The Chicago Bears will now face the Colts during the afternoon slot
With the announcement that the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs game will be delayed due to Cam Newton’s positive COVID-19 test, the NFL had to change its schedule. One of these changes includes the Chicago Bear the game is moved from the 12:00 p.m. (noon) slot to the Patriots vs. Chiefs slot at 3:25 p.m.
That shouldn’t be a big deal when it comes to the Bears and Colts. Giving them a few extra hours to prepare isn’t a bad thing. On top of that, the lag isn’t enough to make a difference the following week either. Teams like the Steelers, Titans, Chiefs and Patriots will now struggle to have shortened weeks and/or play with what amounts to a very early bye week.
The NFL and the Chicago Bears must remain cautious to finish the season
What seemed like a good first three weeks in terms of the protocols put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 is now looking to hit a roadblock. The hope here is that it will be similar to what happened in MLB this season.
A few teams had outbreaks, but only the St. Louis Cardinals saw a major effect on their season. Even with multiple missed games and numerous double-headers, the Cardinals not only finished their season, they also made the playoffs.
The NFL has fewer opportunities to make up multiple games. This needs to be taken seriously or the NFL season could be in jeopardy. How awful would it be if the Chicago Bears’ season ended after a 4-0 or even a 3-1?
With the Chicago Bears having a few extra hours to prepare, let’s hope Matt Nagy and the coaches use the time wisely and don’t overthink and deflect from their game plan. This game will be toughest test for Chicago Bears this season as they face a 2-1 Colts team that currently has the best defensive DVOA in the league.