The Minnesota Vikings bounced back in a big way from a devastating loss to the Lions two weeks ago, defeating the Steelers 36-28. They didn’t make it easy on themselves, nearly losing a 29-0 lead, but in the end they were able to secure the win. Now, at 6-7, even with losses to the Lions and Cooper Rush-led Cowboys, the Vikings find themselves right in the playoff chase.

To stay that way, however, they must get through the Chicago Bears. Justin Fields started well in his return to play after injuring his ribs, but ultimately the Bears couldn’t overcome their boogieman Aaron Rodgers and the Packers last week in primetime in Lambeau. They now get to run it back in a night game at home against another divisional rival, in which they’ll try to play spoiler against Kirk Cousins and the Vikings.

The Vikings are about as Jekyll & Hyde as a team can get. In one week they’ll beat the Packers, and in another they’ll inexplicably lose to Detroit. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where they fall in the NFC hierarchy, but that’s been the story of the Vikings under Mike Zimmer. Few teams seem to play to the level of their competition more often. 12 of the Vikings’ 13 games have been decided by one possession this year, making them one of the most entertaining – if maddening – teams to watch in football.

Conversely, the Bears have had nine games decided by multiple scores. They’ve played fairly boom or bust this year, and looked like they just ran out of steam as Rodgers and the Packers capitalized last week. Perhaps playing at home will give the Bears a bit of a boost this week. Though they’re not exactly in the running for the playoffs at this point, derailing a division rival’s playoff chase in primetime would be a welcome consolation prize for Chicago fans.

Here’s what you need to know to watch the Vikings and Bears this Monday, including kickoff time, TV channels, and the full Week 15 NFL schedule.

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What channel is Bears vs. Vikings on today?

  • TV channel (national): ESPN
  • Live Stream: ESPN, fuboTV

Bears vs. Vikings will be broadcast nationally on ESPN for “Monday Night Football” in Week 15. ESPN will have its regular booth broadcasting this game, with Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. Lisa Salters will be on the sideline.

In Canada, viewers can watch Rams vs. Cardinals with a subscription to DAZN, which includes every NFL game.

Bears vs. Vikings start time

  • Date: Monday, Dec. 20
  • Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. EST, 7:15 p.m. CST

Bears vs. Vikings is scheduled to kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET, standard time for “Monday Night Football” at Chicago’s Soldier Field. It’s the second game Monday night with the postponed Browns vs. Raiders matchup rescheduled to 5 p.m. ET.

Chicago Bears schedule 2021

WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTV
1Sept. 12at L.A. Rams8:20 p.m. ETNBC
2Sept. 19vs. Bengals1 p.m. ETFOX
3Sept. 26at Browns1 p.m. ETFOX
4Oct. 3vs. Lions1 p.m. ETFOX
5Oct. 10at Raiders4:05 p.m. ETCBS
6Oct. 17vs. Packers1 p.m. ETFOX
7Oct. 24at Buccaneers4:25 p.m. ETCBS
8Oct. 31vs. 49ers1 p.m. ETFOX
9Nov. 8at Steelers8:15 p.m. ETESPN
10Nov. 14Bye
11Nov. 21vs. Ravens1 p.m. ETCBS
12Nov. 25at Lions12:30 p.m. ETFOX
13Dec. 5vs. Cardinals1 p.m. ETFOX
14Dec. 12at Packers8:20 p.m. ETNBC
15Dec. 20vs. Vikings8:15 p.m. ETESPN
16Dec. 26at Seahawks4:05 p.m. ETFOX
17Jan. 2vs. Giants1 p.m. ETCBS
18Jan. 9at Vikings1 p.m. ETFOX

Minnesota Vikings schedule 2021 

WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTV
1Sept. 12at Bengals1 p.m. ETFOX
2Sept. 19at Cardinals4:05 p.m. ETFOX
3Sept. 26vs. Seahawks4:25 p.m. ETFOX
4Oct. 3vs. Browns1 p.m. ETFOX
5Oct. 10vs. Lions1 p.m. ETFOX
6Oct. 17at Panthers1 p.m. ETFOX
7Oct. 24Bye
8Oct. 31vs. Cowboys8:20 p.m. ETNBC
9Nov. 7at Ravens1 p.m. ETFOX
10Nov. 14at Chargers4:05 p.m. ETFOX
11Nov. 21vs. Packers1 p.m. ETFOX
12Nov. 25at 49ers4:25 p.m. ETFOX
13Dec. 5at Lions1 p.m. ETCBS
14Dec. 9vs. Steelers8:20 p.m. ETNFL/FOX
15Dec. 20at Bears8:15 p.m. ETESPN
16Dec. 26vs. Rams1 p.m. ETFOX
17Jan. 2at Packers8:20 p.m. ETNBC
18Jan. 9vs. Bears1 p.m. ETFOX

Monday Night Football schedule 2021

WeekDateMatchup
Week 1Sept. 13Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 2Sept. 20Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Week 3Sept. 27Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 4Oct. 4Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Week 5Oct. 11Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 6Oct. 18Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 7Oct. 25Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 8Nov. 1Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants
Week 9Nov. 8Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears
Week 10Nov. 15San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 11Nov. 22Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants
Week 12Nov. 29Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 13Dec. 6Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
Week 14Dec. 13Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 15Dec. 20Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 16Dec. 27New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 17Jan. 3Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns