In our "Where the Bears stand" posts all season, we've looked at the Bears' schedule and suggested that there's a very good chance the team (provided they stayed in the playoff race) would get an afternoon game "flexed" in the final weeks to the Sunday Night Football slot on NBC.

After they throttled the Cowboys 45-28 on Monday Night Football, we learned on Tuesday that the Bears will indeed get at least one game flexed to Sunday Night Football. And that game will be the Bears' week 16 matchup against the Eagles in Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field).

It's a bit of a questionable flex decision, though, as Bears-Eagles replaces Patriots-Ravens in the primetime slot. The Patriots are currently a 10-3 team with Tom Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick coaching, and the Ravens are the defending champions, who are also very much alive in the AFC North with a current record of 7-6.

But, the NFL apparently found the Bears-Eagles to be the more appealing matchup, and they very well may be right. First-year head coach Marc Trestman versus first-year head coach Chip Kelly. Two of the league's best new offensive minds, leading two explosive offenses, and leading two teams currently right in the thick of the NFC playoff race. The Bears, 7-6, are currently one game behind the Lions (due to the tiebreaker) in the NFC North, while the Eagles, 8-5, are currently up one game on the Cowboys in the NFC East.

For the Bears, this gametime switch is probably a bad thing. Primetime atmospheres usually make the crowd a bit more rowdy, and going up against LeSean McCoy and company is a brutal matchup for the Bears' brutal defense on paper regardless of where/when this game is being played. Adding in some more crowd noise and an Eagles team that may be more pumped up on national television wouldn't seem to be good news for the Bears.

The Bears play the Packers in week 17 at Soldier Field, and there's a decent chance that game is flexed as well.

Source: Pro Football Talk

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