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Chicago Bears Schedule 2014: NFL releases official dates, times, strength of schedule, & more

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The 2014 schedule for the Chicago Bears has been released. Let's dissect that here.

Jay looks forward to the 2014 season.
Jay looks forward to the 2014 season.
Jonathan Daniel

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:

Week Day/Date Time Away Home Notes
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
9 BYE
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