Who says a losing record doesn’t make a team an attractive option for Sunday Night Football?
This week, the Panthers will host the Vikings in a game that wasn’t flexed out of NBC prime time. And Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com reports that there’s a “strong chance” the Panthers’ regular-season finale will be moved into the 8:30 p.m. ET slot.
Why? Because they host the Saints.
For Week 17, no game tentatively is scheduled to start on Sunday night, and no games may be protected by CBS or FOX from being moved into the prime-time position.
And with the league and NBC permitted by rule to wait until the completion of Week 16 to pick the Week 17 evening game, a decision won’t have to be made until it’s known that the Saints would be 15-0 entering the final weekend of the season.
Other possible games for the evening slot, based on the outcome of the next two weekends, include Eagles at Cowboys, Patriots at Texans, Steelers at Dolphins, Bengals at Jets, and Packers at Cardinals.