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Vikings-Bears game in Week 11 moved to primetime

November 6, 2018

When the schedule was announced in April, the Chicago Bears were given two primetime games to open the season and no more. The NFL has now seen Matt Nagy’s 5-3 Bears and now believes they’re befitting of more showcase time slots.

The league announced Monday that it has moved the Bears’ Week 11 game against the Minnesota Vikings, which was scheduled to be a noon kickoff, to 7:20 p.m. on Nov. 18. It will replace Steelers-Jaguars, which had been the NBC night game but will move to a noon kickoff on CBS.

The Bears lead the division at 5-3, with the Vikings right on their heels — having played an extra game — at 5-3-1. It will be the two teams’ first meeting of the season, with the rematch in Minnesota happening in Week 17. The Bears are 0-1 in NFC North games, and the Vikings are 1-0-1.

The Vikings lead the all-time series with Chicago, 60-52-2, which dates back to 1961. The Bears also have lost the past three meetings and seven of the past 10 matchups with the Vikings since Lovie Smith’s final season as head coach.

The Vikings have held the Bears to 23 points or fewer in each of the past nine meetings, although the Bears upset the Vikings on Halloween night back in 2016. This will be only the third primetime meeting between the division rivals since the 2011 season.

The Vikings are on bye this week, while the Bears face the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Soldier Field.

New Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has started two career games vs. Chicago, both when he played for Washington. Cousins’ team won both those games, and he was effective in each, combining to complete 42-of-60 passes (70 percent) for 570 yards with two TDs and one interception. He also ran for three scores on nine carries for 43 yards combined in the 2015 and 2016 meetings.

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky made his NFL debut against the Vikings at Soldier Field and fared relatively well prior to a late interception. In his two games against Minnesota last season, he completed a combined 32-of-61 passes (52.5 percent) for 306 yards with one TD and one INT. He also ran four times for 24 yards and caught a two-point conversion, which came in his first start.

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