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Bears to open preseason vs. Broncos

The Bears will face top competition during the 2016 preseason, beginning with a game against the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos at Soldier Field.

Given the number of Bears players and coaches who were previously with the Broncos, introductions won't be necessary when the teams open the preseason between Aug. 11 and 15.

The group includes coach John Fox, special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers, offensive line coach Dave Magazu, defensive line coach Jay Rodgers, receiver Eddie Royal, cornerback Tracy Porter, linebacker Danny Trevathan, safety Omar Bolden, center/guard Manny Ramirez, defensive lineman Mitch Unrein and long-snapper Aaron Brewer.

ChicagoBears.com takes a look at some photos of previous games between the Bears and their 2016 preseason opponents.

After facing the Broncos, the Bears will visit the defending AFC East champion Patriots Aug. 18-22 in New England before hosting the Chiefs Aug. 25-28 at Soldier Field in their third straight game against a 2015 playoff team.

The Bears will then close the preseason with their annual match-up against the Browns in Cleveland Sept. 1 or 2. The teams have met in the preseason finale every year since 2004, splitting the 12 meetings.

Exact dates and times for all four games will be released at a later date. All four will be produced and broadcast by the Chicago Bears Network in high definition and shown live on Fox32 Chicago and stations throughout the Midwest.

All four contests also will be broadcast on WBBM radio (780 AM and 105.9 FM) featuring Jeff Joniak on play-by-play and Tom Thayer as color analyst.

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 Jaguars, Eagles, 49ers, Titans and Redskins and visit the Cowboys, Texans, Colts, Giants and Buccaneers.

The Bears will face four AFC teams in the preseason for the second straight year. Last summer they went 3-1, beating the Dolphins, Colts and Browns and losing to the Bengals.

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