The NFL will release the 2009 schedule at 6 p.m. but we've picked up some details on the Bears' schedule with more than 90 minutes to go until the full release on NFL Network.
As we already know, the Bears will open the season at Green Bay on Sept. 13 on NBC's "Sunday Night Football." That is the first of what is scheduled to be five prime-time games. The Bears could get flexed into a sixth game later in the year by NBC and the NFL.
Obviously, with the addition of Jay Cutler to the team in the league's second-largest television market, they are going to be a big draw.
The Bears will return home from Green Bay for their home opener Sept. 20 vs. the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Currently, the Bears are scheduled to have two more appearances on NBC. They will host Philadelphia on a Sunday night and play at Atlanta on Sunday night in a rematch vs. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who crushed them in the closing seconds at the Georgia Dome last season.
The Bears will then square off vs. Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary and his San Francisco 49ers in a road game to be televised by NFL Network on a Thursday in November. Get ready for the hype for this meeting.
The Bears will host the Minnesota Vikings on ESPN's "Monday Night Football."
More details as we track them down.