It’s always a special day when the NFL schedule is released. The 2013 season will definitely have a different feel for the Chicago Bears. Lovie Smith is out as head coach and Marc Trestman is in with his new offense. For the first time in over a decade, Brian Urlacher will not be patrolling the middle of the field in the Orange and Blue to open the season.
The opponents have been set for a while, but there’s always a special magic to learn the actual schedule. We already knew that the Bears would be playing the challenging AFC North (Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore and Cincinnati) and NFC East (Washington, New York, Dallas and Philadelphia) and the like finishers (3rd place) in the NFC South (New Orleans) and NFC West (St Louis) in addition to the usual NFC North matchups with Green Bay, Detroit and Minnesota. But now, it’s finally here, the 2013 NFL Schedule. Here are the dates and times for the Bears:
|9/22||at Pittsburgh||7:30 p.m.||NBC|
|10/10||NEW YORK||7:25 p.m.||NFLN|
|11/4||at Green Bay||7:40 p.m.||ESPN|
|11/24||at St. Louis||Noon-*||FOX|
So the Bears get four prime time dates including a Sunday nighter at Pittsburgh, the obligatory Thursday night game hosting the Giants and a couple of Monday Night Football games (@ Green Bay following their Bye week) and hosting Dallas on December 9th.
If you’re like me and my group of friends, we immediately start making our travel plans and figuring out the wins and losses. Which games are you most excited to see? What record are you predicting for the Marc Trestmanl-led Chicago Bears?
We’re going to have plenty more coverage of the new schedule including our absurdly early predictions for each game and an overall record for the first year of the Marc Trestman era.