For better or worse, Bears are flexing to Sunday night against Vikings

The NFL schedule makers are making the Bears must-see TV.

It's a sign of the times for the Bears, and their success.

It's also going to mean a tough assignment.

The Nov. 18 noon game with the Vikings at Soldier Field has been flexed to a 7:20 p.m. game on Sunday Night Football, and the regularly scheduled Eagles-Saints Sunday night game will move to 3:25 p.m.

"So when we (coaches) first got here we talked about how fortunate we were to have two prime time games to start the year," Bears coach Matt Nagy said Monday at Halas Hall. "They don't come easily.

"The goal as we go is to be able to have a lot of those throughout the season. So to be flexed for that game, a division game, it should be exciting for our team and our players."

It also puts a physical and mental demand on the Bears since they're playing the following Thursday on Thanksgiving in an 11:30 a.m. kickoff at Detroit. They already were scheduled to play three games in 12 days and this only adds to the potential pitfall.

"And then you go into a short week, and not only a short week which is a Thursday game but a short week which is a 12:30 (eastern time) game in Detroit," Nagy said. "So that's a super tight schedule there for us.

"But we can't worry about that. We'll focus in on what we have this week and then as time goes we'll arrange the (practice) schedule and make sure that we take care of our guys."


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