Yes, the Bears may have been bumped from their prime time perch by the forces that be in the league office and at NBC, but Sunday's meeting at Seattle will be telling no matter what the start time is.
Some have jumped out and declared the Bears right back in the mix of things following the comeback 17-6 victory at Oakland. It may be a little premature to do that until they put together the most modest of winning streaks -- two games -- but you certainly cannot count them out.
Five of the nine teams that entered the weekend ahead of the Bears in the NFC were losers on Sunday. The wild card race could really begin to take shape right after Thanksgiving. There are eight teams in the conference with four or five victories right now.
So, what's it going to take for you to believe -- not hope -- the Bears are smack dab in the middle of this? Do you need to see Rex Grossman named the new starter? Need Cedric Benson to roll for 100 yards on less than, say, 35 carries? Are you already a believer?
Make no mistake, it will be another interesting week at Halas Hall.