Bears will face Seahawks in third preseason game
BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter April 9, 2014 10:27PM
Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould (9) kicks off during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Week 1 Philadelphia Eagles
TBA (between Aug. 7 and 10), Fox-32.
Week 2 Jacksonville Jaguars
Thursday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m., ESPN.
Week 3 at Seattle Seahawks
TBA (between Aug. 21 and 24), Fox-32.
Week 4 at Cleveland Browns
TBA (likely Aug. 28), Fox-32.
Updated: April 9, 2014 10:53PM
The Bears’ third preseason game will be on the road against the reigning Super Bowl champions.
In the game featuring the most playing time for starters and relevant backups, the new-look Bears will face the Seahawks between Aug. 21 and 24.
The NFL announced its preseason schedule Wednesday. In the Bears’ case, it gave a range of dates for three games and a solid date and time for the other.
The team will open at home against the Eagles — who beat the Bears 54-11 in December — between Aug. 7 and 10.
The Bears will host the Jaguars on Aug. 14. The 7 p.m. game will air on ESPN. The other three will be broadcast on Fox-32.
The Bears’ last two preseason games will be on the road — in Seattle and Cleveland, the latter most likely Aug. 28.
The Bears have concluded the preseason against the Browns every year since 2004, rotating home games.
Game dates and times likely will be announced later this month, when the league also will unveil the regular-season schedule.
Pro Bowl to Arizona
Super Bowl week will kick off with the Pro Bowl, as the NFL announced it has moved next season’s all-star game to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
The game will be played at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25 — exactly one week before the Super Bowl will be held at the same venue.
It’s the third time both games will be held at the same locale; Los Angeles hosted both in 1967, and South Florida did the same in 2010.
The league will keep last season’s “unconferenced” format, in which players were selected regardless of AFC or NFC affiliation and distributed via a fantasy--style draft.
The Pro Bowl will return to Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium — its home for all but one game since 1979 — on Jan. 31, 2016, with the Super Bowl the next week in Santa Clara, Calif.
Hester tweets fans
New Falcon Devin Hester still can’t get Chicago out of his head. On Wednesday, he tweeted an image of himself in a Bears uniform. “To all my Bears fans, I never wanted to leave the Bears,” he wrote. “The organization decided to go another route with me. The things I did in Chicago probably would never happen again and I always wanted to retire as a Bear.”