A brief game-by-game look at the Bears' 2019 schedule
Week 1: Bears vs. Green Bay Packers (Thursday Night Football)
The NFL’s (and the Bears’) 100th season celebration kicks off with the first primetime Bears-Packers at Soldier since 2008. Adrian Amos returns to Chicago! HaHa Clinton Dix against the Packers! It’s going to be a blast.
Week 2: Bears at Denver Broncos
The Vic Fangio game! And also to a bit lesser an extent, the Bryce Callahan game! Watching Nagy and Fangio game plan against one another is the headliner here, though watching Fangio game plan against Trubisky comes in a close second.
Week 3: Bears at Washington (Monday Night Football)
This is probably the most winnable road game on the Bears schedule? Washington figures to be a mess this season, even with Case Keenum stepping in for Mark Sanchez. DC’s front 7 will make life miserable for the Bears’ OL, though.
Week 4: Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
A Kirk Cousins-Stefon Diggs touchdown with less than a minute left made this 25-20 game closer than it actually was last year. This was the Bears’ coming out party last year, despite a late hit on Trubisky that saw him miss two games. Hopefully Trubisky stays away from Harrison Smith this time.
Week 5: Bears vs. Oakland Raiders (London)
*Sighs* The NFL making sure Khalil Mack’s revenge game happens on another continent is just so … lame. The Bears opening the NFL’s tenancy in Tottenham’s new stadium is a nice little wrinkle, but this game should have happened in Oakland.
Week 7: Bears vs. New Orleans Saints
The Bears are lucky to draw the Saints away from their cozy and deafening dome. Between dropping into pass coverage against Brees and being tested vs the run with Alvin Kamara, this feels like a check-in game for Roquan Smith’s development.
Week 8: Bears vs. LA Chargers
The Chargers come into Chicago bringing Mitch Trubisky one of the tallest tasks he’s faced as an NFL QB so far. Desmond King II and Derwin James are both All-Pro caliber players, and the Chargers secondary is bursting at the seams with size and speed. Will they play 7 guys in the secondary like they did against Baltimore in last year’s Wild Card?
Week 9: Bears at Philadelphia Eagles
Nothing can ever erase Double-Doink, but smoking the Eagles in Philly sure wouldn’t hurt. Matt Nagy gets to go up against Doug Peterson for the first time, so that week will surely be full of complimentary soundbites and quirky anecdotes.
Week 10: Bears vs. Detroit Lions
Trubisky torched the -- admittedly very poor -- Lions’ defense at Soldier last year, throwing for 355 and 3 TDs. Justin Coleman and Trey Flowers were nice additions for Detroit, even if the consensus is that the Lions may have overpaid. The Bears should win this game, but it’s not a surefire cakewalk, either.
Week 11: Bears at LA Rams (Sunday Night Football)
Kinda hard to see how the Bears hold LA without a touchdown for a 2nd straight year, but anything’s possible I guess. It’s nice that it's a late-season trip, so maybe the Bears catch a break from that brutal December-in-Chicago weather. The Colliseum on a Sunday Night (Tune in on NBC!) will be pretty sweet.
Week 12: Bears vs. NY Giants
The Bears will want this one. After Chase Daniel and Tarik Cohen almost led a miraculous comeback against the Giants in the Meadowlands last year, Chicago will be gunning to pick up a W against what should be a pretty lousy Giants squad. Just stop Saquon Barkley and let Eli do Eli things.
Week 13: Bears at Detroit Lions
Another Thanksgiving spent in Detroit! Last season it was Chase Daniel and Tarik Cohen Wheel-Routing their way up and down the field for an ugly win on like, two days rest. After all the flack they got for their schedule mishap last Fall, I doubt the Bears and INSERT TEAM game gets flexed into that Sunday night again.
Week 14: Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys
Two Thursday games in a row, it seems. America’s Team! Dak Prescott! Ezekiel Elliott! The Cowboys always draw a big crowd, and there should be big names on both sides of the ball at all times in this one. Let’s just hope the well-traveling Cowboys contingency stays at home.
Week 15: Bears at Green Bay Packers
The Bears first return to Lambeau Field since the disaster that was Week 1 of the 2018 season. Matt Nagy gets a chance to redeem himself and a team that saw Aaron Rodgers rip out their hearts in the 2nd half of that game.
Week 16: Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday Night Football)
Maybe the biggest non-divisional game on the Bears’ schedule in 2019. And on Sunday Night Football, no less. (Tune in on NBC!) Pat Mahomes vs. the Bears defense is MADE for primetime television. That it’s in Week 16 means we might be treated to some additional and exciting postseason implications, but it could also mean that neither team has anything to play for.
Week 17: Bears at Minnesota Vikings
Another season finale in Minnesota! The Bears embarrassed the Vikings in Minnesota last season with a Vikings playoff berth on the line. If the Vikings are going to ride with a redemption narrative all season, it’s hard to see how this game doesn’t get circled in Minnesota’s locker room.