If head coach Marc Trestman is going to take the Chicago Bears to the playoffs in his first season, he certainly has his work cut out for him.
The NFL released team schedules on Thursday night, and the Bears have a tough one.
Seven of Chicago’s games are against 2012 playoff teams, four of which are within the NFC North schedule. There are also several teams that were on the bubble last year, and even the two worst teams from 2012 on the schedule (the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles) are ultra-talented.
The Bears are also a very talented team, but they’ll need to work for almost every win. There’s no Jacksonville, Oakland or Arizona on the schedule. That’s right, Cleveland is moving in the right direction.
The entire Bears schedule for 2013 is below. The following slides rank each game from easiest to hardest.
Chicago Bears 2013 schedule
Week 1: vs. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6), 1 p.m. Sunday
Week 2: vs. Minnesota Vikings (10-6), 1 p.m. Sunday
Week 3: @ Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8), 8:30 p.m. Sunday
Week 4: @ Detroit Lions (4-12), 1 p.m. Sunday
Week 5: vs. New Orleans Saints (7-9), 1 pm Sunday
Week 6: vs. New York Giants (9-7), 8:25 p.m. Thursday
Week 7: @ Washington Redskins (10-6), 1 p.m. Sunday
Week 8: Bye
Week 9: @ Green Bay Packers (11-5), 8:30 p.m. Monday
Week 10: vs. Detroit Lions (4-12), 1 p.m. Sunday
Week 11: vs. Baltimore Ravens (10-6), 1 p.m. Sunday
Week 12: @ St. Louis Rams (7-8-1), 1 p.m. Sunday
Week 13: @ Minnesota Vikings (10-6), 1 p.m. Sunday
Week 14: vs. Dallas Cowboys (8-8), 8:30 p.m. Monday
Week 15: @ Cleveland Browns (5-11), 1 p.m. Sunday
Week 16: @ Philadelphia Eagles (4-12), 1 p.m. Sunday
Week 17: vs. Green Bay Packers (11-5), 1 p.m. Sunday