Next Week's Bears-Chiefs Game Could Be Flexed OUT of Sunday Night Football

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Next Week’s Bears-Chiefs Game Could Be Flexed OUT of Sunday Night Football

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A matchup pitting the first two quarterbacks taken in the 2017 NFL Draft could be pushed out of a prime-time viewing window.

Check your schedules accordingly:

WGN Radio’s Adam Hoge hears from sources that the NFL has exercised the option to be able to flex games in Week 16. That news specifically impacts the Chicago Bears, who are scheduled to host the Kansas City Chiefs on NBC’s Sunday Night Football next week. Depending on how things unfold this Sunday, the Bears-Chiefs matchup could be moved out of the 7:20 p.m. CT start time into an afternoon start.

If the Bears can pull off an upset of the Packers this coming Sunday, it is easy to envision NBC sticking with its original plan and keeping Bears-Chiefs on SNF. And why wouldn’t they? A showdown starring last year’s NFL MVP (Patrick Mahomes), featuring a coaching matchup pupil (Matt Nagy) and mentor (Andy Reid), a Chiefs team angling for the best available playoff team, and a Bears squad hanging onto the thin thread of playoff hopes is the stuff that makes television executives drool. Oh, and imagine the Mitch Trubisky-Patrick Mahomes nuggets that could be unearthed. Gimme, gimme, gimme!

But for this scenario to play out, the Bears need to hold up their end and win. Or at minimum, hope the Bears aren’t eliminated from playoff contention by the time the league and NBC figure out which game it wants on SNF.

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Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.