The Bears will play five games in primetime, help open a new stadium and play in Detroit on Thanksgiving for the first time since 1999.
The NFL released its 2014 schedule on Wednesday night and the Bears will open the season at home in a Sunday noon game against the Bills.
In Week Two, the Bears play their first primetime game on a Sunday night, as they will travel to the Bay Area to play the first ever regular-season game in Levi’s Stadium against the 49ers.
The primetime slate continues in Week Three in the Meadowlands against the Jets on Monday Night Football. That will be the key jaunt of the season, as the Bears return home to host the rival Packers, and Julius Peppers, at noon in Week Four. They will play in Lambeau on primetime for the second year in a row, facing the Packers on Sunday Night Football in Week 10.
The other games under the lights for the Bears will be in Week 14 against Henry Melton and the Cowboys on Thursday Night Football and the following week against the Saints on Monday Night Football at Soldier Field.
The Bears have back-to-back games against the AFC East midseason. They host the Dolphins, Brandon Marshall’s former team, in Week Seven at noon and travel to Foxborough to take on Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in Week Eight at noon. They follow those two games with a bye in Week Nine.
Against the NFC South, the Bears play in Carolina against Ron Rivera's Panthers in Week Five, in Atlanta against Mike Tice, Devin Hester and the Falcons in Week Six, and the game everyone will have circled — the Bears host Lovie Smith, Josh McCown and the Buccaneers in Week 12 on Nov. 23.
Bears fans can plan for Thanksgiving in Detroit. For the first time since 1999, the Bears will play the Lions on Turkey Day — they played the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in ’04. The Bears then host the Lions in Week 16.
Chicago will conclude the season against the other divisional foe, the Vikings, at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. They host the Vikings in Week 11.
Bears 2014 Schedule
Week 1 — Sunday, 9/7 vs. Bills, 12:00 on Fox
Week 2 — Sunday, 9/14 @ 49ers, 7:30 on NBC
Week 3 — Monday, 9/22 @ Jets, 7:30 on ESPN
Week 4 — Sunday, 9/28 vs. Packers, 12:00 on Fox
Week 5 — Sunday, 10/5 @ Panthers, 12:00 on Fox
Week 6 — Sunday, 10/12 @ Falcons, 12:00 on Fox
Week 7 — Sunday, 10/19 vs. Dolphins, 12:00 on CBS
Week 8 — Sunday, 10/26 @ Patriots, 12:00 on Fox
Week 9 — Bye Week
Week 10 — Sunday, 11/9 @ Packers, 7:30 on NBC
Week 11 — Sunday, 11/16 vs. Vikings, 12:00 on Fox
Week 12 — Sunday, 11/23 vs. Buccaneers, 12:00 on Fox
Week 13 — Thursday, 11/27 @ Lions, 11:30 on CBS
Week 14 — Thursday, 12/4 vs. Cowboys, 7:25 on NFL Network
Week 15 — Monday, 12/15 vs. Saints, 7:30 on ESPN
Week 16 — Sunday, 12/21 vs. Lions, 12:00 on Fox
Week 17 — Sunday, 12/28 @ Vikings, 12:00 on Fox