Second-year head coach Marc Trestman, $100 million quarterback Jay Cutler and a rebuilt defense will lead the Chicago Bears on a quest to dethrone the Green Bay Packers as NFC North champions in 2014.
We now know the 16 games that will test the Bears along their journey, as the NFL officially released its 2014 schedule on Wednesday.
Chicago came this close to knocking off the Packers last season, but a blowout loss in Philadelphia in Week 16 and a fourth-down meltdown against Green Bay in the finale robbed the up-and-coming Bears of a chance to play in the postseason.
In year two of the Trestman era, and with big money ponied up to Cutler, the Bears will enter next season with heightened expectations. This is a club many will deem playoff worthy.
In the following slides, we'll provide way-too-early predictions for every game on Chicago's 2014 schedule.