The Week 16 game between the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles has been moved into Prime Time. Thanks to the NFL’s flex scheduling, the second place Bears will take on the NFC East-leading Eagles under the lights. They will bump the Patriots and Ravens out of spotlight.
The Bears got themselves back into the thick of the playoff race with an impressive 45-28 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. Of course, this wouldn’t have been possible if the Eagles hadn’t knocked off the NFC North leaders, the Detroit Lions, in the snow on Sunday.
The Bears are 4-0 in prime time this season, winning their Thursday night game against the New York Giants, their Sunday Night Football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3 and a pair of Monday Night games against the Packers and Cowboys respectively.
The Eagles, meanwhile, are 1-1 in prime time, where they knocked off the Redskins and lost in a reunion game with Andy Reid’s Chiefs. The prime time game will feature a pair of unconventional first year offensive-minded head coaches, with Marc Trestman taking on Chip Kelly.
Given the Bears’ short week and doubt about Jay Cutler’s status for the Browns, I wonder if NBC is planning for a Cutler’s return game hype? Could the TV execs know something we don’t know???