Based on the 2019 records of their opponents, the Bears are tied for the NFL’s 13th most difficult 2020 schedule. The 16 teams they’ll face combined to post a .508 winning percentage (129-125-2) this past season.
The Bears are slated to host the Packers (13-3 in 2019), Vikings (10-6), Lions (3-12-1), Saints (13-3), Buccaneers (7-9), Texans (10-6), Colts (7-9) and Giants (4-12); and visit the Packers (13-3), Vikings (10-6), Lions (3-12-1), Falcons (7-9), Panthers (5-11), Titans (9-7), Jaguars (6-10) and Rams (9-7).
The Bears will play seven of their 16 games against 2019 playoff teams, with two each versus the Packers and Vikings and one apiece against the Saints, Texans and Titans. Based on the NFL’s rotating schedule format, the Bears and the rest of the NFC North will face all four teams in both the NFC South and AFC South in 2020.
Every NFL team also plays two games against counterparts from other divisions in the same conference that finished in the same place in the standings the previous season. With the Bears finishing third in the NFC North, they’ll face the Giants (4-12) and Rams (9-7). The NFC North champion Packers will play the Eagles (9-7) and 49ers (13-3); the second-place Vikings will face the Cowboys (8-8) and Seahawks (11-5); and the fourth-place Lions will take on the Redskins (3-13) and Cardinals (5-10-1).
The Lions are tied for the fifth most difficult schedule in 2020, facing opponents with a .525 winning percentage (134-121-1). The Vikings are tied for 10th (.516, 131-123-2), while the Packers are 15th (.504, 128-126-2).
The Patriots have the NFL’s most difficult schedule, playing against opponents that compiled a .537 winning percentage (137-118-1). The Ravens have the easiest schedule, facing opponents with a .438 winning percentage (112-144).