Bears' Week 11 game vs. Vikings flexed to 'Sunday Night Football' on NBC


The Bears’ Week 11 game against the Vikings on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Soldier Field has been flexed from a noon start to 7:20 p.m.

This is the second time this season the Bears will appear on “Sunday Night Football” on NBC. The Bears lost to the Packers 24-23 in the season opener.

The game is second of three straight NFC North games in 12 days for the Bears. The Bears (5-3) and Vikings (5-3-1) sit atop the division through Week 9.

“When we first got here, myself and the team talked about how fortunate we were to have two prime time games to start the year,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said of the Packers game in Week 1 and the Monday Night Football game against the Seahawks in Week and 2.

“They don’t come easily. The goal as we go is to be able to have a lot of those throughout the season. That means you’re doing well. To be flexed for that game, a division game, should be exciting for our team and our players.”

The night game presents a major challenge for the Bears because they will have less than four days to turn around from facing the Vikings to playing the Lions in Detroit at 11:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

“That’s a super tight schedule there for us,” Nagy said. “But we can’t worry about that. We’ll focus in on what we have this week, and as that time goes, we’ll arrange the schedule and make sure we take care of our guys.”

The slate of division games begins Sunday against the Lions at noon at Soldier Field. The Bears also have December games against the Packers on Dec. 16 and the Vikings on Dec. 30.

The Bears are 6-25 in the division since 2013. But Nagy wasn’t a part of that losing stretch, and the first-year head coach said the Bears aren’t talking about those past struggles.

“We’re in such a good place right now as an organization,” Nagy said. “The vibe that we have, we’re learning how to win in different way. We’ve learned what losing’s about and how you respond from that. But we’re trying to really create our own culture and create our own history. It’s week by week, it’s practice by practice.”

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