The NFL announced the full 2012 preseason schedule (which can be viewed here) on Wednesday. For the Bears fans, most notable may be the fact that Chicago will host Jay Cutler’s former team in the Denver Broncos in Week-1, and they could catch a glimpse of Peyton Manning in a Broncos uniform for the first time.
Jay Cutler vs. Peyton Manning (yes, I know it's the first game of the preseason, and they'll probably make one good hand off . . . if that) sounds a lot better than Caleb Hanie vs. Tim Tebow, doesn't it? In addition, the Bears will get a look at RGIII in his first action with the Redskins, and former Chicago QBs Rex Grossman and Caleb Hanie (assuming the latter two are still with their current clubs).
Here’s a look at the preliminary schedule:
Week 1 | August 9-12: Denver at Chicago
Week 2 | August 16-19: Washington at Chicago
Week 3 | Friday, August 24 (CBS, 8:00 PM ET): Chicago at Giants
Week 4 | Thursday, August 30: Chicago at Cleveland
Except for those mentioned, specific dates and times will be forthcoming.