The Bears knew where they would stand, after playing three 2010 playoff teams.
The opponents were as challenging as any team could face, but the Bears would at least get the benefit of playing two of those games at Soldier Field.
Many figured 2-1 would be a good start. But 1-2 is their reality, and even more discouraging is the way they got there: a lot of the same problems from 2010, with a few new concerns cropping up.
The Bears struggled on third down, and they had problems establishing the run, protecting the quarterback and making routine catches.
There were also a litany of penalties and blown assignments.
But, the Bears run defense has also looked suspect, with Michael Turner gashing them in Week 1 and Green Bay Packers running back averaging 5.4 yards carry on Sunday, as his team reached 100 rushing yards on the nose.
That the Bears have dug a hole in the NFC North isn't a surprise; the Packers are the defending Super Bowl champions, and they're among the favorites to win this year. But the Packers have company atop the NFC North with the Detroit Lions a surprising 3-0.
The Bears face a must-win game next Sunday, as they host the Carolina Panthers, then they will play in a rare Monday night game in Detroit.
In other words, the Bears face a desperate situation, or else they could dig themselves too big a hole to dig out of.