Now that the 2013 NFL regular season is in the books, the Chicago Bears know their 2014 regular season schedule and which road trips they will be making in Mark Trestman’s second season in Chicago.
We already know the Bears will have six of their 16 games against their NFC North brethren, the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings.
The NFC North is paired with the AFC East and NFC South and by virtue of finishing in second place in the North after their gut-wrenching last second loss to the Packers at home, the Bears will play the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys.
The Bears 2014 home games are as follows: Vikings, Packers, Lions, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cowboys, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.
The Bears road games are as follows: Vikings, Packers, Lions, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, 49ers, New England Patriots and New York Jets.
Five of the Bears opponents in 2014 are in the playoffs this season.
According to HubArkush.com’s Kevin Fishbain, the combined record of those teams in 2013 (with the NFC North teams counted twice) is 125-127-4, a winning percentage of .496. Heading into this season, playing a schedule with that winning percentage would have been in the bottom half of the league in terms of strength of schedule.
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