The Chicago Bears will headline the kickoff of the 2011 NFL preseason schedule as participants in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, August 7 at 7:00 pm CT in Canton, Ohio versus the St. Louis Rams on NBC's Sunday Night Football.
The Bears 2011 preseason schedule is also highlighted by a second nationally-televised contest on ESPN's Monday Night Football on August 22 at 7:00 pm CT at the New York Giants.
Chicago's home preseason schedule includes games versus the Buffalo Bills (Aug. 11-14) and Cleveland Browns (Sept. 1-4). The Bears final road preseason contest will be in Tennessee versus the Titans (Aug. 25-28). Exact dates and times for those three contests will be announced at a later date.
The Bears preseason contests versus Buffalo, Tennessee and Cleveland will be produced and broadcast by the Chicago Bears Network in high definition. Each game will be shown live on WFLD-TV in Chicago and stations throughout the Midwest. All five games will be broadcast on WBBM Radio with Jeff Joniak (play-by-play), Tom Thayer (color analyst) and Zach Zaidman (sideline reporter).
The Bears will be participating in the Hall of Fame Game for the first time since 2005 when they battled the Dolphins. Chicago last hosted the Bills during the 2005 preseason before playing in Buffalo in 2009. The Monsters of the Midway last traveled to East Rutherford, NJ in the preseason during the 2000 season before hosting the Giants at Soldier Field during the 2009 preseason. The Bears will be traveling to Tennessee in the preseason for the first time since 2001 and Chicago and Cleveland will close their respective preseason schedules against one another for the eighth year in a row.
Chicago's 2011 preseason schedule is as follows:
-Sunday, Aug. 7 vs. St. Louis Rams, Fawcett Stadium (Canton, OH), 7 p.m., NBC/WBBM Radio
-Aug. 11-14 vs. Buffalo Bills, Soldier Field, Time TBD, WFLD-TV/WMMB Radio
-Monday, Aug. 22 vs. New York Giants, New Meadowlands Stadium, 7 p.m., ESPN/WBBM Radio
-Aug. 25-28 at Tennessee Titans, LP Field, Time TBD, WFLD-TV/WBBM Radio
-Sept. 1-4 vs. Cleveland Browns, Soldier Field, Time TBD, WFLD-TV/WBBM Radio
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