The Bears will begin the upcoming season at home for the first time in six years when they take on divisional foe Detroit on Sept. 12. Following a 2004 home-opener against the Lions, the Bears played five straight opening week games on the road against Washington, Green Bay, San Diego, Indianapolis, and the Packers again last fall.
Losing four games last year by twenty points or more did not discourage the schedule makers from assigning the Bears to four prime time games this year. The size of the Chicago market and the loyal following across the nation combined with marquee players like Jay Cutler, Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher, and Lance Briggs, served as enough reason to showcase the Bears on the national stage.
After the Bears face the Lions in Week 1, they face the Cowboys on the road, host the Packers on Monday night, and then travel to New York to face the Giants in their new stadium the following Sunday night.
Peppers will then get a chance to see his old team and city when the Bears travel to Carolina on Oct. 10. The Bears then host Seattle and Washington prior to their bye week in Week 8.
Following the bye, the Bears will travel to Toronto to face the Bills for the first regular season game played out of the country in Bears history.
The Bears then host Minnesota on Nov. 14, travel to Miami four days later for a Thursday night game with the Dolphins, and then host Philadelphia for the third-straight season.
The Bears better have built up a good record by that point because their last five games figure to be the toughest stretch of the season. They kick off December against what should be an improved Lions team in Detroit. They host New England on Dec. 12, travel to Minnesota for a Monday night game against the division rival Vikings, host the Jets the day after Christmas, and then travel to Green Bay to close out the regular season on Jan. 2.