doodlebug, maybe the NFL's contracts with cable companies differ from the ones they have with other providers. I had the mid-range package with Time Warner and didn't get the NFL Network. Now I have either the cheapest or 2nd cheapest package with DirecTV and NFL Network comes standard. It's the same for my parents, who have Verizon Fios.
Bluemilk, that game made me sad. I have the Bears defense on my fantasy team. Sigh.