The Chicago Bears have released their official schedule for the 2018 NFL season. Chicago is coming off yet another last-place finish in 2017 and looks to improve their record this coming season under new coach Matt Nagy and former No. 2 pick Mitchell Trubisky. Many Bears fans circle games against their NFC North rival teams: The Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Viking, and Detroit Lions. The Bears have just three wins combined in the NFC North over the past three seasons; one against each team.

The rest of the games will include welcoming in the Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, defending AFC champion New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Soldier Field.

The Bears will go on the road to play the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, and Arizona Cardinals. This news had already been announced in January, it was just a matter of when the Bears were taking on these teams.

The schedule

It will be interesting and intense right off the bat for the Bears, opening against the arch-rival Packers in Green Bay on primetime television. This was already announced earlier on Twitter by 670 the Score's Chris Emma. The last time these two teams opened up the season at Lambeau Field was in 2009.

The home opener at Soldier Field against Seattle on "Monday Night Football" is somewhat unusual, seeing as the Bears often open on Sunday afternoons, but not always.

The regular season finale is once again in Minnesota, and hopefully, for the Bears, it will be somewhat meaningful. I cannot forget to point out that the game in Detroit will be on Thanksgiving. The last time the Bears played on Thanksgiving was the epic victory in Green Bay back in 2015.

Recent records

Last year was an in-division disaster for the Bears, going 0-6.

The Bears played the 49ers and Buccaneers last season and lost both games. Last time the Bears beat the Seahawks was in the 2010 NFC playoffs at Soldier Field and since then, they are 0-3 against them. New England has won their last four games against the Bears, with the last win coming in 2000. The Giants, Cardinals, Bills, and Dolphins won their last meetings against the Bears.

If there are some recent successes, the Bears are 4-0 in their last four meetings against the Jets and are 8-3 against them all time. The last time they came to Soldier Field was 2010 when Mark Sanchez was the Jets' quarterback. The Bears also defeated the Rams in their last meeting when they were back in St. Louis, and have won five of the last six meetings. Not that it means anything moving forward, but overall, the Bears are 2-11 in their last individual meeting with each of these teams. 2-14 if you count both games against each NFL North team.