Earlier today, the NFL announced the preseason schedules for all 32 teams. Though there are some games that will be shown nationally, most football fans probably won’t put much importance on the preseason. However, for the Chicago Bears, they could have the most significant preseason contest in 2014.
The Bears will start their preseason by playing their first two games at Soldier Field against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars in Weeks 1 and 2 respectively. They end the exhibition period by traveling to face the Cleveland Browns. However, in Week 3 of the preseason, Chicago will have to face the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in CenturyLink Field, the most hostile environment in the NFL.
Everyone knows that the third game of the preseason gives the best indication of where a team is going into the regular season. The starters on both sides of the ball play the majority of the game, giving coaches and fans the best games of the preseason.
All of Chicago will get to see if their second-ranked offense has improved from 2013, which will be up against a Seahawks defensive unit that was ranked first in the league last year. As for the defense, they’ll get a chance to prove that their ability to stop the run has gotten better while trying to contain Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who was sixth in the NFL in rushing in 2013.
With all of the new defensive additions to the Bears’ roster, along with the offensive success of last season, the Week 3 preseason game versus Seattle in the loudest stadium in the league will definitely show where Chicago is on the measuring stick of the best teams in the NFL.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.