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Lions Vs. Bears: Game Time Moved To Accommodate Fox Broadcast Schedule

The Detroit Lions game second game of the season against the Chicago Bears has been moved from its original start at 1 p.m. ET to a more television friendly 4:15 start. The move was likely made so it could be featured on Fox as the afternoon game of the week on Nov. 13.

"Flexible scheduling will ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks and give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:15 PM ET time slot on CBS and Fox," the league said in a press release earlier in the year regarding flex scheduling.

The Lions and Bears aren't exactly two of the premier teams in the NFL, but with the undefeated Green Bay Packers playing on Monday Night Football that week, Fox's later afternoon schedule was a bit bare. It will be the Lions first next game as their bye week comes this weekend.

The only other game not beginning at 1 p.m. that Fox held the rights to was a match-up between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers.