The Chicago Bears won’t play in Germany throughout the 2023 season.
The NFL introduced its five-game worldwide slate Wednesday morning, and the Bears weren’t a part of the lineup.
Rumors and information stories this spring urged the NFL was contemplating sending the Bears to play the Kansas City Chiefs in Frankfurt, Germany. But NBC Sports’ Peter King reported this week the Chiefs requested the Bears not be their worldwide opponent.
The Chiefs will play the Miami Dolphins in Frankfurt on Nov. 5.
And later this yr, the Chiefs will host the Bears at Arrowhead Stadium. The date and time of that matchup can be introduced Thursday when the total NFL schedule is launched.
The Bears’ 2023 opponents already are set. At dwelling, they are going to play the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders and Arizona Cardinals. The Bears will go on the highway to play the Lions, Packers, Vikings, Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Chargers, Washington Commanders and Cleveland Browns.
As for the opposite worldwide video games, the Indianapolis Colts will play the New England Patriots on Nov. 12 in Frankfurt.
In London, the Buffalo Bills will play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 8, and the Tennessee Titans will play the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 15. Both video games can be held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Jaguars have two worldwide video games this yr, additionally taking part in the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 1.
The NFL held its first regular-season sport in Germany in November 2022. The league introduced final week that 8.2 million individuals globally watched the sport, a 21-16 Buccaneers win over the Seattle Seahawks at Allianz Arena. The NFL mentioned the sport additionally had an financial impression of 70.2 million euros for Munich.
The NFL has been staging video games in London since 2007, however Germany has turn into the NFL’s largest market in Europe.
“The confirmed matchups in Germany will make for two very exciting games for fans this November and we are delighted to be playing both games in Frankfurt, a city rich in NFL history and with a significant NFL fan following,” Dr. Alexander Steinforth, the final supervisor of NFL Germany, mentioned in a press release Wednesday.
The Bears final performed a world sport in London in opposition to the then-Oakland Raiders in 2019.
The Associated Press contributed.