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Bears' 2013 preseason schedule announced

The Bears' 2013 preseason slate announced Thursday features a nationally-televised game and a match-up against the team that new coach Mark Trestman helped reach the Super Bowl.

After opening the preseason the weekend of Aug. 8-11 on the road against the Carolina Panthers, the Bears will host the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field on Thursday, Aug. 15 in a game that will be broadcast across the country by ESPN.


Jay Cutler and the Bears will open their 2013 preseason schedule in Carolina.The Bears will then hit the road the weekend of Aug. 22-25 to face the Oakland Raiders, the team that Trestman worked for from 2001-03. As offensive coordinator in 2002, he helped quarterback Rich Gannon earn NFL MVP honors after completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 4,689 yards with 26 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 97.3 passer rating.

The Raiders advanced to the Super Bowl in 2002, losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Current Bears assistants Aaron Kromer (offensive coordinator/offensive line) and Skip Peete (running backs) were also on Oakland's coaching staff that season.

The Bears will then close the preseason by hosting the Cleveland Browns, most likely on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Soldier Field.

Exact dates and times for the games versus the Panthers, Raiders and Browns will be released at a later date. All three of those contests will be produced and broadcast by the Chicago Bears Network in high definition and shown live on WFLD-TV in Chicago and stations throughout the Midwest.

All four preseason games will be broadcast on WBBM radio with Jeff Joniak and Tom Thayer.

The NFL regular season schedule is expected to be announced later this month. In addition to home and away games against the Lions, Packers and Vikings, the Bears are slated to host the Cowboys, Giants, Ravens, Bengals and Saints; and visit the Eagles, Redskins, Browns, Steelers and Rams.

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