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Chicago Bears 2013 Regular Season Schedule

| April 19th, 2013

Schedule release day!

Schedule release day!

Put the kids to bed early because the schedule hast been released! (I care about two significant elements of the schedule release: the national games and my fall bears-related travel schedule.)

WEEK ONE

Sunday, September 8th

Bears v. Bengals

NOTE: This is my favorite day of the year and I’m very happy the Bears are playing the early game. There is nothing worse than waking up at 5 AM from the excitement of a new season and having to wade through seven hours of other teams playing before the Bears kickoff.

WEEK TWO

Sunday, September 15th

Bears v. Vikings

NOTE: Two home games to start the season will be gold in Marc Trestman’s eyes. All he has to worry about from mid-August to mid-September is winning football games.

WEEK THREE

Sunday, September 22nd (Primetime)

Bears at Steelers

NOTE: You knew this game was going to draw an NBC slot and it’s wise of them to play this one early. Both these teams can just as easily win 7 games as win 11. Get them both in September when their seasons are in front of them.

WEEK FOUR

Sunday, September 29th

Bears at Lions

NOTE: Am I the only one who found this game more frightening before the Lions replaced Jason Hanson with David Akers? It is a Bears/Lions game. It’ll be close.

WEEK FIVE

Sunday, October 6th

Bears v. Saints

NOTE: This begins the most difficult stretch of the Bears season. I am sure the Bears were hoping to see Sean Payton and the Saints on the schedule once the weather flipped to frigid in late December. A beautiful early-October day was not what they had in mind.

WEEK SIX

Thursday, October 10th (Primetime)

Bears v. Giants

NOTE: Mel Tucker has to prepare for one of the most dynamic offenses in the sport – the Saints – the previous Sunday. He then has three days to prepare for another of the most dynamic offenses in the sport. Bears should be happy to split these games.

WEEK SEVEN

Sunday, October 20th

Bears at Redskins

NOTE: Impossible to evaluate a Redskins game until we find out the status of Robert Griffin. I Tweeted the other day that I believe many of us will throw the remote control at the TV at least once this summer and scream, “Just tell us when he’s ready to play football!” I think the entire league wanted to see the Redskins on their schedule inside the six-week PUP window.

WEEK EIGHT

Sunday, October 27th

Bye week.

WEEK NINE

Monday, November 4th (Primetime)

Bears at Packers

NOTE: Kudos to the NFL on seemingly altering their relationship with ESPN and Monday Night Football. ESPN has been sitting with some truly awful games the last few years and their slate in 2013 is solid. The Bears have two months to prepare for the Packers – essential for a new head coach.

WEEK TEN

Sunday, November 10th

Bears v. Lions

NOTE: Win.

WEEK ELEVEN

Sunday, November 17th

Bears v. Ravens

NOTE: I still think the NFL made an error not playing this game on the opening Thursday night but they also put the Raiders on the Thanksgiving slate so maybe I’m the crazy one. Sending the Ravens to Chicago would enable the league to send Peyton Manning back to Indianapolis on the opening Sunday night and create a really magical first weekend.

WEEK TWELVE

Sunday, November 24th

Bears at Rams

NOTE: I’ve never been to St. Louis…

WEEK THIRTEEN

Sunday, December 1st

Bears at Vikings

NOTE: I’ve never been to Minneapolis either but I’m sort of okay with that.

WEEK FOURTEEN

Monday, December 9th (Primetime)

Bears v. Cowboys

NOTE: One thing to watch here: the rating. If the Bears and Cowboys are both in fine form entering the game this will do the highest rating in the history of Monday Night Football on ESPN.

WEEK FIFTEEN

Sunday, December 15th

Bears at Browns

NOTE: If the Browns are struggling into December, expect this game to feel like a Bears home game. (It may not matter if the Browns are struggling or not.)

WEEK SIXTEEN

Sunday, December 22nd

Bears at Eagles

NOTE: Tough to win back-to-back road games in the NFL but if the Bears fancy themselves a playoff team in 2013 they are most likely going to need to win these two.

WEEK SEVENTEEN

Sunday, December 29th

Bears at Packers

NOTE: What else needs to be said?

OVERALL THOUGHT ON THE SCHEDULE

It’s fine.

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