NFL moves Colts-Bears kickoff to 4:25 p.m. ET

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The NFL has adjusted tomorrow’s schedule in the wake of the postponement of the Patriots-Chiefs game.

The game in Chicago between the Colts and Bears has moved from a 1 p.m. ET kickoff to 4:25 p.m., and most viewers who would have had the Patriots-Chiefs game on their local CBS affiliate will now have the Colts-Bears game in that broadcast slot.

It’s a smart move by the NFL, as after Patriots-Chiefs was postponed, Sunday was slated to have only two games in the late afternoon window. It’s better for the viewers at home if there are more games available.

In ordinary circumstances, the NFL does not like to change kickoff times the day before a game. But these are not ordinary circumstances, and with no fans at Soldier Field in Chicago, it’s an easy change to make.

12 responses to “NFL moves Colts-Bears kickoff to 4:25 p.m. ET

  1. Thanks a lot Cam! I had my vacation planned around this being a 1PM ET game. Was leaving to drive just after the 1PM game over. Doesn’t just affect people in the stands.

  2. If I were the Colts, now that the game is at 4pm EST, to reduce the chances of COVID exposure, I would have them either take buses up to Chicago or fly up to Chicago on Sunday morning. A bus ride from Colts headquarters to Soldier Field is about 3 hours. Travel time via air might be 2 hours all in. And they can fly or drive back after the game. No need to increase risk of exposure by coming up tonight and staying in a hotel.

  3. Good move. Never cared for standalone 4:25 games, even though Bills-Raiders is a good game in it’s own right.

  4. chicagocoltsfan says:

    October 3, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    If I were the Colts, now that the game is at 4pm EST, to reduce the chances of COVID exposure, I would have them either take buses up to Chicago or fly up to Chicago on Sunday morning. A bus ride from Colts headquarters to Soldier Field is about 3 hours. Travel time via air might be 2 hours all in. And they can fly or drive back after the game. No need to increase risk of exposure by coming up tonight and staying in a hotel.

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    That’s a bad plan. Its 1 thing to fly somewhere on vacation and walk around but what your telling them to do is fly somewhere or sit somewhere restless for 2 to 3 hours, then possibly traveling from the airport to the game and then go thru walkthroughs and warmups and expect them not to be fatigued.

  5. The cluster has begun. Can only move so many games. Now teams can’t let fans attend or they would be in a mess of refunding tickets.This is just the start.
    Did they really think these young studs would not be out partying?

  6. Holy crap. Couldn’t the NFL find a better game to nationally televise? Guess I will have to watch NASCAR!

  7. Ima Payne says:

    October 3, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    The cluster has begun. Can only move so many games. Now teams can’t let fans attend or they would be in a mess of refunding tickets.This is just the start.
    Did they really think these young studs would not be out partying?
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    Incorrect they wouldnt be in any mess refunding tickes. Game times and dates have been changed many, many times over the years and on any ticket you buy whether its sports, music or a random festival they all say “date and time are subject to change”. The moving of game times will have 0 to do with whether fans can attend.

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