Although the Bears didn't make the playoffs last season, they showed flashes of tremendous potential under first-year head coach Marc Trestman.
With the full week-by-week 2014-2015 season schedule finally released things can now be looked at much closer than before.
Overall, the Bears rank 15th according to ESPN's strength of schedule with opponents holding a .496 winning percentage from a season ago.
The Raiders have the toughest schedule, while the Colts have the easiest schedule according to the winning percentages of opponents.
However, the Bears have the eighth toughest road schedule (.539), but own the 28th toughest home schedule (.453).
No week is ever easy in the NFL, but the Bears road ahead looks considerably winnable minus a couple tough road matchups against Super Bowl contenders early on.
The Bears are set to appear in five primetime games as well as take part in Thanksgiving Day against the Lions.
Other than the six games against NFC North opponents (Packers, Lions, Vikings), the Bears will play the NFC South and AFC East and two other NFC teams in the 49ers and Cowboys.
The Bears will open the season at home against the rebuilding Buffalo Bills, but after that they play only two games at Soldier Field until getting a Week Nine bye.
The toughest games over the first part of the season are: Week Two at San Fran, Week Four v.s. Green Bay and Week Eight at New England.
They host Miami in Week Seven as the other home matchup, while traveling to New York to play the Jets in Week Three and facing Atlanta in Week Six.
After the Week Nine bye, the Bears head on the road to play Green Bay. They play on the road only two other times in the second part of the season against Detroit in Week 13 (Thanksgiving) and at Minnesota in Week 17.
After the Week 10 tilt with the Packers, the Bears welcome Minnesota and Tampa Bay to town the past two weeks. Week 14-16, they host Dallas, New Orleans and Detroit in that order, the first two during primetime.
You have to like the Bears chances if they can come out over .500 during the first half of the season. With a solid off-season and potentially a nice draft by Phil Emery and Co. the Bears could win the NFC North or at the very least earn a wild card spot.
Here's a look at the full Bears 2014-15 schedule:
|1||Sept. 7||vs. Buffalo Bills||1 p.m.||FOX|
|2||Sept. 14||at San Francisco 49ers||8:30 p.m.||NBC|
|3||Sept. 22||at New York Jets||8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|4||Sept. 28||vs. Green Bay Packers||1 p.m.||FOX|
|5||Oct. 5||at Carolina Panthers||1 p.m.||FOX|
|6||Oct. 12||at Atlanta Falcons||1 p.m.||FOX|
|7||Oct. 19||vs. Miami Dolphins||1 p.m.||CBS|
|8||Oct. 26||at New England Patriots||1 p.m.||FOX|
|10||Nov. 9||at Green Bay Packers||8:30 p.m.||NBC|
|11||No. 16||vs. Minnesota Vikings||1 p.m.||FOX|
|12||Nov. 23||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1 p.m.||FOX|
|13||Nov. 27||at Detroit Lions||12:30 p.m.||CBS|
|14||Dec. 4||vs. Dallas Cowboys||8:25 p.m.||NFL Network|
|15||Dec. 15||vs. New Orleans Saints||8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|16||Dec. 21||vs. Detroit Lions||1 p.m.||FOX|
|17||Dec. 28||at Minnesota Vikings||1 p.m.||FOX|
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