Breaking down the Bears’ 2017 schedule

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Oct 2, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears head coach John Fox during the second half against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The league schedule for the 2017 NFL season is now public. If 2016 records are any indication, then it will likely be a long year for the Chicago Bears.

They will face many challenges in the first four games of the season.

For those of you counting at home, their first four opponents had a combined 41 wins in 2016. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Bears ended up going winless in the month of September.

While their opponents in October aren’t as awe-inspiring, they could all possibly beat Chicago this year, too.

Despite their 2016 season, the Panthers could be a bounce-back candidate this year. The Vikings, Saints and Ravens could all be fringe playoff contenders, as well.


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The Bears will have their bye week during Week 9. Considering that the bye week will come after eight tough games, they will accept that week off with open arms.

They will go on to face two divisional foes, followed by a visit to Philadelphia. Chicago went 1-4 against Detroit and Green Bay, so those two games will likely be a challenge.

Luckily for the Bears, they will have two fairly easy games in December against Cleveland and San Francisco. In fact, only one of the teams that they will face made the playoffs last year.

In all, Chicago will be facing a playoff team six times in 16 games. From a logical standpoint, it appears that they will only be the favorites in two of the games they play this year. While anything can happen from now until Week 1, the 2017 season looks like it will be a long one for the Bears.

This is not good news for head coach John Fox. Now entering his third year as the team’s head coach, he needs a bounce-back season to secure his job. However, considering the teams that his squad will go up against, he may need a miracle to do so.

– Jacob Infante is a National Editor for cover32 and also covers the Chicago Bears. What do you think about the Bears’ 2017 schedule? Let him know on Twitter @jacobinfante24.

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  • lvmra

    Wow. Bears better toughen up quick. It could be a brutal year again.