4. Week 2 @ San Francisco 49ers
This will be a barometer game to see where the Bears offense stands against one of the top defenses in the league. Add the pomp and circumstance of a new stadium opening in prime time and you’ve got all the makings of a statement game to set the tone for the season. The Bears can survive a loss, but they can raise a lot of eyebrows around the league with a win.
3. Week 15 vs New Orleans Saints
The Bears will be coming off 11 days rest leading up to this game. The Saints figure to be one of the top teams in the league, but should get slowed down on a cold December night. This is one of those home games you have to win if you’re serious about playing deep into January.