2021 NFL Schedule Leak: Chicago Bears rumored Week 15 MNF

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The excitement amongst Chicago Bears fans continues to grow this offseason after a strong showing at the 2021 NFL Draft.

With former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields now in Chicago, the outlook on the upcoming season, and years ahead, looks a whole lot different than it did just a few months ago.

Wednesday night, we will be that much closer to football once again. The 2021 NFL schedule will be officially released, with the order of opponents coming into view for the Bears.

We have known for quite a while whom the Bears are playing in terms of their opponents, but the order of those opponents and timing has yet to be announced.

As always, the anticipation for prime time Chicago Bears games is high this year.

Tuesday afternoon, one particular leak came out regarding whom the Bears will open their season with. In Week 1, the Bears are reportedly going to travel to play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football.

If this holds up, the Bears will be facing the Rams in prime time for the fourth year in a row. Of course, the infamous game in 2018 was an all-timer for the Bears and their fan base. Whooping up on the ultimate NFC Champions was one of the highlights of that magical season for Chicago.

Later on Tuesday, another leak may have populated with a second prime time game for the Bears. In Week 15, the Bears are rumored to host the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.

This is an unofficial source, but it does make sense considering the Bears and Vikings typically meet once per year on prime time. Also, these games do come in the latter half of the season in recent years.

Last year, the prime time game between Minnesota and Chicago ended with Nick Foles injured, thus making way for Mitchell Trubisky to come in and lead the team to a pointless playoff berth.

Fields being in Chicago now means that the Bears are far more likely to see themselves in prime time slots. If the Bears get a good amount of those games, then the oddsmakers will be betting on Andy Dalton losing the starting gig.

Can you imagine Dalton under center Week 1 against that Rams defense? That matchup could end up being a positive for the Bears, after all, as Dalton could be in for a rough evening. Would Matt Nagy turn directly to his rookie in Week 2 if Dalton plays poorly?

Back to the Vikings, though, who have some fun playmakers on offense. Justin Jefferson took the league by storm last year and the Vikings still have dynamic running back Dalvin Cook, who has proven to be tough to stop.

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The Bears and Vikings give us close, tough games more often than not. By Week 15, this game could end up meaning quite a bit for both squads. Keep checking back here, as we’ll have the Bears schedule and plenty of analysis coming in the next 24 to 48 hours.