The Bears 2013 schedule was just released, and we all know that it is very tough. All the NFC North opponents are always challenging, so the team automatically has six challenging games. Then there is the AFC North, which to me is the toughest division in the league. The Ravens are the defending champions, the Steelers are always decent at worst, and the two orange-helmeted teams are both on the rise. The NFC East is also very competitive, and it is hard to tell how good some of the division’s teams will be. Then there are games against the Saints and Rams. The Rams finished a half a game below .500 and I think they are on the rise. The Saints just got back their head coach and they could easily get back to their winning ways. This year’s schedule is by no means a cake walk.
A lot of people dread having difficult schedules for obvious reasons. I don’t. I love that the Bears schedule is challenging. Here’s how I see it. When your team has an easy schedule and cruises through the regular season with an 11-5 record, the playoffs generally don’t end well. Just ask the 2010 Bears. This is either because the team has trouble preparing for stronger teams or because the team just isn’t as good as they look. However, a difficult schedule means that a team is actually as good as their record. If you win games against good teams, it generally means you are a good team. A difficult schedule shows more about a team’s character and identity than a weak one. And while the schedule is very tough, so are the Bears.
So what do you think? Would you rather have an easy schedule or a tough schedule? Do you even think that the schedule is as tough as I think it is? Comment below!