The last time Chicago played on the NFL's national stage was Oct. 27, 1997, a 36-33 win at Miami.
"I think we have a great schedule for our fans. We play in three Monday Night games and a Sunday night game giving our fans across the country an opportunity to watch us. We also have an excellent home schedule for the many new fans who will have the chance to join us in Champaign."
Seven of the Bears eight home games will be against teams that have qualified for the playoffs at least once in the past two seasons.
In other news: Defensive lineman Carl Powell was signed by the Washington Redskins Thursday in time to arrive for the team's final day of minicamp. Powell made 15 tackles last season playing on special teams and the defensive line.