Bears have reason to be feisty about their flex

AP

Good news, Chicago Bears: You’ve played well enough to get a spot in prime-time.

Bad news, Bears: You’ll be playing both in the late spot on the Sunday before Thanksgiving and then in the early spot on Thanksgiving.

The NFL’s decision to move the Week 11 Vikings-Bears game into prime time is a bit of a surprise, given that the NFL is keenly aware of concerns about playing on Sunday night and then on Thursday. Two years ago, Washington played on the Sunday night before Thanksgiving before facing the Cowboys in the late-afternoon Thanksgiving game.

“That’s tough, and we’ll have to look at that,” NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent said at the time. “Ideally, that’s not something that we would like to have.”

But that’s exactly what they have, with the Bears playing on Sunday night and then landing in the early game on Thursday, on the road in Detroit.

It’s a delicate balance for the league to strike. On one hand, the NFL wants the best possible games to be played in prime time. On the other hand, the Bears will have roughly 84 from the end of a black-and-blue division date with the Vikings and a tanks-fer-nuttin Thanksgiving kickoff in Detroit.

20 responses to “Bears have reason to be feisty about their flex

  1. “The NFL’s decision to move the Week 11 Vikings-Bears game into prime time is a bit of a surprise, given that the NFL is keenly aware of concerns about playing on Sunday night and then on Thursday.”

    Obviously they aren’t keenly aware as they are doing it again.

  2. As a Vikings fan, I agree with the Bears on this. The NFL can’t sit there and say they are focused on player safety then go and do this. That’s called being a hyprocrite.

  3. Stupid Lions Fan says:
    November 5, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Lions play at 1 on that Sunday so we’re talking about 7 hours difference? OMG sound the alarms.

    ___________________

    The Lions season is over so your point is moot.

  4. Stupid Lions Fan says:
    November 5, 2018 at 4:33 pm
    Lions play at 1 on that Sunday so we’re talking about 7 hours difference? OMG sound the alarms.
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    First of all, the early game on Thanksgiving is the Lions tradition, so don’t expect any sympathy.

    The Lions are at home for both games, so they don’t have to travel on a short week

    The travel and 7 hours does make a difference, whether you want to admit it or not.

  5. Stupid Lions Fan says:
    November 5, 2018 at 4:33 pm
    Lions play at 1 on that Sunday so we’re talking about 7 hours difference? OMG sound the alarms.
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    At least you live up to your name because otherwise you’d understand the difference

  6. Hate seeing the Lions and the Cowboys every Thanksgiving.
    On THanksgiving you have a lot of casual viewers, just like the Superbowl so why not give them teams that they have seen. Give them say the NFC champs from the previous vs a play-off NFC team from the previous year if they are on the schedule or otherwise a team from their division. THen have that be the early or late game. Then do the same with the AFC. Then have the middle game be 2 teams that have not been on this day in a while. Then the next year none of the 6 teams would be on the middle game and have two new teams. Keep going until everyone has played at least once in one of the three games. Repeat.

    They also should add 2 weeks creating 2 byes and 1 new game which they can use to have an international game for every team. Everyone gets 8 at home 8 away 1 neutral. Eliminate 2 preseason games. Increase Rosters from current 53 to 70.

  7. vikingf0rlife says:
    November 5, 2018 at 4:49 pm
    Stupid Lions Fan says:
    November 5, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Lions play at 1 on that Sunday so we’re talking about 7 hours difference? OMG sound the alarms.

    ___________________

    The Lions season is over so your point is moot.

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    Doesn’t mean it’s not fair for the Bears. The Bears, Vikings, and the Packers (well bearly) are all fighting for the Division, and this gives a huge advantage to the Lions on Thanksgiving who under normal circumstances probably don’t beat the Bears this year. The Vikings vs Bears game is going to be a super physical defensive game, and than to except them to play again on a ultra short week, stupid. As a Vikings fan I love it’s Sunday night, but I do feel bad for the Bears and think this is unacceptable.

    The original Sunday night game was Steelers vs Jags. What was wrong with that match up?

  8. A bad idea, the NFL should go to a 16-game, 18-week schedule so that no team plays on Thursday without a bye the week before. That being said, the Bears are young and should be able to pull it off.
    The game that was flexed- MIN @ CHI- is the game that will decide the division.

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