Schedule Expected Later Today

The 2004 NFL schedule has been teased to fans, but the final slate of games has yet to be released. The wait will end later today, as the NFL will release the 2004 regular season schedule at 4:15 CST.

Trying to figure out how the NFL schedule works is confusing at best. Matching up 32 teams with home and road games while also juggling schedules for those few teams that share a stadium with a baseball team is almost as difficult as a layman understanding the NFL's quarterback rating system.

That job has been more difficult for the NFL, since the 2004 regular season schedule is delayed in its release. The problem of making a schedule work was made considerably more difficult last month.

The person in charge of the NFL schedule-making, Val Pinchbeck Jr., 73, died March 6 outside the NFL offices in Manhattan and, while much of the preliminary work had already been done, his successors are scrambling to make a schedule that fits using the formula already in place.

The Bears preseason schedule has been finalized.
7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 12 at St. Louis
7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 21 vs. San Francisco
7:30 p.m. Friday, August 27 vs. New Orleans
7:00 p.m. Friday, September 3 at Cleveland

All game times are Central Standard Time.

There is also talk that Lovie Smith will take the Bears to Macomb, Ill, the site of the Rams training camp, for a scrimmage before the two sides meet in the preseason opener.

At this point it appears the Bears will report to Bourbonnais on July 22nd with training camp opening on July 23rd.

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