Looking at the Bears schedule, it's easy to get discouraged. The thing to keep in mind, though, is that the Bears have the "benefit" of finishing third in 2012, so their schedule is slightly different. Check out the schedule, and we'll talk about it below.
|Week 1||Bengals||@ 49ers||Vikings||@ Lions|
|Week 2||Vikings||Redskins||@ Cardinals||@ Bears|
|Week 3||@ Steelers||@ Bengals||@ Redskins||Browns|
|Week 4||@ Lions||BYE||Bears||Steelers|
|Week 5||Saints||Lions||@ Packers||BYE|
|Week 6||Giants||@ Ravens||@ Browns||Panthers|
|Week 7||@ Redskins||Browns||Bengals||@ Giants|
|Week 8||BYE||@ Vikings||Cowboys||Packers|
|Week 9||@ Packers||Bears||BYE||@ Cowboys|
|Week 10||Lions||Eagles||@ Bears||Redskins|
|Week 11||Ravens||@ Giants||@ Steelers||@ Seahawks|
|Week 12||@ Rams||Vikings||Buccaneers||@ Packers|
|Week 13||@ Vikings||@ Lions||Packers||Bears|
|Week 14||Cowboys||Falcons||@ Eagles||@ Ravens|
|Week 15||@ Browns||@ Cowboys||Ravens||Eagles|
|Week 16||@ Eagles||Steelers||Giants||@ Bengals|
|Week 17||Packers||@ Bears||@ Vikings||Lions|
Packers: The Packers start off tough, and aren't helped out when they reach their bye in week 4. Furthermore, they spend the last 8 weeks of the season alternating home and away, which can play havoc with a team who is trying to establish some rhythm.
Lions: The Lions bye comes in week 9, which should be a good chance for them to regroup and move forward through the second half of the season. If they have their game together, they could have a very good chance at finishing strong, with two of their last three games at home.
Vikings: The Vikings are another early bye team. They also start off with back to back road games, something no other team in the division has to do. The middle of their schedule could be rough on them, with three straight games against 2012 playoff teams, including two games on the road.
As you can see, it could be worse. Provided the Bears can get off to a decent enough start, they could push through the backside of the season and grab one of those six elusive spots.
What do you think, Bears fans? Whose schedule would you rather have? Vote below!