CBS has decided to move the Bears game against the New England Patriots at Soldier Field from noon to a 3:15 kickoff Dec. 12.
It's probably a sound move by CBS; Fox, which moved the game from noon to 3:15, announced that Sunday's game between the Bears and Philadelphia Eagles was the highest-rated of this NFL season on any network.
The Bears game against the Patriots would pit teams with two of the league's best records against one another. The Bears are 8-3, and the Patriots are 9-2.
The Patriots will have a shorter week to prepare for the Bears. While the Bears travel to Detroit to play the Lions, the Patriots will host the New York Jets (9-2) at Gillette Stadium on Monday Night Football Dec. 6.
The winner of that game will have sole possession of first place in the AFC East.