Not a strange flex, alas all is well:
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 14, 2018
The folks at NBC can’t seem to get enough of the first-place Chicago Bears. Indeed, just 12 days after bumping the Bears’ Week 11 matchup against the Vikings to primetime, we learn that Chicago’s Week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams has been pushed into Sunday night’s top spot, as well. What was once a noon start on December 9 to be played on FOX is now a 7:20 p.m. CT start time on NBC.
A Bears-Rams Week 14 showdown will represent the Bears’ fifth nationally televised game of the season and third in a four-week span that begins this Sunday when they host the Vikings. And while the NFC North grudge match is neat, primetime games don’t get much sexier than Rams-Bears right now.
I mean, just consider the combination of star-power, potential postseason implications, and teams with winning records – that’s must-see TV.
A pair of first-place teams in the Chicago and Los Angeles media markets? Check. Quarterbacks who were the first taken in their respective draft classes with the built-in storyline of being offseason roommates? Say hello to Mitch Trubisky and Jared Goff. The two highest-paid defensive players in football. Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald, come on down! Two innovative offensive minds who could be in the running for Coach of the Year? Matt Nagy and Sean McVay are soooo here for this. Oh, and we’re looking at a game that could conceivably be a playoff preview. Schwing! That’s the stuff TV executives and sports fans can both dream on.
But before we get there, the Bears have business to take care of against the Vikings, Lions, and Giants over the next three weeks. Patience, friends. The Bears’ time under the lights is here.