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Bears and Rams will start the season, if the season starts

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The NFL has announced the 2011 preseason schedule.  If, of course, there even is a preseason.

The preseason begins on August 7, with the Bears and the Rams meeting in Canton for the Hall of Fame game.  Which will be televised by NBC.  If it’s played.

The first full week of the preseason includes two games on ESPN:  Seahawks at Chargers (Thursday August 11) and Jets at Texans (Monday August 15).  The Bucs play at the Chiefs on August 12, on FOX.

The next week, the Eagles play at Pittsburgh on August 18 in a game to be televised by FOX.  The next night, FOX televises the Falcons at the Jaguars.  ESPN has the Monday nighter, Bears at Giants, on August 22.

Week Three has four preseason games on national TV:  Redskins at Ravens (ESPN, August 25); Packers at Colts (CBS, August 26), Patriots at Lions (CBS, August 27), and Saints at Raiders (NBC, August 28).

Week Four of the preseason will have no nationally televised games, since Week Four of the preseason usually is boring.

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18 Responses to “Bears and Rams will start the season, if the season starts”
  1. bearsblow says: Apr 12, 2011 4:23 PM

    Wow what a yawner this one will be. I wonder how long the Bears will play Twatler?

  2. hobartbaker says: Apr 12, 2011 4:24 PM

    So, it’s just a question of whether the “Rams butt the Bears”, or the “Bears maul the Rams”.

  3. tjacks7 says: Apr 12, 2011 4:29 PM

    The first 3 weeks are kind of boring too..

  4. waitingguilty says: Apr 12, 2011 4:30 PM

    “If, of course, there even is a preseason”

    My gosh, whatever do you mean?

  5. hystoracle says: Apr 12, 2011 4:30 PM

    “Week Four of the preseason will have no nationally televised games, since Week Four of the preseason usually is boring.”

    Hence, a good argument for an 18 game season. Game 2 of regular season lot more interesting than watching the shlubs try to outshlub each other on their last day in the league during game 4 of the preseason.

  6. RedHeadedBastard says: Apr 12, 2011 4:33 PM

    I could care less about who plays, just as long as football is being played.

  7. gallogj says: Apr 12, 2011 4:34 PM

    Bears vs Rams? Couldn’t that be the game played in London this year? Seriously…yawn.

  8. medtxpack says: Apr 12, 2011 4:36 PM

    Well at least the Pack will get a walk through at Lucas Oail Field before they show back up for the SB! GO PACK!

    …man, i hope theres a season, (face palm)….

  9. packfannchitown says: Apr 12, 2011 4:43 PM

    Hanie would be a much more emotional and excited QB but the Bears have already proven they’ll take investment cost (Benson) over talent (Thomas) any day.

    Instead Bear fans will be treated to another season of Cutler indifference while his team makes excuses…

  10. august1969 says: Apr 12, 2011 4:44 PM

    week 4 is boring? its the best one!

  11. iamthorny says: Apr 12, 2011 4:45 PM

    Bears and Rams in Canton for the Hall of Fame Game? Were the Bills and Panthers busy?

    Hmmm…that tells me the NFL doesn’t care if the season starts on time more than anything else.

    Cancelling that game wouldn’t be very hard to stomach so that’s why they chose it.

  12. uwsptke says: Apr 12, 2011 5:03 PM

    I can’t believe it took this long for the obligatory “this is as close as any of the players on those teams get to the HOF” post. I hope they at least get a tour while they’re in town.

  13. schmitty2 says: Apr 12, 2011 5:03 PM

    God forbid they put the Rams on the national stage. Sorry but it beats seeing the same teams all the time

  14. ronniemexico says: Apr 12, 2011 5:15 PM

    HOF Class of ’11 includes Dent (Bears), Faulk (Rams) and Richter (Rams). This was a no brainer.

  15. thefiesty1 says: Apr 12, 2011 5:21 PM

    Yawn! Pre season, yawn.

  16. thephantomstranger says: Apr 12, 2011 5:36 PM

    For those of you complaining about the Bears and Rams in the first preseason game, is there some matchup that you would find more exciting for the most meaningless game of the year? I have a feeling we’ll all be grateful if this game is played as scheduled.

  17. axespray says: Apr 12, 2011 6:02 PM

    Man, The NFL really has loves that Aaron Rodgers/Peyton Manning matchup.
    They’re probably gonna have an NFL Films about their Preseason Battles with each other.

    “In the Frozen Thundra of Lucas Oil Stadium, Quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Curtis Painter threw footballs at practice squad wide receivers while Peyton argued with Refs and Aaron Highfived random offensive linemen.”

  18. byrmcph says: Apr 12, 2011 7:28 PM

    THey both need all the help they can get

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