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Bears 2020 Schedule: Teddy Bridgewater leads Panthers into post-Cam Newton era

Bears 2020 Schedule: Teddy Bridgewater leads Panthers into post-Cam Newton era

The game
After a two-game homestand, the Bears will hit the road in Week 6 to play the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte. The last time these two faced off in October 2017, it was Eddie Jackson’s coming-out party. The safety returned a fumble and an interception for 75+ yard touchdowns in a 17-3 win for John Fox over his former team. 

Player to watch
For the third week in a row early in the season, the Bears will see a new face at quarterback for the opposing team. Teddy Bridgewater was rumored to be a Bears target during free agency but ultimately signed a three-year, $63 million contract with the Panthers. New Carolina offensive coordinator Joe Brady worked with Bridgewater two years ago in New Orleans, so the fit there is obvious, especially with limited reps this offseason due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Additions and subtractions
Signing Bridgewater spelled the end of the Cam Newton era in Carolina, as the former MVP was released after the Panthers couldn’t find a trade partner. Another notable face in a new place is tight end Greg Olsen, who moved on to Seattle. New to the franchise is head coach Matt Rhule, who was hired away from Baylor.

Carolina spent the seventh overall pick on Auburn DT Derrick Brown, later selecting Southern Illinois safety Jeremy Chinn in the second round.

Key storyline
Bridgewater performed quite well in relief of Drew Brees last year, but he’s only started 16 games in a season once in his career. How he handles being a full-time starter for the first time since his Vikings days will be something to keep an eye on, as will Rhule as he begins to put his stamp on the program.

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2020 Chicago Bears schedule: A full 16-week look at the Bears' 2020 season

2020 Chicago Bears schedule: A full 16-week look at the Bears' 2020 season

Without further ado, the Chicago Bears' 2020 season

Week 1: at Detroit Lions, 12pm
Week 2: New York Giants, 12pm
Week 3: at Atlanta Falcons, 12pm
Week 4: Indianapolis Colts, 12pm
Week 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7:20pm (TNF)
Week 6: at Carolina Panthers, 12pm
Week 7: at Los Angeles Rams, 7:15pm (MNF)
Week 8: New Orleans Saints, 3:25pm
Week 9: at Tennessee Titans, 12pm
Week 10: Minnesota Vikings, 7:15 pm(MNF)
Week 11: BYE 
Week 12: at Green Bay Packers, 7:20pm (SNF)
Week 13: Detroit Lions, 12pm
Week 14: Houston Texans, 12pm
Week 15: at Minnesota Vikings, 12pm
Week 16: at Jacksonville Jaguars, 12pm
Week 17: Green Bay Packers, 12pm

Two road games in the first three weeks?! Nick Foles delivers sweet Christmas revenge to the Jaguars in Week 16?! Tompa Bay Thursday Night?! Here's some immediate reaction to everything we just learned about the Bears' 2020 schedule. 

The Carolina Panthers "tried to send Cam Newton to the Bears," per report

The Carolina Panthers "tried to send Cam Newton to the Bears," per report

The Bears made their move at quarterback last week, but that doesn't mean they'll be left out of other quarterback rumors. 

This week's edition: Cam Newton. Again! The 2015 MVP will reportedly be released by the Panthers today, a last-resort option after Carolina couldn't find a trade suitor. They did their due diligence, though, and that reportedly included chatting with Ryan Pace: 

Clearly the two sides weren't able to find a deal, as the Bears are now rolling with Mitch Trubisky and then, eventually, Nick Foles. They weren't even willing to give Teddy Bridgewater the starting job, so it's not entirely surprising that they weren't going to give it to Newton, who is an even bigger question mark, either.

There's a not-totally-unreasonable scenario, though, where Newton gets healthy and returns to being a productive starter for another team, giving a *very* vocal section of the fanbase even more gasoline for the fire. Being a general manager sure sounds fun!

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