On Wednesday night, the NFL officially announced the 2012 schedule, and now we know the dates and times for all 16 . Chicago will open the season at home against the new-look regular season gamesIndianapolis Colts, and they'll follow that with a big Thursday night game in Green Bay in Week 2.
The Bears will get plenty of national TV time, as they're set for five prime time games.
Below is the full 2012 Chicago Bears schedule, with dates, times and TV info. (Note: game times -- and TV coverage, potentially -- subject to change for Weeks 11 through 17.)
Week 1 -- vs. Indianapolis Colts [Sunday, Sept. 9, noon CT, CBS]
Week 2 -- at Green Bay Packers [Thursday, Sept. 13, 7:20 p.m. CT, NFL Network]
Week 3 -- vs. St. Louis Rams [Sunday, Sept. 23, noon CT, FOX]
Week 4 -- at Dallas Cowboys
Week 5 -- at Jacksonville Jaguars [Sunday, Oct. 7, 3:05 p.m. CT, FOX]
Week 6 -- BYE
Week 7 -- vs. Detroit Lions
Week 8 --vs. Carolina Panthers [Sunday, Oct. 28, noon CT, FOX]
Week 9 -- at Tennessee Titans [Sunday, Nov. 4, noon CT, FOX]
Week 10 -- vs. Houston Texans
Week 11 -- at San Francisco 49ers
Week 12 --vs. Minnesota Vikings [Sunday, Nov. 25, noon CT, FOX]
Week 13 -- vs. Seattle Seahawks [Sunday, Dec. 2, noon CT, FOX]
Week 14 --at Minnesota Vikings [Sunday, Dec. 9, noon CT, FOX]
Week 15 --vs. Green Bay Packers [Sunday, Dec. 16, noon CT, FOX]
Week 16 --at Arizona Cardinals [Sunday, Dec. 23, 3:15 p.m. CT, FOX]
Week 17 -- at Detroit Lions [Sunday, Dec. 30, noon CT, FOX]
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