Bears 2012 Schedule: Chicago To Play Two Games In Five Days To Start Season

The 2012 schedule for the Chicago Bears was released on Tuesday along with the rest of the NFL's slate of games for next season. Fans of the Bears are optimistic that this season's slate of games will lead them to a playoff berth, but that could all change based on the results of the first two weeks.

The Bears will open the season with the new-look Indianapolis Colts, likely featuring rookie quarterback Andrew Luck in his first NFL game, before going on the road to play the division rival Green Bay Packers in Week 2. To make matters worse, the Packers game is scheduled in a Thursday night primetime slot just five days after the season opener.

If the Bears are able to exit their opening two-week stretch unscathed, there's a good chance the optimism emanating from Chicago makes sense. If it gets ugly early, however, Bears fans might be in for a long ride.

The team's full schedule is included below.

Week 1: vs. Indianapolis Colts

Week 2: at Green Bay Packers

Week 3: vs. St. Louis Rams

Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys

Week 5: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 6: Bye

Week 7: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 8: vs. Carolina Panthers

Week 9: at Tennessee Titans

Week 10: vs. Houston Texans

Week 11: at San Francisco 49ers

Week 12: vs. Minnesota Vikings

Week 13: vs. Seattle Seahawks

Week 14: at Minnesota Vikings

Week 15: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 16: at Arizona Cardinals

Week 17: at Detroit Lions

For updates on the Bears' 2012 schedule, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, head over to Bears blog Windy City Gridiron. And for more from around the NFL, visit SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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