2022 NFL Schedule Rumors: Chicago Bears set to face Green Bay Packers in primetimeJordan Campbellon May 12, 2022 at 2:00 pm

The 2022 NFL regular season schedule is set to be released on Thursday night as Chicago Bears fans will learn the dates and times of the Bears’ 2022 regular season schedule.

Excitement over the Bears’ 2022 regular season schedule release is not nearly as high as it was last season after the team made a surprise trade up in the 2021 NFL Draft and selected Ohio State Quarterback Justin Fields with the 11th overall selection.

The anticipation of the 2021 schedule release for Bears fans was mostly related to fans trying to determine when Fields would replace veteran Andy Dalton as the team’s starting quarterback. An injury to Dalton during the Bears’ Week 2 game against the Cincinnati Bengals led to Fields becoming the starter much sooner than the team originally anticipated.

Ahead of the release of the Bears’ 2022 regular season schedule, there is no longer any uncertainty over when Fields will become the team’s starting quarterback. With a new general manager in place in Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus in place as the team’s new head coach, Fields is firmly in place as the team’s starting quarterback.

It would appear that Fields and the Bears’ first primetime matchup for the 2022 regular season will come during Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers.

Hearing the #Packers open on the road for the 4th straight year.

According to a #LittleBirdie the home opener is Week 2 vs Chicago on @SNFonNBC

— Kyle Cousineau (@KCousineau09) May 11, 2022

For the second consecutive season, the Bears will be facing the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field for a Sunday Night Football broadcast. In their Sunday Night Football contest against the Packers last season, the Bears fell to the Packers 45-30 despite an encouraging start from the offense during the first half of the game. Fields completed 18 of 33 passes against the Packers that night for a total of 224 passing yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Fields also had 74 rushing yards on 9 attempts.

The Chicago Bears’ shortcomings against the Green Bay Packers will once again be on display during a primetime broadcast.

There is an added wrinkle to the Bears and Packers rivalry this season. Coordinating the Bears offense this season is former Packers’ passing game coordinator Luke Getsy. With Eberflus having a defensive background, Getsy is essentially de facto head coach in regards to the offense. The expectation is that Getsy will run a similar west coast offense that the Packers have displayed in recent seasons.

As the Bears’ 2022 schedule continues to be leaked ahead of the official announcement on Thursday night, it will be interesting to note the amount of primetime games that the team will have. It’s a given that at least one Bears and Packers game will be a primetime broadcast each season given the nature of the rivalry but other than that, there is no need for the Bears to be a frequent participant in primetime games for the 2022 season. The Bears are not going to be a good football team in 2022 and the only reason to tune into their games this upcoming season would be for the development of Fields.

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