Chicago Bears 2012 Opponents Offer Enticing Road Trip Opportunities


One of Brad Biggs’ 10 Thoughts coming off the Bears trip to London was a list of the Bears’ 2012 opponents.  As you might know, the NFL schedule is structured so the opponents are largely known.  Aside from the usual NFC North foes, here’s a list of who the Bears will host at Soldier Field in 2012:

2012 Home opponents

St. Louis

Seattle

Houston

Indianapolis

NFC South like finisher – as it stands today, it would be the Atlanta Falcons coming back for another trip to Chicago.

It’s never too early to plan your Bears trip, so check out the road opponents and great Bears trip opportunities after the jump… 

2012 Road opponents

Arizona

San Francisco

Jacksonville

Tennessee

NFC East like finisher – currently the Washington Redskins.

Myself and a group of friends take a trip to see an away Bears game each year.  For many, it’s the only Bears game they’ll get to see in person.  It’s also the only time I’ll see a few of these guys every year.  It’s a great tradition and I urge you to try to start a tradition like this for yourself.  We were smart and started doing it before we all got married and had kids, so the trip has some precedent with our families.

The 2012 season offers some great opportunities to see the Beloved.  We have been to Arizona, San Francisco and Jacksonville, so Tennessee will be a top target as the goal of this trip is to ultimately make it to each NFL stadium.  Tennessee has an added advantage that it’s drivable, which is a bonus since flights these days are so damn expensive.

Arizona’s tailgating in second to none.  It’s a great setup, a great crowd and pretty friendly with many transplanted Chicagoans there.

San Fran is an amazing city to visit, but I have to say that the fans there were about the jerkiest we’ve encountered in our 15 years of trips.

Jacksonville is kind of a dump of a city – like Detroit with palm trees, but this trip is keyed by staying on the beach.  We had a great time in Jacksonville Beach and since the team has a hard time selling tickets, it’s easy to score some good seats at a reasonable price.

I haven’t been to D.C., but I’ve heard there’s a great night life there.  Plus, I’ve never been, so I’d love to see our nation’s capital while the Bears pound the Deadskins.

Of course, this is in addition to a trip to Minneapolis, Detroit or Green Bay, none of which are all too appealing at the moment.  (We’ve been to Detroit and Minny, and I’m not quite ready to go to Lambeau.

If you were taking a trip, which way would you point your compass?  Let’s hear ya.