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BREAKING: Chicago Bears 2021 Schedule Released

The 2021 NFL schedules have finally been released. Take a look at when and where the Bears play their opponents this year.

Chicago Bears 2021 Schedule
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The NFL finally released the full slate of games for the 2021 season this evening. However, this year will mark the first time in forty-three years that the NFL will expand their schedule. In 1978, the league went from a 14-game schedule to the 16-game schedule everyone has grown accustomed to. Nevertheless, the NFL will sport a 17-game schedule for the first time ever.

As a result, in typical fashion, there were multiple schedule leaks trickling in, leading up to the official schedule release. A lot of which were unconfirmed reports. However, the league officially confirmed the Week One matchups. In Week One, the Chicago Bears will open the season on Sunday Night Football in Los Angeles against the Rams.

Now, here is a look at the Chicago Bears’ full 2021 NFL Schedule:

DateWeekOpponentTime (CT)Channel
Sun, 9/121at Los Angeles Rams7:20pmNBCSNF
Sun, 9/192vs. Cincinnati Bengals12:00pmTBD
Sun, 9/263at Cleveland Browns12:00pmTBD
Sun, 10/34vs. Detroit Lions12:00pmTBD
Sun, 10/105at Las Vegas Raiders3:05pmTBD
Sun, 10/176vs. Green Bay Packers12:00pmTBD
Sun, 10/247at Tampa Bay Buccaneers3:25pmTBD
Sun, 10/318vs. San Francisco 49ers12:00pmTBD
Mon, 11/89at Pittsburgh Steelers7:15pmESPNMNF
Sun, 11/1410BYE WEEK
Sun, 11/2111vs. Baltimore Ravens12:00pmTBD
Sun, 11/2512at Detroit Lions11:30amTBDThanksgiving
Sun, 12/513vs. Arizona Cardinals12:00pmTBD
Sun, 12/1214at Green Bay Packers7:20pmNBCSNF
Sun, 12/2015vs. Minnesota Vikings7:15pmESPNMNF
Sun, 12/2616at Seattle Seahawks3:05pmTBD
Sun, 1/217vs. New York Giants12:00pmTBD
Sun, 1/918at Minnesota Vikings12:00pmTBD

Primetime Bears?

Despite a lackluster performance in 2020, the Bears find themselves under the bright lights for a handful of times again in 2021. The NFL has them penciled in for four games in primetime (not including the Thanksgiving game). This may be in direct correlation to the Justin Fields pick. While it’s great being showcased in front of a national audience, it’s a little disappointing how skewed it is against the Bears. In fact, of the five total games in primetime, only one is played at Soldier Field. This is even more disappointing considering the Bears will finally have fans back in the seats.

Here is a quick rundown of all the games the Bears will play in primetime in 2021.

  • Week 1: at Los Angeles Rams (SNF)
  • Week 9: at Pittsburgh Steelers (MNF)
  • Week 12: at Detroit Lions (Thanksgiving)
  • Week 14: at Green Bay Packers (SNF)
  • Week 15: vs. Minnesota Vikings (MNF)

Strength of Schedule

The Bears were deemed to have the third-toughest schedule this upcoming season based off the 2020 standings. While last year’s results have no barring on what happens in 2021, it’s still an interesting nugget.

Per @ButkusStats here are some numbers that would validate or disprove some of the strength of schedule concerns.

Bears fans how are we feeling about this schedule? Which games are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments and/or replies.


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