The NFL finally gave us something to talk about that isn't draft related- The Chicago Bears schedule has been released, and it is a doozy:
|1||Sun/Sep 7||Noon||Buffalo Bills||Chicago Bears||Season Opener - CBS|
|2||Sun/Sep 14||SNF||Chicago Bears||San Francisco 49ers||Open new SF stadium - NBC|
|3||Mon/Sep 22||MNF||Chicago Bears||New York Jets||Gruden likes all of the things. - ESPN|
|4||Sun/Sep 28||Noon||Green Bay Packers||Chicago Bears||Fox|
|5||Sun/Oct 5||Noon||Chicago Bears||Carolina Panthers||Fox|
|6||Sun/Oct 12||Noon||Chicago Bears||Atlanta Falcons||Fox|
|7||Sun/Oct 19||Noon||Miami Dolphins||Chicago Bears||CBS|
|8||Sun/Oct 26||Noon||Chicago Bears||New England Patriots||Fox|
|10||Sun/Nov 9||SNF||Chicago Bears||Green Bay Packers||NBC|
|11||Sun/Nov 16||Noon||Minnesota Vikings||Chicago Bears||Fox|
|12||Sun/Nov 23||Noon||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Chicago Bears||Fox|
|13||Thu/Nov 27||Noon||Chicago Bears||Detroit Lions||Thanksgiving|
|14||Thu/Dec 4||TNF||Dallas Cowboys||Chicago Bears||NFLN|
|15||Mon/Dec 15||MNF||New Orleans Saints||Chicago Bears||Gruden likes all of the things. - ESPN|
|16||Sun/Dec 21||Noon||Detroit Lions||Chicago Bears||Fox|
|17||Sun/Dec 28||Noon||Chicago Bears||Minnesota Vikings||Fox|
Lester told us all about the strength of this schedule earlier today. Check out what he had to say about this 15th ranked schedule.
Some early quick hits:
- Early defining games against the 49ers and Packers, not unreasonable to have a good split coming out, and definitely sets the tone for the rest of the season.
- Divisonal backload: Most division games played in week 10 or later
- Weeks 16&17 likely determine the division.
- NFL can now flex games as early as Week 5