The Chicago Bears' seemingly favorable 2012 schedule was released on Tuesday night, a slate characterized by prime time games. Chicago has three Monday night contests on the schedule, and also have one on Sunday night. In Week 10, on Nov. 11, the Bears will host the Houston Texans with the bright lights of NBC shining down on Soldier Field.
The Texans finally broke through to the playoffs last season for the first time in franchise history, and even earned a win. Houston downed the Cincinnati Bengals in a meeting of two rookie quarterbacks in the opening round before falling to the Baltimore Ravens. With quarterback Matt Schaub returning from injury and his favorite target, wide receiver Andre Johnson, as destructive as ever, the Texans will certainly be a formidable opponent for Chicago.
The NFL announced the full 2012 schedule on Tuesday night, and with it, the slate of Monday Night Football games. The Chicago Bears will play on Monday night a total of three times; they'll travel to Dallas in Week 4, host the Detroit Lions in Week 7 and visit the 49ers in Week 11.
The NFL expanded its slate of Thursday night games, and now each team in the league will have an opportunity to play in prime time on the NFL Network. The Chicago Bears will travel to Green Bay for a Thursday night game in Week 2, which is the first Thursday night game of the season.
As the release of the 2012 NFL schedules nears (6:00 p.m. CT, with coverage by the NFL Network and ESPN), some details are beginning to leak. According to this report from Pro Football Weekly, the Chicago Bears are set to open the NFL Network's Thursday night schedule in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers.
Multiple reports saying the first Thursday night game on the NFL Network slate is #Bears at #Packers. Would be in Week Two.