As a result, the second-place Bears (8-8) will face the Giants (6-10) and Buccaneers (11-5). The division champion Packers (13-3) will play Washington (7-9) and the Saints (12-4). The third-place Vikings (7-9) will face the Cowboys (6-10) and the Panthers (5-11). And the fourth-place Lions (5-11) will face the Eagles (4-11-1) and Falcons (4-12).
In the 17th game that was added, NFC North teams this year will visit the AFC West club that finished in the same spot in last season’s standings. That will result in the Bears playing the Raiders (8-8) in Las Vegas, the Packers facing the Chiefs (14-2) in Kansas City, the Vikings visiting the Chargers (7-9) in Los Angeles and the Lions playing the Broncos (5-11) in Denver.
Though teams change—often dramatically—from year-to-year, here are the combined 2020 records and winning percentages of the three uncommon opponents (listed above) the Bears and their NFC North counterparts will face in 2021:
- Packers (33-15, .688)
- Bears (25-23, .521)
- Vikings (18-30, .375)
- Lions (13-34-1, .281)