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Bears Tue Apr 20 2010

Footballic Ramblings: The Schedule Cat Is Outta The Bag

Still five months away from NFL regular season time (aka: "Honey, I love you, but, y'know, football is on") however, Commish Goodell and his cronies have dropped the NFL 2010 schedule today as a salve for the football starved amongst us. Who do the Bears play? Well, they'll (as always) be playing Minnesota twice, Green Bay twice and Detroit twice. Who else besides those NFC North foes? The Bears will be playing the entire AFC East and NFC East divisions and will be hosting the Seattle Seahawks and traveling to Julius Peppers' home state for a date with the Carolina Panthers. Bears will be playing their very first game not in the United States when they travel to Toronto, Canada on November 7 for a game with the Buffalo Bills.

Additionally, the Bears will be rockin' 1940s era throwbacks in commemoration of the "Monsters of the Midway" Bears. Older readers will, of course, recall the "Monster era of the NFL" when --prior to a 1951 rules change-- monsters were allowed to play football. The specific games for the jerseys being worn have not been announced yet, but Tailgate is gonna say (off pure conjecture and intuition) that the Monday Nighter against Green Bay and the home game with Washington will be the two games wherein the throwbacks are featured.

"Must-See Games"

Sunday, September 12: Home Opener at Soldier Field.
Bears' first Opening Day home opener in six years, bang! Detroit Lions with a healthy Matt Stafford and MegaTron (Calvin Johnson) duo against the always vulnerable Bears secondary. Conversely, Jay Cutler and his cast of wideouts will be equally as eager to torch Detroit's suspect secondary. I smell a shootout...no, wait, that's just burned cornerbacks.

Sunday, September 19: @ Dallas, aka: "JerryWorld."
Not sure if this is all that intriguing of a matchup, but Cutler vs Romo is decent enough and you and your buddies can always bet on which QB will toss more picks. Additionally, this is da Bears first look at the new, cavernous, glitzy, gaudy, tacky, etc. Cowboys Stadium.

Monday, September 27, Green Bay Packers, Soldier Field
Monday Nighter against bloodrival, Green Bay. Game is on Monday Night Football meaning Jon Gruden will say "KaPow!" "Tackles Hard Like A Truck!" "Nonsensical Sports Cliche!" somewhere in the vicinity of 35 times. Thanks, ESPN.

Sunday, October 3 @ New York Giants
Bears will be headed to the new Giants/Jets stadium in the Meadowlands. It's a Sunday Night game on NBC, so, I mean, at least try to come up with a good excuse for why you're hungover/late to work on Monday morning at the office.

Sunday, October 24, Washington Redskins, Soldier Field
Donovan McNabb in a 'Skins jersey. Daniel Snyder chortling atop a pile of money at the "pittance" the Bears spent in offseason acquisitions. Bears new offensive coordinator, Mike Martz trying to outwit former Jay Cutler teacher/new Washington coach Mike Shannahan.

Sunday, November 7, @ Buffalo Bills (In Toronto)
The Bills will be facing a huge amount of questions (Who's our QB? What do we wanna do with TO? Should we trade Marshawn Lynch?) this offseason, but they'll surely be amped to play a non-divisional rival in a "home game" across international borders. Rogers Centre (formerly, SkyDome) is a very nice arena. Tailgate is already planning to travel north o' the border to visit friends and relatives and watch this one live.

Monday, December 20, @ Minnesota
Chester Taylor's homecoming game against the Vikes. Jay Cutler vs Brett Favre; Bears defense attempts to slow down the demi-god Adrian Peterson (the good one and not the unrestricted free agent the Bears won't resign). It's another ESPN Monday Nighter so keep that handy suicide tablet nearby if Gruden starts droning on, per usual.

Sunday, December 26, New York Jets, Soldier Field
Constantly improving New York Jets could seriously have the AFC East crown locked up by this point and the Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromarte tandem in the defensive backfield for NY should make Cutler's day increasingly difficult.

 
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