2009 NFL schedule to be released Tuesday

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The NFL will release the 2009 regular season schedule on Tuesday. We’ve known for quite some time what opponents the Bears and other teams would be playing, as well as the fact that the Bears are scheduled to face the Packers on Sunday night in Week 1. Now, we’ll get to see how the rest of their schedule plays out.

According to the NFL Network, the Bears have the easiest schedule statistically according to last year’s results. As we know in the NFL, that could amount to nothing due to the parity in the league and the propensity of a team to go from worst to first, or vice versa, in one season. Look no further than the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Dolphins for proof of that.

Even though the Bears have the easiest schedule statistically, they do face 7 playoff teams from a year ago, and their divisional foes, Minnesota and Green Bay, are right behind them on the easy schedule list at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. We know Detroit’s 0-16 record helped put the Bears at the top of this list, but you’ve got to figure that they’ll be an improved team this year. They certainly can’t go anywhere but up from a winless season.

Still, it’s got to be encouraging for Bears fans to see them enter the 2009 campaign with a new quarterback, an improved defense led by a new coaching staff, and a favorable schedule.

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