April 19th, 2013
by bearsbacker

cutler_main_041613All NFL team schedules were released on Thursday night. Here is the 2013-2014 Chicago Bears schedule.

Pre-season

Week One: Fri, Aug. 9, at Carolina Panthers, 8:00 p.m. ET.
Week Two: Thu, Aug. 15, v.s. San Diego Chargers, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN.
Week Three: Fri, Aug. 22, at Oakland Raiders, 10:00 p.m. ET.
Week Four: Thu, Aug. 29, v.s. Cleveland Browns, 8:00 p.m. ET.

Regular Season

Week One: Sun, Sep. 8, v.s. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS.
Week Two: Sun, Sep. 15, v.s. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX.
Week Three: Sun, Sep. 22, at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Week Four: Sun, Sep. 29, at Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week Five: Sun, Oct. 6, v.s. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week Six: Thu, Oct. 10, v.s. New York Giants, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Week Seven: Sun, Oct. 20, at Washington Redskins, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week Eight: BYE WEEK
Week Nine: Mon, Nov. 4, at Green Bay Packers, 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN
Week 10: Sun, Nov.10, v.s. Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 11: Sun, Nov. 17, v.s. Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Week 12: Sun, Nov. 24, at St. Louis Rams, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 13: Sun, Dec. 1, at Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 14: Mon, Dec. 9, v.s. Dallas Cowboys, 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN
Week 15: Sun, Dec. 15, at Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 16: Sun, Dec. 22, at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Week 17: Sun, Dec. 29, v.s. Green Bay Packers, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX

Breaking Down The Schedule

Bears opponents in 2013-2014 were a combined 128-127-1 in 2012 making their schedule the 16th toughest schedule in the league. Last season their schedule was the 20th toughest schedule in the league.

The Bears had five primetime games in 2012. They will four primetime games in 2013 (at PIT in Week Three, v.s. NYG in Week Six, at GB in Week Nine, v.s. DAL in Week 14). They will battle the NFC East, AFC North, NFC North and two NFC opponents in the New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams.

Nothing will be easy for the Bears in 2013. However they start off at home for the first two weeks of the season which should help them find their groove early on.

They host A.J. Green and the Cincinnati Bengals in Week One. The Bears are 17-3 in home openers since 1984. The following week they welcome Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings to Soldier Field.

They go on the road in back-to-back weeks starting against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. They then travel to Detroit to battle the Lions. They have two straight home games after that against the New Orleans Saints and then the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football.

They travel to Washington to battle Robert Griffin III and the Redskins in Week Seven. The bye week comes in Week Eight.

In the first seven weeks of the season they will have four home games and three road games. In those seven games two of them will be primetime games and two will be division games.

The first two weeks don’t scare me as much as weeks three and four. Playing the Steelers and Lions in back-to-back weeks won’t be easy.  The Saints, Giants and Redskins are all very good NFC North teams, but like mentioned before if the Bears can start the season off right they could be well on their way.

Coming back from the bye the Bears have a daunting task on the road on Monday Night Football against their arch rival in the Green Bay Packers.

The host the Lions and the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens the next two weeks at Soldier Field.

They then travel to St. Louis and Minnesota to battle the Rams and Vikings the following weeks. They return home to host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, a rematch of last year’s matchup on Monday night.

They visit Cleveland and Philadelphia the next two weeks and end the season at home against the Packers.

This schedule ranks exactly right in the middle of the pack in the NFL at 16th according to the 2012 records of the Bears’ opponents. Take away those records and look at the matchups ahead it doesn’t seem quite that easy for the Bears.

One positive however is the fact that the start the season at home for the first two weeks. They also don’t play the Packers until after the bye in Week Eight and won’t face the Super Bowl Ravens until Week 11.

They have more winnable games in the back-end of their schedule. The first seven weeks of their schedule are filled with matchups against very solid teams. Other than the primetime games all of the afternoon matchups will be at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Toughest Matchups

Week Three against Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football.

Week Four against Washington.

Week Eight against Green Bay on Monday Night Football.

Week 11 versus Baltimore.

Thoughts

How do you feel about the Bears 2013-14 schedule? Do you think they will be able to win 10 or more games in Marc Trestman’s first year as the head coach?

Does the Bears schedule favor them in anyway or not at all?

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