Bears to open preseason vs. Panthers

The NFL released its preseason schedule on Thursday, with the Chicago Bears opening the preseason on the road against Ron Rivera and the Carolina Panthers the weekend of Aug. 8-11.

Exact times and dates for the road contests will be announced at a later date.

The club's preseason home schedule includes an Aug. 15 nationally-televised matchup with the San Diego Chargers at 7 p.m. CT, which will air on ESPN. The Bears also host the Cleveland Browns in the preseason finale on Aug. 29, which will mark the 10th consecutive year the teams played their final exhibition game against one another.

Aside from the preseason opener at Carolina, the Bears' other road opponent includes the Oakland Raiders (Aug. 22-25).

None of the Bears' preseason opponents had a winning record in the 2012 regular season.

The regular season schedule will be announced later this month.