Bears 2013 schedule takes shape

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Bears 2013 schedule takes shape

The Bears made their way through the first half of the 2012 schedule with aplomb, standing at 7-1 at the midpoint. Now they can start work on a new years schedule with an eye toward avoiding a second-half collapse like this seasons.

The opponent lineup for 2013:

HomeAwayDetroit (4-12)
Detroit (4-12)Green Bay (11-5)
Green Bay (11-5)
Minnesota (10-6)
Minnesota (10-6)
Dallas (8-7)
Philadelphia (4-12)N.Y Giants (9-7)
Washington (9-6)Baltimore (10-6)
Cleveland (5-11)Cincinnati (10-6)Pittsburgh (8-8)Carolina (7-9)
St. Louis (7-8-1)
( - Dallas vs. Washington Sunday night)

The season will include facing the Carolina Panthers for the third straight season and the Dallas Cowboys for the third time in the last four years. The Eagles are back on the schedule after skipping 2012 following five straight years facing the Bears.

The Bears have a handful of playoff teams on the schedule: Baltimore, Cincinnati, the winner of Dallas-Washington, plus two games each against division foes Green Bay and Minnesota, both headed to the postseason.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh

6'2" | 226 lbs.

2016 stats:

2,885 YDS, 60.5 CMP%, 27 TD, 7 INT, 163.4 QBR | 72 CAR, 286 YDS, 3 TD

Projection:

Third/Fourth Round

Scouting Report:

"Peterman's experience in a pro-style passing attack gives him a head start headed into the league. His physical attributes are just average, but his accuracy, composure and anticipation are what sets him apart from some of the more physically gifted quarterbacks in this year's draft. Peterman's tape is sure to catch the eye of at least a few teams in need of a quarterback and he should come off the board by day two with a chance to become a solid starting quarterback in the future." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Video analysis provided by Rotoworld and NBC Sports NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Illinois OLB Dawuane Smoot

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Illinois OLB Dawuane Smoot

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Dawuane Smoot, OLB, Illinois

6'3" | 264 lbs.

2016 stats:

56 tackles, 15 TFL, 5 sacks

Projection:

Day 3

Scouting Report:

"Duck-footed, face-up rusher able to generate some power in his rush, Smoot failed to put together the breakout season many predicted after a strong junior showing. He lacks a track record of pass rush production to excite NFL teams as an early round pick, but his athleticism could create an opportunity for him as a 3-4 rush end if given the chance. " — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Video analysis provided by Rotoworld and NBC Sports NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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