A quick look at the Bears 2012 schedule.
Sunday, Sept. 9 - Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts at Soldier Field noon (CBS)
Thursday, Sept. 13 - Bears vs. Green Bay Packers, at Lambeau Field 7:20 p.m. (NFLN)
Sunday, Sept. 23 - Bears vs. St. Louis Rams, at Soldier Field noon (FOX)
Monday, Oct. 1 - Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys, at Cowboys Stadium 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Oct. 7 - Bears vs. Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field at 3:05 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Oct. 14 - Bye Week
Monday, Oct. 22 - Bears vs. Detroit Lions at Soldier Field at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Oct. 28 - Bears vs. Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field at noon (FOX)
Sunday, Nov. 4 - Bears vs. Tennessee Titans at LP Field at Noon (FOX)
Sunday, Nov. 11 - Bears vs. Houston Texans at Soldier Field at7:20 p.m. (NBC)
Monday, Nov. 19 - Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Nov. 25 - Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field at noon (FOX)
Sunday, Dec. 2 - Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field at noon (FOX)
Sunday, Dec. 9 - Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at noon (FOX)
Sunday, Dec. 16 - Bears vs. Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field at noon (FOX)
Sunday, Dec. 23 - Bears vs. Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium at 3:15 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Dec. 30 - Bears vs. Detroit Lions at Ford Field at noon (FOX)
Overall, based on their opponents 2011 records, the Bears schedule is tied for 20th toughest in the NFL with several other teams, including Lions.
But the Vikings have the ninth toughest schedule, and the Packers have the second-easiest.
The start to the season is fairly generous. Yes, they've got a road game at Lambeau Field, on Thursday night. But their other two games are against the two worst teams from 2011: the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Rams. Sure, both teams could be much improved. But, Bears need to handle business at home.
I think the tough part of the schedule is at the end of the season, when the Bears host the Packers, then head on the road against the Arizona Cardinals then the Lions. Also, I think it's a disadvantage, especially for a team with several players over 30, to have the bye so early in the year.
What are your thoughts on the schedule?