2015 BEARS PRESEASON SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT TIME (CT) NETWORK / RADIO
Thur., Aug. 13 MIAMI DOLPHINS 7:00pm Chicago Bears Network on Fox32 Chicago / WBBM Radio
Sat., Aug. 22 at Indianapolis Colts 6:30pm Chicago Bears Network on Fox32 Chicago / WBBM Radio
Sat., Aug. 29 at Cincinnati Bengals 6:30pm Chicago Bears Network on Fox32 Chicago / WBBM Radio
Thur., Sept. 3 CLEVELAND BROWNS 7:00pm Chicago Bears Network on Fox32 Chicago / WBBM Radio
2015 BEARS REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT TIME (CT) NETWORK / RADIO
Sunday, Sept. 13 GREEN BAY PACKERS Noon FOX / WBBM Radio
Sunday, Sept. 20 ARIZONA CARDINALS Noon FOX / WBBM Radio
Sunday, Sept. 27 at Seattle Seahawks 3:25pm CBS / WBBM Radio
Sunday, Oct. 4 OAKLAND RAIDERS Noon CBS / WBBM Radio
Sunday, Oct. 11 at Kansas City Chiefs Noon * FOX / WBBM Radio
Sunday, Oct. 18 at Detroit Lions Noon * FOX / WBBM Radio
Sunday, Oct. 25 BYE WEEK
Sunday, Nov. 1 MINNESOTA VIKINGS Noon * FOX / WBBM Radio
Monday, Nov. 9 at San Diego Chargers 7:30pm ESPN / WBBM Radio
Sunday, Nov. 15 at St. Louis Rams Noon * FOX / WBBM Radio
Sunday, Nov. 22 DENVER BRONCOS Noon * CBS / WBBM Radio
Thursday, Nov. 26 at Green Bay Packers 7:30pm NBC / WBBM Radio
Sunday, Dec. 6 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS Noon * FOX / WBBM Radio
Sunday, Dec. 13 WASHINGTON REDSKINS Noon * FOX / WBBM Radio
Sunday, Dec. 20 at Minnesota Vikings Noon * FOX / WBBM Radio
Sunday, Dec. 27 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Noon * FOX / WBBM Radio
Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 DETROIT LIONS Noon * FOX / WBBM Radio
* Game times tentative and subject to flexible scheduling
2015-16 POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
Saturday & Sunday, January 9-10, 2016 AFC-NFC Wild Card Playoffs
Saturday & Sunday, January 16-17, 2016 AFC-NFC Divisional Playoffs
Sunday, January 24, 2016 AFC-NFC Championship Games
Sunday, January 31, 2016 Pro Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Sunday, February 7, 2016 Super Bowl 50, Santa Clara, Calif.
BEARS OPEN AT HOME FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR: The Bears open the regular season schedule at home for the sixth straight year, hosting the Green Bay Packers. The contest marks the first time since the 1991-96 seasons that Chicago will open the season in front of their home fans in six-straight campaigns.
Of Chicago’s last 22 season openers at home dating back to 1984, the Bears are 18-4 (.818).
BEARS OPEN SEASON VERSUS GREEN BAY AT SOLDIER FIELD: The Bears will open the regular season schedule against the Packers franchise for the 32nd time in team history. But this will be just the third time that the Bears are opening their regular season schedule against the Packers while at home. The Bears own a 17-12-2 record against Green Bay in season openers and are 1-1 in such games at home.
The only previous two season openers against the Packers that were played in Chicago came in 1979 (a 6-3 Bears victory) and 1981 (a 16-9 Green Bay win).
BEARS SCHEDULED TO PLAY TWO GAMES IN PRIMETIME: The Bears are scheduled to make two appearances on primetime television during the 2015 regular season, with both coming on the road.
In Week 9, the Bears will travel to San Diego to take on the Chargers on ESPN’s Monday Night Football (Nov. 9). Three weeks later, Chicago will battle the Packers in Green Bay on Thanksgiving Night on NBC.
Chicago went 2-3 in primetime during the 2014 regular season on NFLN’s Thursday Night Football (0-1), NBC’s Sunday Night Football (1-1), ESPN’s Monday Night Football (1-1).
The Bears are 28-36 all time on Monday Night Football (15-12 at home; 13-24 on the road); 15-21 on Sunday Night Football (5-9 at home; 10-12 on the road) and 5-5 on Thursday Night Football (2-1 at home; 3-4 on the road) during the regular season.
BEARS WILL PLAY ON THANKSGIVING FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT YEAR: The Chicago Bears will travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 26) this season. It marks the first time since 1980-81 that the Bears will play on Thanksgiving in back-to-back seasons. Chicago is 16-15-2 overall in contests played on Thanksgiving.
This will be the first time the Bears will play a team other than the Dallas Cowboys or Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving since facing the now defunct Dallas Texans in 1952 at the Rubber Bowl in Akron, Ohio.
2015 marks the 10th straight season the Bears and Packers will square off on primetime national television during the regular season with seven of those contests being played in Green Bay. It is the fifth straight year the teams will square off on primetime national television at Lambeau Field.
BEARS SET TO TRAVEL 12,576 MILES DURING 2015 SEASON: The Bears will travel approximately 12,576 miles during the 2015 season.
– Chicago’s trips to Seattle (approximately 3,442 miles) and San Diego (3,446) account for approximately 54.8 percent of their miles traveled in 2015.
– Five of the Bears 10 road trips are less than 600 miles round-trip.
BEARS BATTLE TEAMS FROM NFC WEST & AFC WEST DIVISIONS: Chicago will square off against all four teams from the NFC West and
AFC West this season.
The Bears are 146-105-7 all-time against teams for the NFC West. Chicago last faced all four teams from the NFC West in 2012, going 2-2 in those contests. This will be the ninth meeting in the last 10 years between the Bears and the Seahawks in the regular season or postseason.
Chicago is 25-24 (.500) all-time against teams from the AFC West. Chicago last faced all four teams from the AFC West in 2011, going 1-3 in those contests.
BEARS WELCOME RAIDERS TO SOLDIER FIELD FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2003: The Bears host Oakland on Sunday, October 4, welcoming back the Raiders to Soldier Field in the regular season for the first time since October 5, 2003. The previous regular season meeting between the teams marked the first win by the Bears at the then-newly renovated Soldier Field, a 24-21 victory on Paul Edinger’s 48-yard field goal as time expired.
In 2015, the Bears also host San Francisco (Week 13) and Denver (Week 11), who hold the second and third longest droughts away from Soldier Field in the regular season. San Francisco last played in Chicago during the regular season on October 29, 2006 (a 41-10 Bears victory) and Denver last played at Soldier Field during the regular season on November 25, 2007 (a 37-34 overtime win for Chicago).
BEARS TRAVEL TO KANSAS CITY FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2005: The Bears travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs on October 11, their first regular season trip to KC since December 28, 2003. That is the longest road drought for the Bears to any opponents home stadium.
In 2015, the Bears also travel to Tampa (Week 16) and San Diego (Week 9), the second and third longest road droughts away from their respective opponents’ home stadium in the regular season. Note: The Bears were the road team against Tampa Bay in their 2011 contest at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
FLEX SCHEDULING: For the second-straight season, flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time. Also, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.
“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17 as it has been in recent years. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 3. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.