The NFL on Thursday released the 2013 Pre-Season schedule for all 32 teams. Otherwise known as the time period in which fans overreact in both a negative and positive fashion about performances of specific players and teams in general. For the Chicago Bears, their pre-season schedule features two familiar foes and a renewal of a rivalry.
The Chicago Bears open the Pre-Season in Week 1 by traveling to Carolina to face the Carolina Panthers. The Bears and Panthers have played each other so much in recent seasons that one may think they were in the same division. This will mark the first game for Marc Trestman as head coach of the Bears. In past seasons, first team players generally did not play in the team’s first Pre-Season game. It will be interesting to see if Trestman follows the same pattern.
The second week of the Pre-Season brings with it a renewal of a rivalry between Chicago Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler and San Diego Chargers’ quarterback Phillip Rivers. It is no secret that there is no love lost between Cutler and Rivers, as the two quarterback’s sideline demeanor may be more entertaining than the game itself. The game between the Bears and Chargers will be at Soldier Field and will be televised on ESPN.
The third game of the Pre-Season, the perceived dress rehearsal for the regular season, will see the Bears travel to Oakland to face the Oakland Raiders. This will be the game to watch as the first team unit will likely play for the first half of the game and Trestman’s gameplan may be on display.
In the yawner of the Pre-Season, the fourth game, the Bears will play the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field. There really will not be much to watch in this game as most of the roster decisions and position battles will have been resolved already. However, it is football nonetheless.
The Pre-Season begins on August 4 with the Hall of Fame game that will be played between the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins.