Bears' schedule takes shape, includes many national TV games

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(670 The Score) The Bears will play their 2021 season opener in front of a national television audience.

Chicago will visit the Los Angeles Rams for a primetime game on Sunday Night Football on NBC in Week 1, a source told 670 afternoon host Danny Parkins on Tuesday. That game will be played Sept. 12.

The full NFL schedule will be released Wednesday evening, but the leaks started Tuesday and continued. Here's a look at the Bears' schedule, per Parkins, minus the start times and a few last details, which will be revealed later Wednesday evening.

Week 1: at Rams (Sunday Night Football)
Week 2: vs. Bengals
Week 3: at Browns
Week 4: vs. Lions
Week 5: at Raiders
Week 6: vs. Packers
Week 7: at Buccaneers
Week 8: vs. 49ers
Week 9: at Steelers (Monday Night Football)
Week 10: bye
Week 11: vs. Ravens
Week 12: at Lions (Thanksgiving Day)
Week 13: vs. Cardinals
Week 14: at Packers (Sunday Night Football)
Week 15: vs. Vikings (Monday Night Football)
Week 16: at Seahawks
Week 17: vs. Giants
Week 18: at Vikings

The Bears are coming off an 8-8 regular season that was followed by a loss to the Saints in the wild-card round last season. The NFL expanded to a 17-game regular season here in 2021.