The Chicago Bears have reloaded with talent on offense and they are ready to make a run at a Super Bowl title in 2012-13, so the opportunity to size up their path to the playoffs is increasingly important this year. On Tuesday night, the National Football League will release the full 256-game regular season schedule at 6 p.m. CT, so if you want to know what Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Michael Bush, Julius Peppers, Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Charles Tillman and company will be up against, that's the first chance to find out for sure.
The home and road opponents have already been decided, but the order of play is an important factor to the whole equation. In 2012-13, the Bears will play the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. Road opponents will be the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.
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NFL.com be the first outlet with complete team-by-team and weekly schedules, and TV coverage of the schedule unveiling will take place via the 2012 Schedule Release Show Presented by Verizon on the NFL Network at 6 p.m. CT.
In the preseason, the Bears will take on the new-look Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins at home, and there will also be away games against the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns. Here's a link to every preseason game this year.
ESPN will also discuss the release of the 2012 NFL Regular Season with a special edition of SportsCenter at 6p.m. CT.