmy Graham, and Ted Ginn Jr. to the mix with the hope of addressing areas of weakness on offense.
On defense, they have also added veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn, who was the sack leader for the Dallas Cowboys last season, along with former Texans safety Tashaun Gipson. Both players should make 2019’s sixth overall defense even scarier, but how well this team gels as a whole will be fascinating to watch.
The 2020 NFL season is slated to kick off Thursday, September 10. Here’s what we know so far about what the Bears 2020 schedule looks like. NOTE: This is NOT the Bears official team schedule. This is a report and an accumulation of leaks from NFL insiders only.
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Bears 2020 Schedule Leaks: AFC First? Not So Fast…
ESPN’s John Clayton went on 93.7 The Fan Wednesday and announced that for the first four weeks of the 2020 NFL season, the NFC will take on the AFC.
This has already been refuted by at least one reputable source, however: Danny Parkins of Chicago radio’s 670 The Score.
In addition to playing their divisional rivals in the North twice in 2020, Chicago will host games against the Saints, Giants, Buccaneers, Texans and Colts. They will be on the road against the Rams, Jaguars, Titans, Falcons and Panthers.
The Twitter account NFL Schedule Leaks released a photo of a hard copy of the Bears 2020 schedule, and it lined up perfectly with every leak leading up to it. NFL analyst Dov Kleiman seconded that information shortly after on Twitter.
Bears 2020 Preseason Schedule:
Game 1: Browns at Bears
Game 2: Bears at Broncos
Game 3: 49ers at Bears
Game 4: Bears at Titans
Bears 2020 NFL Schedule:
Week 1: Bears at Lions (via Danny Parkins)
Week 2: New York Giants at Chicago
Week 3: At Atlanta Falcons
Week 4: Colts at Chicago
Week 5: Tampa Bay at Chicago (Thursday Night Football)
Week 6: At Carolina Panthers
Week 7: LA Rams at Chicago (Monday Night Football)
Week 8: Saints at Chicago
Week 9: Bears at Tennessee Titans (source)
Week 10: Bears at Vikings for Monday Night Football (via Danny Parkins)
Week 11: BYE WEEK
Week 12: At Green Bay for Sunday Night Football (via Danny Parkins)
Week 13: Detroit at Chicago
Week 14: Texans at Chicago
Week 15: Bears at Vikings
Week 16: Bears at Jaguars
Week 17: Green Bay at Chicago
If the leaks are accurate, the Bears will have four prime time games this upcoming season. They have played on Thanksgiving for the last two years, beating the Detroit Lions in both games. Chicago played in three Thursday night games in 2019 including the Thanksgiving contest, and they had three other night games last year.
The Bears will finish the season with what could be a crucial divisional matchup: they host the longtime rival Packers at Soldier Field. It will mark the first time since 1974 Chicago hasn’t finished the season against the Vikings.