The Chicago Bears finished their 2011 season on Sunday—New Year’s Day—with an 8-8 (.500) record, ranked 15th overall in the National Football League. It was the first time the team went a perfect .500 in almost 30 years (1983).
Not as if that’s something to be proud of …
The Bears missed the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five seasons under head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jerry Angelo, thanks much to the losses of their starting quarterback and starting tail back.
The Chicago Bears completed the 2011 season ranked eighth in the National Football Conference and third in the NFC North Division behind the Lions and Packers.
Late Sunday night, the team announced their home/road future opponents to the media via email, and also on the team website.
The Bears had their schedule affected by the New York Giants’ victory over the Dallas Cowboys on New Year’s Day.
The team is currently scheduled to play the AFC South (Texans, Colts, Jaguars and Titans), the NFC West (Cardinals, Rams, 49ers and Seahawks) and—of course—their own division, the NFC North (Bears, Lions, Packers and Vikings) in 2012. They will also play one NFC South and one NFC East opponent in 2012—not revealed on the team website but listed below.
Here’s the road/home schedule—sans dates—for 2012:
|CHICAGO BEARS 2012 OPPONENTS|
|Seattle Seahawks||Arizona Cardinals|
|St. Louis Rams||San Francisco 49ers|
|Houston Texans||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Indianapolis Colts||Tennessee Titans|
|Carolina Panthers (NFC South)||Dallas Cowboys (NFC East)|
|Detroit Lions||Detroit Lions|
|Green Bay Packers||Green Bay Packers|
|Minnesota Vikings||Minnesota Vikings|
Schedule dates are typically announced in mid-April.
While you wait, have a look at this updated two-part series on the Bears' current in-house free agents as well as who they might target on the open market.