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No Week 15 flex

NBC’s Sunday Night Football schedule includes from Week 11 through Week 16 the ability to abandon the tentatively-scheduled game, and to replace it with another Sunday game.  Through the first five weeks of the flex portion of the schedule, no changes have been made.

The league has announced that the December 19 game between the Packers and Patriots in Foxboro will stay put on Sunday night.

There really weren’t any viable options.  CBS has Jets-Steelers, but that game surely was one of the five per year that the network had the ability to protect against a shift.

Jaguars at Colts very easily could be for the AFC South crown, but Packers-Pats is one of those special interconference battles between teams that very well could meet again in February.

The streak of non-flexing surely will end at five.  In Week 16, Chargers at Bengals has landed in the tentative prime-time position.  We’d be shocked if it stays.

In Week 17, no Sunday night game is scheduled in advance, and the final decision is made after Week 16 ends, if not sooner depending on the relevance of the Week 16 Monday night game.  Possibilities include Buccaneers at Saints, Raiders at Chiefs, Rams at Seahawks, Cowboys at Eagles, and Dolphins at Patriots.

The challenge in picking the regular-season finale will be to ensure that the game has playoff implications regardless of the outcome of the games played earlier in the day.

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17 Responses to “No Week 15 flex”
  1. bucsballer says: Dec 6, 2010 11:34 AM

    Wow u mean I could finaly watch my bucs??? O wait…..Tom brady and his Justin Bieber hair will be on…. Great I get to watch more of the stupid pats.

  2. noladan says: Dec 6, 2010 11:45 AM

    So, week 16 could be Giants-Packers or Jets-Bears? Not bad choices.

  3. 12strikes says: Dec 6, 2010 11:46 AM

    Can the same 2 team play twice on Sunday Night?
    I ask because the Cowboys and Eagles play this Sunday night, can the rematch (week 17) also happen on Sunday night?

  4. miamipatriots says: Dec 6, 2010 11:50 AM

    Why would the NFL flex a game between a 9-2 team and 8-4 team?

  5. drslick01 says: Dec 6, 2010 11:53 AM

    Why wouldn’t the Week 17 flex be Bears @ Packers? Is it a protected game or can they not protect Week 17 games?

  6. giablommi says: Dec 6, 2010 12:00 PM

    “So, week 16 could be Giants-Packers or Jets-Bears?”
    ^^^^^
    No, NYG-GB was likely protected by Fox and NYJ-Chicago was definitely protected by CBS. We’ll almost certainly be stuck with a crap Sunday Night game even if it’s not SD-Cincy, there are few other viable options.

  7. 8man says: Dec 6, 2010 12:03 PM

    Uh, week 17 has a Chicago-Green Bay matchup as well. Unlikely that Fox will surrender it, but you never know.

    And as mentioned, lets not forget about those Rams, who may be securing a division title that night with a victory. No reason St. Louis can’t win out or win 3 of 4, win the division and finish at a respectable 10-6 or 9-7.

    And that Green Bay-New England game would lose significant luster if the Patriots lose tonight.

  8. patriotsfan51 says: Dec 6, 2010 12:09 PM

    bucsballer says:
    Dec 6, 2010 11:34 AM
    Wow u mean I could finaly watch my bucs??? O wait…..Tom brady and his Justin Bieber hair will be on…. Great I get to watch more of the stupid pats.

    hey moron, Tamba Bay’s own fans dont want to see them… you think the rest of america does???

  9. jimmysee says: Dec 6, 2010 12:14 PM

    Week 17 could end up being Bears at Packers — nothing like a late December night game at Lambeau!

  10. radrntn says: Dec 6, 2010 12:17 PM

    Raiders will play huge in playoff picture as they play the Jags, Colts, and Chiefs…in 3 0f the last 4

  11. spungy says: Dec 6, 2010 12:20 PM

    I really hope they flex Chargers vs Bengals. I don’t want to be there in the cold at night.

  12. hcgraves says: Dec 6, 2010 12:23 PM

    The Bears are the most boring team in the Nfl other than Carolina and San Francisco. Outside of Chicago nobody wants to watch that snore fest of a team.

  13. db105 says: Dec 6, 2010 12:53 PM

    hcgraves says:
    Dec 6, 2010 12:23 PM
    The Bears are the most boring team in the Nfl other than Carolina and San Francisco. Outside of Chicago nobody wants to watch that snore fest of a team.

    Snore fest? Most NFL games are far from a snore fest. Watching basketball with the inconsequential score after inconsequential score is a snore fest. Maybe not to the simple minds.

  14. darthvincent says: Dec 6, 2010 12:55 PM

    GB-NYGiants was protected by FOX almost a month ago, before the 2nd matchup between GB/MIN (which FOX also protected at the time).

    FOX can’t protect any other GB games, as for the duh Bears who knows… besides only Packers fans want to watch duh Bears lose the NFC North Championship to the Pack on the last week of the year.

  15. SpartaChris says: Dec 6, 2010 1:00 PM

    Fox protected Giants-Packers , so that won’t be available for flex scheduling. I believe they also protected Bears-Packers in week 17, but could be wrong. Someone a while back had a list of protected games, but didn’t post a link to the source so I can’t go back and look.

  16. steelers6pack says: Dec 6, 2010 4:34 PM

    For all you Newcomers, you must be, as Mr. Florio posted a few weeks ago the NFL informed the Bears that none of there home games would be flexed! Week 17 will be Raiders-Chiefs for AFC West title and #3 seed.
    Week 16 could be S.F.- Rams, or Giats-Packers, depending in either of them has already been on nat TV 6 times, which they are allowed.

  17. Beer Cheese Soup says: Dec 6, 2010 4:36 PM

    patriotsfan51 says:

    hey moron, Tamba Bay’s own fans dont want to see them… you think the rest of america does???
    ____________

    That’s hilarious.

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