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The Chicago Bears aren't poised to compete for an NFC North title in 2017, but they will be under the microscope following some key changes to their offense in the offseason.
That move, which cost the Bears $45 million over three years, means Glennon will be under pressure to perform. But if he's able to prove detractors wrong and lift the Bears up after they sputtered under Cutler's guidance, the Windy City could experience something of a gridiron revival this season.
Here's a look at the opponents Chicago will face starting in September, courtesy of NFL.com.
|Chicago Bears 2017 Schedule|
|1||Sept. 10||Atlanta Falcons||1 p.m.||Fox|
|2||Sept. 17||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1 p.m.||Fox|
|3||Sept. 24||Pittsburgh Steelers||1 p.m.||CBS|
|4||Sept. 28||at Green Bay Packers||8:25 p.m.||CBS/NFLN|
|5||Oct. 9||Minnesota Vikings||8:30 p.m.||ESPN|
|6||Oct. 15||at Baltimore Ravens||1 p.m.||Fox|
|7||Oct. 22||Carolina Panthers||1 p.m.||Fox|
|8||Oct. 29||at New Orleans Saints||1 p.m.||Fox|
|10||Nov. 12||Green Bay Packers||1 p.m.||Fox|
|11||Nov. 19||Detroit Lions||1 p.m.||Fox|
|12||Nov. 26||at Philadelphia Eagles||1 p.m.||Fox|
|13||Dec. 3||San Francisco 49ers||1 p.m.||CBS|
|14||Dec. 10||at Cincinnati Bengals||1 p.m.||Fox|
|15||Dec. 16||at Detroit Lions||4:30 p.m.||NFL Network|
|16||Dec. 24||Cleveland Browns||1 p.m.||CBS|
|17||Dec. 31||at Minnesota Vikings||1 p.m.||Fox|
AnalysisRey Del Rio/Getty Images
With the Bears, it all comes down to Glennon.
Although the defense needs to make some serious improvements after ranking 24th in points per game allowed (24.9) last season, the offense has failed to produce high marks through the air over the past few seasons.
Enter the team's new signal-caller, who made it no secret he thinks he can solve the team's quarterbacking woes.
"When I watched the Bears film, I saw a great offensive line, I saw a great running game and I saw playmakers on the outside," Glennon said, per Larry Mayer of the team's official website. "I saw a system that I felt fit my skill set. This was a team that I thought about over these last few months. I'm just excited that it all worked out the way that I hoped and envisioned."
The problem, though, is that the Bears no longer have elite weapons along the boundary.
With Jeffery in the City of Brotherly Love, Chicago has been left with the likes of Kevin White, Eddie Royal, Markus Wheaton, Cameron Meredith and Kendall Wright as its primary receiving targets.
That group certainly packs potential, but it's not exactly a corps full of proven commodities. As a result, expectations should be tempered as the Bears continue to retool their offense.
In order to take some pressure off Glennon, look for Chicago's coaching staff to lean heavily on second-year running back Jordan Howard after he finished second in the NFL in rushing yards as a rookie.
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The Bears own the NFL's 19th-toughest schedule in terms of opponents' 2016 winning percentage (.479), per CBSSports.com's John Breech, but wins figure to be few and far between in 2017.
As a result, fans should be focused on games that give Chicago its best chance to emerge victorious.
However, the Bears do always play teams in the NFC North tough—which means a couple of division wins could be in order if things break the right way.
So while a fourth straight year of residency in the NFC North cellar may be in order, the Bears do have a slew of games worth looking forward to as they seek to make minor strides in the win column.
Source : http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2698623-2017-chicago-bears-schedule-full-listing-of-dates-times-and-tv-info