NFL season is finally upon us as almost all teams have opened their training camps. That includes the Chicago Bears who missed out on the playoffs last season for the sixth time in seven years. Second year head coach Marc Trestman impressed last season with his ability to develop the second-best scoring offense in all of football, despite quarterback Jay Cutler’s midseason injury that forced him to miss multiple games. Nonetheless, the defense was not a bright spot for the 2013 Chicago Bears as they ranked 30th in the league, a drop from being the fifth-ranked defense in 2012.
Injuries were certainly a key element to the Bears downfall last season as cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Kelvin Hayden, alongside defensive tackles Henry Melton and Nick Collins, all missed time. A healthy 2014 Bears team could lead to a significantly improved record, why many fans are eagerly anticipating the upcoming season.
For fans looking to see the Bears play at Soldier Field this year, there are a number of intriguing games to choose from. They open up against the Buffalo Bills and also host the Miami Dolphins, the first time either team has made a visit to Chicago in eight years. Tony Romo also makes an appearance as the Bears will be hosting the Cowboys on December 4th, a Thursday night showdown in the final month of the regular season.
Nonetheless, none of those games cracked our list of the top three Chicago Bears games to attend this season. In reverse order, here they are…
3. Sunday November 23rd against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Why does an ordinary Sunday game against the non-descript Tampa Bay Buccaneers make the top three? Because the cost of tickets is lower than any other game this year. Bears tickets begin for only $118 for this game and lower level seating starts at only $237. The cheapest ticket for our next game on the list is $244, so you’re saving quite a bit by seeing the Bucs. And with Tampa in rebuilding mode, there’s a good opportunity you’ll be able to see a Bears victory.
2.) Sunday September 28th against the Green Bay Packers:
There’s simply no way you can have a top games list and not include Bears vs. Packers. Last year’s matchup was one for the ages, even though Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay broke the hearts of Chicago fans everywhere with his touchdown late in the game on fourth down. The downside, of course, is that you’ll be paying top dollar to see these two teams play, with an average price on the secondary market of $586.
1.) Monday, December 15th against the New Orleans Saints:
The Bears always get their fair share of primetime games and the 2014 regular season schedule is no different. Drew Brees will come to town in the middle of December for what should be a potential playoff preview played on Monday Night Football. And the best part? Tickets currently begin for as low as $119, just a buck more than the Tampa Bay game. Sure, it can get cold at Soldier Field on a December evening, but at just $119, it’s too good of a deal to turn down.