The NFL usually makes its decision on whether to flex games into/out-of Sunday Night Football on NBC on the Tuesday approximately two weeks prior to the game. So, the decision on whether to flex the Denver Broncos/New England Patriots game from 4:05 p.m. on CBS to Sunday Night Football was supposed to come today. However, to add some suspense to the decision, the NFL has delayed their decision on what game, if any, to flex to NBC. Here’s the NFL’s official statement:
Due to NFL Committee Meetings in New York today, the Week 15 flexible schedule announcement will be released tomorrow (Wednesday, December 7). All of the clubs under consideration to have Week 15 games flexed have informed our office that they are interested in the strongest schedule for our fans and network partners.
It really should be a no-brainer on the NFL’s part to flex the Broncos/Pats game to prime-time.
Both the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots are in the playoff hunt. The Pats are all but assured a spot while Denver is still fighting. Currently, the Broncos are 7-5 and the Pats are 9-3, and it’s very possible the teams could be 8-5 and 10-3, respectively, come Week 14. If the season ended today, the Broncos would be the 4th seed in the AFC and the Patriots would be the #1 seed. Of course, it’s also Tim Tebow vs. Tom Brady, which is a compelling match-up in and of itself.
So, what’s the delay? The Ravens (9-3) and Chargers (5-7), NBC’s current prime-time game Week 15, is no longer compelling TV in the grand scheme of things. Sorry Ravens/Chargers fans. The Chargers are out of the playoff picture. Joe Flacco vs. Phillip Rivers? Thanks, but no thanks. We should find out tomorrow what, if any, games will be flexed. Let’s go, NFL. Make the call.