The NFL is set to announce the league schedule for the upcoming 2014 season at some point in the coming week, which means it is time to start analyzing the Chicago Bears‘ chances of making it through to the division title. It is already common knowledge which teams the Bears will be playing this season and whether they will be at home or away, though we still don’t know when the games will take place.
Aside from the perennial tilts against their division foes, the Bears will be squaring off against the AFC East and the formidable NFC South, highlighted by a meeting with former head coach Lovie Smith and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Facing off against former members of the Bears will be a continuing focus throughout the season for Chicago. Inside their own division especially as the team will meet with former defensive end Julius Peppers and the Green Bay Packers and former defensive lineman Corey Wootton and the Minnesota Vikings twice each.
Though, there will be plenty of familiar faces when the team meets their NFC South opponents as well. Future Hall of Fame return man, and fan favorite, Devin Hester will attempt to break the NFL returns record as a member of the Atlanta Falcons when the two teams meet in Atlanta in Hester’s first season in another uniform. Though perhaps one of the more anticipated match-ups will come when the Bears take on Smith and the Buccaneers. Former Bears QB and season savior Josh McCown will team up with veteran ex-Bears receiver Earl Bennett when they travel to Chicago at some point this season. One can only expect this to be slated as a prime time game of the week.
The Bears will need to handle these games against former allies in order to make a run at the playoffs this season, as these games will be against fellow NFC members and could be very important in the event that the Bears find themselves in a Wild Card race. This could easily be in play when former Bears defensive lineman Henry Melton and the Dallas Cowboys come to town.
The Bears will also host the Saints, Bills and Dolphins this season at Soldier Field. And they will take to the road against the Jets, Patriots, Panthers and 49ers.
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