Bears' preseason schedule released

The NFL released the 2014 preseason schedule on Wednesday, and while the precise dates haven’t yet been set, the Chicago Bears host the Philadelphia Eagles in their exhibition opener (weekend of Aug. 7-10), followed by another home outing on Aug. 14 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Chicago plays its next two opponents on the road: Seattle (Aug. 21-24), followed by the traditional preseason finale at Cleveland on Aug. 28 or Aug. 29.

What should be interesting is that Chicago plays preseason game No. 3 -- which is often when the starters receive their most significant action of the exhibition season -- against the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

While it’s only the preseason, the opener against Philadelphia is also somewhat of a compelling matchup given that the Eagles smashed the Bears 54-11 at Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 22 last season. If the Bears had won, they would’ve advanced to the postseason.

The club's Aug. 14 matchup against the Jaguars will be nationally televised on ESPN at 7 p.m. CT.

The exact dates and times for the other three matchups will be announced at a later date.