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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Bears to open 2013 season vs. Bengals

By Michael C. Wright

The NFL announced its schedule for 2013 on Wednesday, with the Chicago Bears opening the season against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 8 at Soldier Field to start a campaign under new coach Marc Trestman that includes home games over the first two weeks of the season for the first time since 1999.

The schedule includes four primetime games, including two on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

After hosting the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 15, the Bears hit the road on Sept. 22 and Sept. 29 for matchups against the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints, before hosting the New York Giants on Oct. 10. The clash with the Steelers marks the club's second primetime game in the first six weeks, and will be broadcast on NBC.

Following the game against the Giants, the Bears face the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on Oct. 20 before receiving a bye in Week 8.

The Bears return from the bye to face the Green Bay Packers on the road for a 7:40 kickoff on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

The Bears play back-to-back NFC North games at Green Bay on Nov. 4 and against the Detroit Lions on Nov. 10 before hosting the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 17. The club follows that up with consecutive road trips at St. Louis and Minnesota on Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, before another primetime outing on Monday Night Football; this time against the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 9.

The Bears close out the regular season with road trips on Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 at Cleveland and Philadelphia, before hosting the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 29 for the season finale.

All kickoffs are at noon CT other than the four primetime games.