CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 27: Brandon Jackson #32 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball against Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won 20-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brandon Jackson; Brian Urlacher
Cancel those early dinner reservations for next Sunday, because the Bears game in Green Bay has been moved to 3:15 p.m. CT. The NFL exercised its option to flex a St. Louis vs. Seattle division showdown to 8 p.m. on NBC.
The move allowed Fox to re-slot the Bears game to the more desirable start after the Bears and Packers both won on Sunday.
This game could have huge implications for the playoffs. With a win, the Bears will clinch the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye. If the Packers win, they're in the playoffs. They could also get in if the Giants and Buccaneers both lose on Sunday.
Some of that drama could be taken out of the game if the Vikings continue their weird, weird season with a win over Philadelphia.
The Vikings, who already had their games against the Bears and Giants moved after the Metrodome roof collapsed, fell prey to the weather again. Their game against the Eagles was moved to Tuesday night because of the snowstorm that hit Philadelphia. (The kind of snowstorm that makes Chicago laugh and then go about their business.) The Vikings could do their NFC North-mates a solid by winning in Philly, and clinching the first round bye for the Bears.