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Schedule Release 2012 - Chicago

  • By Tim NFL.com
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Inside the 2012 Schedule

Is this the season of the short week for the Bears? They play not one but three Monday night games, all against tough opponents (Cowboys in Week 4, Lions in Week 7 and 49ers in Week 11), after a Thursday night showdown against the rival Packers in Week 2. They do get two games against the still-rebuilding Vikings in the stretch of what could be a tough divisional race.
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Week 2 at Packers
If the Bears fancy themselves a contender in the NFC North, then beating the Packers at their place is a surefire way to serve notice. The Bears haven't won at Lambeau since Brett Favre was under center there, back in 2007.
Week 13 vs. Seahawks
The Seahawks have beaten the Bears at Soldier Field in each of the past two regular seasons. Seattle might be a wild-card contender, so getting a head-to-head win at home as well as improving their conference record will be integral to the Bears' playoff outlook.
Week 17 at Lions
The NFC North could be a three-horse race, with the Lions showing that they can compete in 2011. The Bears got undressed on Monday night in Ford Field, particularly the offensive line (which has been a problem). A stronger showing and a division win make the road to the division title much easier.

 

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