Bears to open season at home vs. Lions


The NFL released its 2010 schedule on Tuesday, and the Chicago Bears will open at home against the Detroit Lions.

The last time the Bears opened at home was Lovie Smith's first season with the Bears in 2004, when they lost to Detroit.

"We're excited to start at home this year," Smith said on the Bears' Web site. "It has been a long time since we have opened the season in front of our fans."

After going 1-4 in prime time in 2009, the Bears have four night games scheduled this season, starting Week 3 when they host the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.

The Bears also will play in Canada for the first time, taking on the Buffalo Bills in Toronto on Nov. 7. The Bears have played internationally five times, but never during the regular season.

“Our national games will provide a lot of excitement given our opponents,” Smith said. “And our game in Toronto will allow us to play in front of a Canadian fan base that loves football.”

All four teams from both the NFC East and AFC East are on the Bears schedule.

The Bears' entire schedule is as follows:

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 12 vs. Detroit Lions, noon

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 19 at Dallas Cowboys, noon

Week 3: Monday, Sept. 27 vs. Green Bay Packers, 7:30 p.m.

Week 4: Sunday; Oct. 3 at New York Giants, 7:20 p.m.

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 10 at Carolina Panthers, noon

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 17 vs. Seattle Seahawks, noon

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 24 vs. Washington Redskinsnoon

Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 31 bye week

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 7 vs. Buffalo Bills (in Toronto), noon

Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 14 vs. Minnesota Vikings, noon

Week 11: Thursday, Nov. 18 at Miami Dolphins, 7:20 p.m.

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 28 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, noon*

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 5 at Lions, noon*

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 12 vs. New England Patriots, noon*

Week 15: Monday, Dec. 20 at Vikings, 7:30 p.m.

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 26 vs. New York Jets, noon*

Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 2 at Packers, noon*

*Game times tentative and subject to flexible scheduling