The NFL announced Monday the Bears home game on Sunday, November 18 against the Minnesota Vikings will now be a 7:20 p.m. kickoff. Those were the only two Bears games originally scheduled for primetime this year.
The Vikings and the Bears might well be battling for first place in the NFC North when they meet on November 18, and that means the noon start at Soldier Field will change.
More relevant in the second half of the season than the television networks predicted months ago, the Bears will be moved to primetime in two weeks. The Bears (5-3) and Vikings (5-3-1) sit atop the division through Week 9. These games will not be flexed and the kickoff times will not change.
The Bears are 16-23 all-time on Sunday Night Football. The Bears will have a quick turnaround after their late-night finish - they play a midday game on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit four days later.
That's the price of success, coach Matt Nagy said Monday. But we're trying to really create our own culture and create our own history.