Chicago Bears ended the 2013 NFL season in typically shambolic style as they fell apart and finished the campaign 8-8 after two straight defeats.
Their last two games of the season were both crucial for any slim playoff hopes, but poor play in clutch moments cost them dearly, as they lost out to heavily to the Eagles 54-11, before being defeated in the win and in final game against the Packers 33-28.
2014 will now have to be a year of repenting for the Bears, and there is no better way to start of than the healing of pre-season, for which their schedule has been announced.
First up, the Bears will host Philadelphia (August 7-10th), against whom they received that late season beating.
Next it will be the turn of the Jacksonville Jaguars and maybe Johnny Manziel to visit Soldier Field on August 14th.
This will be followed two tricky road games, with the first taking place at the home of the '12th Man' against the World Champion Seattle Seahawks (August 21-24th).
Finally, the Bears will play their regular pre-season finale game against the Cleveland Browns on either August 28th or 29th.
The interesting aspect of the pre-season for the Bears is the fact that they play the Seahawks in the third game, which is usually the week when starters play their most time.
This could make for an excellent match-up, and a good test to see where the Bears are ahead of what's going to be an exciting 2014 NFL season.