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As the Bears kick off their minicamp, we see a lot of new faces, and a lot of familiar veterans. But, with all of the changes we've seen since the end of the 2009 season, one thing stays the same: We've got to play well at home if we expect to play beyond the regular season.
A quick look at the books show that the Bears have posted a 30-18 regular season record at home under Head Coach Lovie Smith. That's a pretty good percentage, especially when you look at the two playoff seasons ('05 and '06)... the Bears were a combined 13-3 at home.
Let's take a quick glance at the 2010 Home opponents:
As far as home games go, it certainly seems more difficult as the weather starts getting cold. We never know from year to year which teams will fall off from the previous season, but it is safe to say that November and December at Soldier Field will be gut-check time for the Bears.
The good news is that we'll have our Bye week just before November starts, so hopefully that will provide an opportunity to catch our second wind, heal up from nagging injuries, and put in a little extra preparation for the tough stretch down the road.
If the Bears are going to be postseason bound in 2010, it's all going to start at Home. One thing is for sure though... Soldier Field will be rocking in 2010. What games will you be able to make it to?