2. The Alshon Jeffery game is an afterthought.
The Bears travel to Philadelphia in week 12 to face the Eagles and their former star wide receiver, Alshon Jeffery. What does that tell you? The NFL doesn’t care. While that will certainly be a selling point for the Chicago press, the NFL certainly doesn’t think it will move the needle.
The NFL could have made this a primetime game, even a Thursday night game. Both teams are in large markets, have good histories, and they could use that Alshon left as an extra selling point for the game, but the NFL doesn’t see it that way.
The Bears and Eagles were on primetime the year before, and the Bears certainly didn’t show well that week. The Jeffery story just isn’t a juicy one that they care about, and being that it’s week 12, what are the odds that Jeffery is on the field based on his past injury? 60%? The NFL just doesn’t see this as a storyline worth highlighting, this is just any other game to the league.