On Thursday night, the Chicago Bears, along with the rest of the NFL, finally Now that the Bear have released their schedule we now know who, when, and where they will play this upcoming season. There are a lot of very interesting matchups this year, and with an improved roster around QB Justin Fields, there is a lot of hope and optimism throughout the fan base. Here’s a look at some of the notable match-ups.
Week 1 and 18 – vs Green Bay Packers
With Aaron Rodgers being traded to the New York Jets this offseason, a new era has arrived in Green Bay. With the four-time MVP gone from northern Wisconsin, there’s also a new era in the storied Bears-Packers rivalry. The 2020 first-round draft pick Jordan Love will be the starting quarterback for the Packers, and during Week 1, he’ll be making his second career appearance as a starter in the NFL against the Bears. A player to watch on the Green Bay side of things is WR Christian Watson, who really got it going in the second half of last season, scoring seven touchdowns after Week 10 (He scored 0 TD’s before that.).
Week 3 – vs Kansas City Chiefs
The Bears head to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been the best in the game for quite some time now, and his Super Bowl season only reinforced that. Last year, he led the league in passing yards (5,250) and passing touchdowns (41). Tight end Travis Kelce was his main target, with 1,338 receiving yards and 12 TDs. This should be a really fun game, with two electric quarterbacks in Fields and Mahomes.
Week 8 – vs Los Angeles Chargers
Another primetime matchup (this time on Sunday Night Football), it sees the Bears head to SoFi Stadium in LA to take on Justin Herbert and the Chargers. Last year, the Chargers finished the season with a 10-7 record, earning a Wild Card berth. After leading 27-0 in the second quarter of the Wild Card game against Jacksonville, the team collapsed, losing 31-30 on a game-winning field goal. Despite the loss, LA is looking to make a statement this year, and taking on the Bears at home on Sunday Night Football is one step. Chicago is looking to pull off the upset.
Week 10 – vs. Carolina Panthers
Yet another primetime matchup, and the second on Thursday Night Football, the Bears take on Carolina at Soldier Field. This offseason, the Bears traded the #1 overall pick to the Panthers in exchange for this year’s #9 selection (which turned into the #10 pick, which turned out to be OT Darnell Wright) and multiple future selections and star WR DJ Moore. That #1 pick turned out to be Alabama QB Bryce Young. With a revamped linebacker room and strong secondary, let’s hope the Bears defense can be hard on the rookie.
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By Jermale Dabney, Sophomore, Lindblom Math and Science Academy
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