2017 Chicago Bears schedule

Bears open season vs. Falcons; play Packers, Vikings in primetime

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Fans watch at Soldier Field during the first half of an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Fans watch at Soldier Field during the first half of an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) — Kiichiro Sato

The Bears will open the 2017 season at home against the defending NFC champion Falcons, and for the seventh consecutive year they will play a primetime game at Lambeau Field.

The 2017 NFL schedule was released Thurdsay night, and after going 3-13 last season, the Bears have only two primetime games. For the second year in a row they will be under the lights and on national television in back-to-back weeks vs. NFC North rivals.

In Week Four, the Bears travel to play the Packers at Lambeau Field on Thursday night, Sept. 28. It’s the third year in a row the two teams have met in Green Bay on a Thursday night.

The following week, the Bears return home and will host the Vikings on Monday Night Football on Oct. 9.

This mirrors a similar back-to-back the Bears had last season, playing the Packers on a Thursday and then the Vikings at home on a Monday — they lost to Green Bay but beat the Vikings on Halloween night, one of three wins.

John Fox's third season begins on Sept. 10 with quite the challenge, as the Bears welcome Matt Ryan and the defending NFC champion Falcons to Soldier Field. That begins a daunting September slate, including a road game against upstart Tampa Bay (and new starting quarterback Mike Glennon's former team) on Sept. 17 followed by a home game vs. the Steelers on Sept. 24 before the Thursday night game in Green Bay.

In Week 17, the Bears will conclude the season in Minneapolis against the Vikings on New Year’s Eve.

The other home games for the Bears will be in Week Seven against Carolina, Week 10 against Green Bay, Week 11 vs. Detroit and Week 16 (Christmas Eve) vs. Cleveland.

The other road trips for the Bears include heading to Baltimore in Week Six, New Orleans in Week Eight, Philadelphia in Week 12, Cincinnati in Week 14 and Detroit on a Saturday with a late afternoon kickoff in Week 15.

The bye week for the Bears is at the midseason point, taking place during Week Nine.

Week 1 — Sunday, Sept. 10 — vs. Atlanta Falcons — Noon — Fox
Week 2 — Sunday, Sept. 17 — at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Noon — Fox
Week 3 — Sunday, Sept. 24 — vs. Pittsburgh Steelers — Noon — CBS
Week 4 — Thursday, Sept. 28 — at Green Bay Packers — 7:25 p.m. — CBS/NFL Network
Week 5 — Monday, Oct. 9 — vs. Minnesota Vikings — 7:30 — ESPN
Week 6 — Sunday, Oct. 15 — at Baltimore Ravens — Noon — Fox
Week 7 — Sunday, Oct. 22 — vs. Carolina Panthers — Noon — Fox
Week 8 — Sunday, Oct. 29 — at New Orleans Saints — Noon — Fox
Week 9 — BYE
Week 10 — Sunday, Nov. 12 — vs. Green Bay Packers — Noon — Fox
Week 11 — Sunday, Nov. 19 — vs. Detroit Lions — Noon — Fox
Week 12 — Sunday, Nov. 26 — at Philadelphia Eagles — Noon — Fox
Week 13 — Sunday, Dec. 3 — vs. San Francisco — Noon — CBS
Week 14 — Sunday, Dec. 10 — at Cincinnati Bengals — Noon — Fox
Week 15 — Saturday, Dec. 16 — at Detroit Lions — 3:30 p.m. — NFL Network
Week 16 — Sunday, Dec. 24 — vs. Cleveland Browns — Noon — CBS
Week 17 — Sunday, Dec. 31 — at Minnesota Vikings — Noon — Fox

The Bears also have set dates and times for their four preseason games:

Week 1 — Thursday, Aug. 10 — vs. Denver Broncos — 7 p.m.
Week 2 — Saturday, Aug. 19 — at Arizona Cardinals — 9 p.m.
Week 3 — Sunday, Aug. 27 — at Tennessee Titans — Noon
Week 4 — Thursday, Aug. 31 — vs. Cleveland Browns — 7 p.m.