Thanks to leaks to the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs, here is the Chicago Bears 2017 NFL Schedule!
I won’t bore you with an introductory paragraph, here is the Chicago Bears 2017 schedule per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune (home games in bold).
September 10 Atlanta Falcons
September 17 AT Tampa Bay Buccaneers
September 24 Pittsburgh Steelers
September 28 AT Green Bay Packers (Thursday Night)
October 9 Minnesota Vikings (Monday Night)
October 15 AT Baltimore Ravens
October 22 Carolina Panthers
October 29 AT New Orleans Saints
November 5 BYE
November 12 Green Bay Packers
November 19 Detroit Lions
November 26 AT Philadelphia Eagles
December 3 San Francisco 49ers
December 10 AT Cincinnati Bengals
December 16 AT Detroit Lions (Saturday)
December 24 Cleveland Browns
December 31 AT Minnesota Vikings
Some initial thoughts out of the gate- the Bears schedule is very hard to start. Sure, you can’t base everything off of last year’s results, but there isn’t a game in September I would expect the Bears to win. I think the Bears easily could start off 0-4 heading into the Minnesota Vikings game on Monday Night Football.
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Despite the fact that the Bears are coming off a dreadful season, the fact that they are based in Chicago and one of the elder statesmen in the league, they will be on three nationally televised games. They will be on the guaranteed Thursday Night game that every team in the league must play. Per NFL tradition, the Bears will play the Packers in Lambeau. They also have one MNF game on October 9th against the Minnesota Vikings and they have a Saturday tilt against the Detroit Lions on December 16th once the college football season wraps up.
The Bears schedule after the bye appears to be easier, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility for the Bears to start the season 0-8. I fully expect the Bears to exceed those massive expectations and grab a couple pre-bye wins, but this schedule, combined with the Bears talent on the roster, doesn’t seem to open the doors for more than about a 5-11 season.