Beyond securing the 14th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday to end their season also solidified the team’s list of opponents for the 2014 seasons.
At home next season, the Bears will play all three oft their divisional opponents once to go along with games against the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, and the Miami Dolphins.
On the road next season, the Bears will play all three of their divisional opponents once to go along with games against the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, and the New York Jets.
As for official dates and start times, the NFL does not announce that aspect of the 2014 schedule until Spring.
Nonetheless the Bears, judging from where teams finished at end of the 2013 season, seem to have a favorable strength of schedule.
The Bears play the NFC South and AFC East next season. Beyond the top teams in each of those two divisions–the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, and Carolina Panthers–no other team in those divisions pose as a significant threat. Granted, a team like the Atlanta Falcons will likely bounce back from their disappointing 2013 season in 2014. Though, this is all premature with an entire off-season still to play out.
The games between the Cowboys and 49ers were determined by the Bears second place finish in the NFC North division.