It may not carry quite the weight of the regular season slate, which will be announced later this year, but on Wednesday the Chicago Bears revealed the four opponents they will take on when the NFL preseason begins this August.
The Bears will welcome Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles to Soldier Field to kick off the preseason, with that game taking place between Aug. 7 and 10. They will also welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Windy City on Aug. 14 to wrap up the home portion of their schedule in a nationally televised contest (to be aired on ESPN).
After those two games, the Bears will hit the road for their final two tests, with the all-important third preseason game (the one that starters play the most snaps) taking place in Seattle against the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks. They will wrap up the preseason slate with a trip to Cleveland to take on the rebuilding Browns in a game that will likely feature only token appearances by the main players on the roster.
The only repeat opponent on the schedule are the Browns, who beat the Bears 18-16 in the preseason finale last season. The Bears went 2-2 in those four games, with wins against the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.
Before the preseason begins, the Bears will have their OTA workouts in late May and early June, with a mandatory minicamp slated at Halas Hall from June 17-19. The team has yet to announce the official start date for training camp, held at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, but camp will open sometime around the end of July.