NFL Releases 2007 Season Schedule

The NFL released the 2007 regular season slate on Wednesday, and needless to say, the Bears weren't quite as lucky as they were a year ago. After finishing 2006 with the easiest schedule in the league based on winning percentage, the Monsters of the Midway will have many more challenges this coming season. Reigning MVP LaDainian Tomlinson and the San Diego Chargers await in Week 1.

Week 1 – at San Diego Chargers (3:15 p.m. on FOX)
League MVP LaDainian Tomlinson plays host on opening weekend in a matchup between teams that many thought would meet in the Super Bowl a year ago.

Week 2 – KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3:15 p.m. on CBS)
Another world-class tailback, Larry Johnson, awaits in the home-opener and will provide a stiff test for the Bears in the running game.

Week 3 – DALLAS COWBOYS (7:15 p.m. on NBC)
First of several prime time contests brings America's Team to Chicago and Terrell Owens back to face the team against whom he set the NFL record for receptions in a game with 20 on Dec. 17, 2000.

Week 4 – at Detroit Lions (Noon on FOX)
Year 2 of Mike Martz's passing attack should be a tough test, but the Bears will be looking to sweep the Motor City Kitties for the third consecutive year.

Week 5 – at Green Bay Packers (7:15 p.m. on NBC)
Bears laid an egg against the cheeseheads on Monday Night Football this past New Year's Eve, and their first chance at revenge will be on Sunday Night Football at Lambeau Field.

Week 6 – MINNESOTA VIKINGS (Noon on FOX)
After sweeping them in 2006, it will be interesting to see who's under center for the Vikes in 2007 – Tarvaris Jackson, Brooks Bollinger ... Brady Quinn?

Week 7 – at Philadelphia Eagles (3:15 p.m. on FOX)
Chicago native Donovan McNabb will welcome his hometown team to the City of Brotherly Love, assuming he'll be ready to play after blowing out his knee.

Week 8 – DETROIT LIONS (Noon on FOX)
Second meeting with Jon Kitna & Company, this time at Soldier Field where the Bears completely dismantled the Lions 34-7 in Week 2 last season.

Week 9 – Bye Week

Week 10 – at Oakland Raiders (3:15 p.m. on FOX)
Al Davis' club was pretty good on defense a year ago despite their futile offense, and adding JaMarcus Russell or Calvin Johnson will certainly help put points on the board.

Week 11 – at Seattle Seahawks (7:15 p.m. on NBC)
After giving the Bears everything they could handle in the playoffs last season, a healthy Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander will make Mike Holmgren's team dangerous yet again.

Week 12 – DENVER BRONCOS (Noon on CBS)
Jay Cutler looks to be a good one at QB, and Mike Shanahan has consistently shown that his running game can be productive no matter who's carrying the ball.

Week 13 – NEW YORK GIANTS (3:15 p.m. on FOX)
Rex Grossman and Eli Manning are two of the most highly criticized players in the entire NFL, and Manning will look for revenge after Grossman got the best of him in Week 10 last year.

Week 14 – at Washington Redskins (7:15 p.m. on NFL Network)
Thursday night game in the nation's capital, and this matchup will be even more intriguing should the proposed trade for Lance Briggs actually happen.

Week 15 – at Minnesota Vikings (7:30 p.m. on ESPN)
Lone Monday night contest puts the Monsters of the Midway at the Metrodome, a venue they were lucky to escape with a win in 2006 thanks to a last-minute Rashied Davis score.

Week 16 – GREEN BAY PACKERS (Noon on FOX)
Bears have to play better than they did last time at home against The Pack in what will be yet another in a long line of final games at Soldier Field for Brett Favre.

Week 17 – NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (Noon on FOX)
Rematch of last season's NFC championship game when the Bears defeated a scary Saints team for the right to play in Super Bowl XLI.

John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and Editor in Chief of BearReport.com. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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