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Are You Ready For Thursday Night Football?

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Dec 6, 2007 3:33PM

2007_11_sports_bears_redskins_poster.jpgLast week, that majority of football fans were unable to see what was perhaps the best NFC game of the year -- Chicagoist included. In the Thursday Night Football -- which airs on the NFL Network -- match-up of two one-loss teams, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Green Bay Packers 37-27.

With the Bears playing in this week's Thursday Night prime time game however, the NFL Network's broadcasts will be carried locally. For those of us without NFL Network, the game will air on WPWR Channel 50. Local coverage begins at 6:30pm and kickoff is at 7:15pm.

As tough as it is for the Bears to prepare for this game with the short week, it's nothing compared to the adversity faced by the Washington Redskins, who are still reeling from last week's the murder of safety Sean Taylor. The 'Skins organization all flew to Miami for Monday's funeral and now have to take the field just three days later. The lack of preparation and heightened emotions could lead to an interesting game.

With the Bears playing tonight, it's almost like we all gain an extra day to our weekend. Without having to schedule around a Sunday afternoon game, how do you plan to spend your reclaimed weekend? Christmas shopping? Hitting a museum? Watching other NFL games? We haven't figured that out yet ourselves...