Falcons open as 6-point favorites over Bears in 2017 debut

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Yesterday Atlanta's full 2017 schedule was released and they will be opening on the road against the Chicago Bears, who finished second to last in the NFC previous year with a 3-13 record. They'll be out of town consecutive weekends playing the Cincinnati Bengals Dec. 10 and Detroit Dec. 16. BEARS SCHEDULED TO PLAY TWO GAMES IN PRIMETIME: The Bears are scheduled to make two appearances on primetime television during the 2017 regular season, with both coming in the first five weeks of the season. We're about to find out.

The league likes to showcase its top teams in nationally-televised games-especially clubs with big fan followings such as the Bears and those in large television markets like Chicago. They have now finished in the NFC North basement each of the last three years.

This report is far from official, but Biggs has been covering the Bears for quite a while. Chicago last faced all four teams from the AFC North in 2013, going 4-0 in those contests.

Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette is now reporting that the Steelers will play the Packers at Heinz Field, Sunday night November 26.

Harry Teinowitz confirms this report and the Bears will play the Falcons at home in Week 1 of the 2017 season. Any game against the Packers, though, is noteworthy. Fun fact: Aaron Rodgers hasn't lost at Soldier Field since 2010, However, three of the last four games have been decided by eight points or fewer.

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The Bears' road schedule includes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 17, Baltimore Ravens on October 15, New Orleans Saints on October 29 and the Philadelphia Eagles the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

So that leaves the Bears with two prime time games on Monday and Thursday night football against Minnesota and Green Bay, as well as a late Saturday afternoon game against the Lions on December 16th in Week 15.

Despite receiving a lucrative offer from the Buccaneers to remain their backup behind Jameis Winston, Glennon opted to pursue an opportunity to start with the Bears.

The Bears' road map for the upcoming 2017 season has been officially revealed.

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