Next season's opponents announced, 2021 doesn't get easier for the Chicago Bears.

I am a diehard Chicago sports fan. Like it or not, my teams are the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, and White Sox. Win or lose, I am there to cheer them on. I admit, sometimes it gets difficult. Especially, for the past few years.

I know plenty of fairweather fans. If the teams are not winning, they are not part of the fandom. Some have even jumped ship to other organizations. I never understood people who live in Illinois but are pulling for other teams in different parts of the country. Unless maybe their parents came from there and have a history.

It is very easy to be a New England Patriots fan during the Tom Brady era. That is not genuine. A true fan stays with the Bears and their many horrible quarterbacks through the years.

This season has been an emotional rollercoaster. Starting out 5-1 then a six-game losing streak. Coming back to life at the end to squeak into the playoffs.

As a Chicago sports fan, I am used to the saying "There is always next year." Well, after the Bears get crushed by the New Orleans Saints this Sunday and get knocked out of the playoffs, we will all be saying it again.

Well, the Chicago Bear's opponents have been announced for 2021. At a quick glance, "There is always next year," does not really fit. It may be more like there is always 2022. Next year's schedule looks tough. That is even before any days or times are even announced.

Here is a look at who the "Monsters of the Midway" will have to take on next season.

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Of course, they have their division rivals, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, and Green Bay Packers twice each. Once at home and the other time away.

The Bear's other home games will be against Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49'ers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, and New York Giants.

They will travel to Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

They will have their work cut out for them. I am definitely not going to get my hopes up. I never do anymore. My prediction is 8-8. Still, no matter what, I am a fan.

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