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Chicago Bears: Preseason Schedule Features Nationally Televised Contest

Rob Grabowski-US Presswire

It’s that time, football fans. The NFL preseason schedule was announced today. For those that are like me, just the mere thought of preseason football gets my blood going a little quicker.

If you’re an avid Chicago Bears fan, you will be pleased to know that your beloved monsters of the midway are featured on one of four nationally televised games via ESPN. Mark your calendars for August 15th, 2013 as the Bears will take on the visiting San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field.

Previous to the Chargers game, the Bears’ first preseason matchup is on the road against the Carolina Panthers. Former defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, who now coaches the Panthers, will be excited to know he’ll see some familiar faces that week.

Third on the schedule is the Oakland Raiders, where the Bears will travel out west to face a team that new head coach Marc Trestman used to work with back when he helped then quarterback Rich Gannon win an MVP and a trip to the Super Bowl.

In week four, the Bears host the Cleveland Browns, a familiar preseason opponent.

Later this month, the NFL will release its regular season schedule. For the Bears, it looks like they could have one of the more challenging schedules in the league. They obviously will play host to the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions while at the same time traveling to play each rival on the road.

2013 will also feature home games against the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, and New Orleans Saints. Chicago will travel to face the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams.

Ryan Heckman is a Minnesota Timberwolves writer and NFL contributor for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google+