2013 Chicago Bears Schedule: Full Listing of Dates, Times and TV Info

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIApril 19, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 23:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears thows a pass during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Bears defeated the Cardinals 28-13.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The NFL released the detailed schedule for the 2013 season, and the Chicago Bears will begin a new era of football against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The NFC North figures to be one of the toughest divisions in the NFL in 2013. As long as the Green Bay Packers have Aaron Rodgers, they will at least be formidable. The Minnesota Vikings are set up to be improved with the addition of Greg Jennings, and you never know what to expect from the Detroit Lions.

Perhaps the most intriguing team in the division, however, is the Bears.

This will be the first year under new head coach and offensive guru Marc Trestman, and the question on everyone's mind is whether or not the Bears can finally field a dangerous offense.

The player that has symbolized the team for over a decade is no longer a member of the organization. The Bears couldn't come to terms with future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher, and now they must hope that his replacement, D.J. Williams, along with others can maintain the defense's high level of play.

Because of the strong division, the overall schedule is no cakewalk. The non-division games aren't exactly child's play either as the Bears take on the AFC North and NFC East this season.

Here's a look at the entire schedule.


2013 Chicago Bears Schedule
Week Date Opponent Time (ET) TV
1 Sept. 8
vs. Cincinnati Bengals 1 p.m.  CBS
2 Sept. 15
vs. Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m.  FOX
3 Sept. 22
at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:30 p.m. NBC
4 Sept. 29 at Detroit Lions 1 p.m FOX
5 Oct. 6 vs. New Orleans Saints 1 p.m FOX
6 Oct. 10 New York Giants 8:20 p.m. NFL Network
7 Oct. 20 at Washington Redskins  1 p.m.  FOX
8 Oct. 27 BYE WEEK
9 Nov. 4 at Green Bay Packers 8:40 p.m. ESPN
10 No. 10 vs. Detroit Lions 1 p.m. FOX
11 Nov. 17 vs. Baltimore Ravens  1 p.m. CBS
12 Nov. 24 at St. Louis Rams 1 p.m. FOX
13 Dec. 1 at Minnesota Vikings  1 p.m. FOX
14 Dec. 9 vs. Dallas Cowboys  8:40 ESPN
15 Dec. 15 at Cleveland Browns  1 p.m. FOX
16 Dec. 22
at Philadelphia Eagles 1 p.m.  FOX
17 Dec. 29
vs. Green Bay Packers  1 p.m. FOX

Note: For a complete look at Chicago's 2013 schedule, check out NFL.com.


Elite Quarterbacks

It was always fun watching Urlacher duel with opposing quarterbacks, yelling adjustments to his teammates to get the unit into the proper position.

Now Williams will be in that role, and he'll go head-to-head with some of the game's best signal-callers.

Obviously he'll see Rodgers twice, but aside from the Packers' star, the Bears will also have to contend with Tony Romo, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Robert Griffin III, Drew Brees and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.

Unless there are a rash of injuries to their opposing passers, this defense will certainly be tested throughout the year.

Fans, coaches and the media will also be watching Jay Cutler's performance in these games against the best players at his position. This is the final year of his contract, and that will be a constant theme of conversation through the year.

The Bears are hoping he can do what Flacco did in his contract year of 2012. With Trestman running the offense and with additions to the offensive line like Jermon Bushrod, this is the year Cutler needs to prove he's an elite quarterback.


Most Pivotal Matchups

You can pretty much circle the two games with the Packers every year as pivotal matchups for the Bears, but I also think both games with the Vikings will be huge. This season could actually see a legitimate three-team race for the division crown.

In terms of non-division games, the matchup with RGIII and the Washington Redskins could also have huge postseason implications. Both teams figure to be contenders in competitive divisions, and this game could actually be very important for a tiebreaker at the end of the season.

Winning at FedEx Field is no simple task. The Skins won five of their last six games at home to end the 2012 regular season. This could be a measuring-stick game for both teams.



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