Rams-Bears game in Week 14 flexed to prime time
The NFL has been on the Los Angeles Rams as a prime-time team for a little while now. It appears the league recognizes the Chicago Bears as that caliber of opponent as well.
The league announced Wednesday it has opted to move the Week 14 game between the Rams and Bears at Soldier Field into prime time on Dec. 9.
If there’s a funny irony to this transaction, it’s that the game that was bumped was Steelers at Raiders. The Bears have become a marquee team since the addition of Khalil Mack from Oakland, and the Raiders currently have the worst record in the NFL.
It’s now the second home game in a row the Bears will have moved from noon (CT) to 7:20 p.m., with this Sunday’s game with the Minnesota Vikings making the move to the standalone night slot.
The Rams are in first place at 9-1 in the NFC West. The Bears are atop the NFC North at 6-3 prior battling the Vikings in a game with first place on the line.
The Bears are 1-1 in prime-time games this season, losing the opener to the Packers and winning the following week at home against the Seahawks. Interestingly, the Rams have had only one prime-time game thus far, beating the Vikings on a Thursday night back in Week 4, but they’ll be featured this coming Monday in a showcase game against the Chiefs.
The location of the Chiefs-Rams game was moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles amid concerns over the playing condition at Estadio Azteca.
The Bears last played the Rams back in 2015 in St. Louis. The last time the Bears played the Rams when they were located in Los Angeles was in 1994, when Steve Walsh was Chicago’s QB. And to remind you how long ago that was, the head coaches for the Rams (Sean McVay) and Bears (Matt Nagy) now were only 8 and 16 years old, respectively.