It's an exciting time of year for Chicago Bears fans with the release of their 2018 schedule.

As a longtime Chicago Bear season ticket holder, I always look forward to seeing the new schedule. Of course, there's lots of hope for a great season.

Here's how 2018 stacks up for the "Monsters of the Midway."

Week 1

  • Sun 9/9 7:20pm at Green Bay Packers
    • Season opener in Green Bay during primetime, not to be negative but I'm going to call that a loss.

Week 2

  • Mon 9/17 7:15pm vs Seattle Seahawks
    • Home opener on Monday night football, a new coach with lots of pressure. There's loss number two.

Week 3

  • Sun 9/23 3:25pm at Arizona Cardinals
    • The Cards are rebuilding, so after going 0-2 here's the first win.

Week 4

  • Sun 9/30 noon vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    • The first home win for the rookie head coach, the Bucs are just bad.

Week 5

  • Bye Week

Week 6

  • Sun 10/14 noon at Miami Dolphins
    • Another bad team, I'm thinking a win coming off the bye week.

Week 7

  • Sun 10/21 noon vs New England Patriots
    • Not just a loss, but I'm calling a blowout.

Week 8

  • Sun 10/28 noon vs New York
    • They will bounce back after getting crushed.

Week 9

  • Sun 11/4 noon at Buffalo Bills
    • It will be a struggle in a hostile environment, a loss for the team.

Week 10

  • Sun 11/11 noon vs Detroit Lions
    • Division rival games are always tough but the Bears win this one with the home field advantage.

Week 11

  • Sun 11/18 noon vs Minnesota Vikings
    • Vikings are too good so it's a loss for the good guys.

Week 12

  • Thu 11/22 11:30am at Detroit Lions
    • Thanksgiving Day in the Motor City, not a chance.

Week 13

  • Sun 12/2 noon at New York Giants
    • This team from NY is far away from competing, I'll take the win here.

Week 14

  • Sun 12/9 noon vs Los Angeles Rams
    • The Rams are really good, not going to be fun for Chicago.

Week 15

  • Sun 12/16 noon vs Green Bay Packers
    • The Bears will steal this one from Aaron Rodgers

Week 16

  • Sun 12/23 3:05pm at San Francisco 49'ers
    • Much improved 49'er team, Bears lose on the road.

Week 17

  • Sun 12/30 noon at Minnesota Vikings
    • Wrapping up 2018 with a loss.

My prediction for the 2018 Bears is 7-9. Not great but much better than the last couple of seasons.

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