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Chicago Bears 2016 schedule announced

The Bears will open the 2016 season on the road for the first time in seven years and play four of their first eight games in prime time. (Click here for complete schedule.)

John Fox's second year as coach will begin in Houston Sunday, Sept. 11 against the Texans, the only current NFL team the Bears have never defeated (in three meetings). It's the first time they'll open a season on the road since 2009 in Green Bay.

Preview the Bears' 2016 preseason and regular season opponents and schedule.

The Bears will return home in Week 2 to host the Philadelphia Eagles Monday night, Sept. 19. It's Chicago's first home opener on Monday Night Football since 2003 against the Packers in the first game at the new Soldier Field.

The Bears will then play their second straight night contest when they head back to Texas for the second time in three weeks to battle the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night, Sept. 25. The Bears are 2-0 in the Cowboys' new stadium, winning there in 2010 and 2012.

The Bears will then face their first division opponent in Week 4 when they host the Detroit Lions Sunday, Oct. 2. After a road game in Indianapolis against the Colts Sunday, Oct. 9 and a home contest versus the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Oct. 16, the Bears will play back-to-back night games for the second time.

They'll face the Packers in Green Bay Thursday night, Oct. 20, before hosting the Minnesota Vikings in a Monday Night Football tilt on Halloween.

After their bye week smack dab in the middle of the season, the Bears will play back-to-back road games for the only time all year, visiting the Buccaneers in Tampa Sunday, Nov. 13 and the Giants in New York Sunday, Nov. 20.

The Bears will then play four of their next five games at home. They'll host the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Nov. 27 and the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Dec. 4 before visiting the Lions in Detroit Sunday Dec. 11. They'll then return to Soldier Field to face the Packers Sunday, Dec. 18 and Washington Redskins Saturday, Dec. 24.

The Bears will then close the season by visiting the Minnesota Vikings at their new stadium Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.

All 12 of the Bears' non-prime time games are scheduled for noon. However, a maximum of two of those noon contests, beginning with Week 5, are eligible to be flexed by the NFL.

TRAVEL ACCOMODATIONS/TICKETS FOR FANS: Fans looking to travel to Bears home and away games can book their experience through the following Bears Corporate Partners, Official Fan Packages Partner Vivid Seats, Official NFL Ticket Exchange, and Official Airline Partner United. Fans can visit ChicagoBears.com for the most-up-to-date game information throughout the season.

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