2024 Bears schedule: dates and times for all 17 games, strength of schedule, final record prediction

The Lions and Packers were the talk of the NFC North during the 2023 NFL season, but the Bears have positioned themselves to make some noise in 2024.

Chicago cashed in on the No. 1 pick it received as part of the Bryce Young trade to land USC star Caleb Williams. They moved on from Justin Fields for that and added weapons like D’Andre Swift, Keenan Allen and Rome Odunze to support Williams during his first season.

Matt Eberflus’ defense made big strides in late 2023, putting the Bears on the verge of a breakout. To what extent may be determined by the readiness of Williams, who is viewed by many as a franchise quarterback.

The good news is that Chicago has a fairly easy schedule that could allow the Bears to make the playoffs for the first time since 2020.

Here’s a complete look at the Bears’ 2024 schedule, including dates, start times and analysis for their slate of games.

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Chicago Bears Schedule 2024

The Bears’ full schedule will be released Wednesday, May 15, as part of the NFL’s schedule announcement. Their opponents for the 2024 NFL season are as follows:

  • At home: Lions, Packers, Vikings, Rams, Seahawks, Jaguars, Titans, Panthers, Patriots
  • Away: Lions, Packers, Vikings, Cardinals, 49ers, Texans, Colts, Commanders

The Bears are playing a last-place schedule after being tied with the Vikings as the worst team in the NFC North last season. Chicago gets its normal slate of six division games and also faces each AFC South and NFC West team as part of their annual rotation.

Chicago will play seven games against teams that made the playoffs last season. That includes four division games against the Packers and Lions, who the Bears will have to play well against to make any kind of noise in the division.

Carries the power of the scheme

According to Sharp Football Analysis, the Bears have the third-easiest schedule for the 2024 NFL season. This analysis is based on the projected win totals for each of Chicago’s opponents for the upcoming season, rather than their 2023 records.

Chicago had the fourth-easiest strength of schedule in 2023 en route to a 7-10 record. The Bears will be better as a team in 2024, so as long as they stay healthy, they should have a good chance of surpassing their win total from last season.

Bear prediction 2024

Toughest tests: The Bears have a tough divisional schedule, and facing the Lions and Packers on the road won’t be fun. Chicago has lost 10 straight games to Green Bay and three of its last four games to Detroit.

Elsewhere, playing high-powered offenses like the Rams (at home) and 49ers and Texans (on the road) could challenge the Bears. Caleb Williams may be a franchise quarterback, but if he’s asked to go against Matthew Stafford, Brock Purdy or CJ Stroud early in his career, he might not be quite ready for the task.

Biggest breaks: The Bears will benefit from playing a last-place schedule. They have matchups at home with the Panthers and Patriots, and their underrated defense should be able to effectively limit Bryce Young and Drake Maye (or Jacoby Brissett) in those games.

The Titans with Will Levis should also be an easier matchup for the Bears at home while traveling to take on the rebuilding Cardinals and Commanders, which should also be solid matchups.

Briefly: The Bears enter the 2024 NFL season as a potential breakout team, but will they be ready for the spotlight? The team has a great receiving corps of DJ Moore, Keenan Allen and Rome Odunze to back up No. 1 Williams, so the offense should be more efficient and explosive than last season.

Defensively, Chicago improved tremendously after acquiring Montez Sweat on the defensive line. As long as he stays healthy, the Bears have the makings of a top-10 defense and have playmakers at every level.

If all goes well, the Bears could be among the NFC’s top wild-card candidates. However, they play in a tough division, so there’s no guarantee they can compete effectively enough against the Lions and Packers to clinch the postseason field.

At best, Chicago can dominate its lower-ranked opponents and reach double figures. At worst, the Bears could endure another 7-10 season before Williams is ready to elevate his team to contender status.

We’ll be optimistic and say the Bears figure out a way to post a winning record in 2024.

Record prediction: 9-8