Don't look now, but could NBC give the Bears the boot from prime time? The Nov. 18 game at Seattle is the first weekend in which the network has flexible scheduling.
If the Bears are floundering still as Week 11 approaches, the league might look for a more intriguing game to show the nation.
Seattle is 3-1 and the flexible scheduling was introduced last season to avoid snoozers in prime time late in the season. The Bears and the Giants had their game moved into prime time last season in the first weekend the network could select a game.
There are intricate rules in which Fox and CBS can protect games so NBC cannot cherry pick them. The week doesn't hold very many interesting matchups, either, unless Washington and Dallas are in a tight battle in the NFC East by then.