Eagles-Vikings moves to primetime in Week 16

It took until the Week 16 slate of games, but the NFL has made a change in the Sunday night schedule with the help of flex scheduling.

Chargers-Bengals has been moved out of the night game on December 26 to 4:o5 et, while Vikings-Eagles will be on Sunday Night Football.  Seahawks-Bucs has also be moved to 4:15 on FOX.

Folks are bound to complain that the Vikings aren’t in contention, but Sunday Night’s Eagles-Cowboys game shows that having one popular non-contender doesn’t hurt ratings.  Michael Vick versus the Cowboys had the highest overnight ratings in Sunday Night Football history.  The Eagles are 5-0 in primetime thus far.

Vick is a huge draw, and Brett Favre always rates even in bad times.

Now the league just has to hope Favre is in the lineup against Philly.

47 responses to “Eagles-Vikings moves to primetime in Week 16

  1. Brett brings in the NASCAR crowd. Especially if there were no good car wrecks in that weekend’s race.

  2. thanks to the Packers and Bucs losing the Vikings are not mathematically eliminated yet. If they win tonight against NYG they’ll have the head-to-head over them, and have to hope that the Packers lose out, while the Vikings win out.

  3. Just because people are tuning in to see Dog Drownin’ Ronnie get Joe Theismann’ed doesn’t mean that we want to see more of this soulless thug.
    That said, the slate of available games in week 16 for NBC to choose from is DREADFUL.

    Bring on the playoffs, stat. Other than a few games, there has been some truly awful football being played on recent Sundays.

  4. We should all be grateful to NBC and the NFL for moving the Charger-Bengals out of primetime…no really…

  5. This is a horrible selection. I cannot believe they didn’t take Giants-Packers or Jets-Bears. And even if both those games were “protected” by Fox and CBS, then even Seahawks-Bucs would still have been a better pick. But I guess there’s no star power in Seahawks-Bucs. NBC would rather show us a guy who used to abuse animals versus the league’s top prima-donna so they can give us a full week of nauseating “will he or won’t he play?” coverage.

  6. Amazing how much hate Vick drew in the beginning of the season.

    Now he’s the leading probowl vote getter and leading the television ratings.

    Can you say MVP and Superbowl

  7. I think right now the Bear-Jets game would be more compelling because of the standings. But either sounds good to me. And you know both teams will go into that game needing a win to either clinch a playoff spot or move up in the bracket. I just wonder if all of these night games are a good or bad thing for the Eagles players.

    Well their fans can’t say that no one is noticing them

  8. As an out-of-market Eagles fan, I feel like I want to drive over to 30 Rock and kiss Dick Ebersol on the mouth. This has been an amazing season… I’ve seen all but 2 Eagles games at home.

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    mnviking says: Dec 13, 2010 2:24 PM

    Sounds good to me!!! Sorry Charger and Bengal fans!”

    This is a blessing for us. Who the hell wants to stay up til midnight watching bad football, in the cold no less.

  10. tramonisland says:
    Dec 13, 2010 2:24 PM
    i can’t wait for favre to get vick’s autograph after that one.

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    Love that one…The Favres (Vikings) are going to get owned by the Vicks (Eagles)

  11. If Brett can’t go all the bulletins for the game will be along the lines of “Tarv to start for Vikes!”, or “Come watch the battle of the titans, Vick vs. Tarv!”.

    After all, no one ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the average football fan.

  12. Jets @ Chicago may be the most meaningful game that day. Can we assume that CBS blocked that one? Minnesota @ Philadelphia will be a blowout as the Vikings will be playing out the string.

  13. giablommi says:
    Dec 13, 2010 2:35 PM
    Just because people are tuning in to see Dog Drownin’ Ronnie get Joe Theismann’ed doesn’t mean that we want to see more of this soulless thug.
    That said, the slate of available games in week 16 for NBC to choose from is DREADFUL.

    Bring on the playoffs, stat. Other than a few games, there has been some truly awful football being played on recent Sundays.

    Wow….watching because you hope someone gets hurt? You must be a truly sad individual, and I hope you get some help. Disgusting.

  14. Okay so they are gonna move the Philly game to the sunday night game in week 16. But, can the league take say a bad Thursday game,,,like the Carolina at Pittsburgh game, and move that to sunday, and move say either the Jets/Bears game, or the Giants/Green Bay game, or even the SF/Rams game to thursday ? Cause all of those games would have a better national appeal then the crummy Carolina at Pittsburgh match-up. Is this a possibility ?

  15. Green Bay plays on Sunday night next week against the Pats and the following week’s game against the Giants is most likely protected by FOX. So that probably wasn’t an option. And the Jets and Bears was probably also protected. So out of all the rest of the games this is much better to watch in prime time. I love this mindless garbage:

    “I guess athletes need to torture a few dogs and the ratings will soar”

    Nope, they need to play at a high level, idiot.

    Haters need to get over it.

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    giablommi says: Dec 13, 2010 2:35 PM

    Just because people are tuning in to see Dog Drownin’ Ronnie get Joe Theismann’ed doesn’t mean that we want to see more of this soulless thug.
    That said, the slate of available games in week 16 for NBC to choose from is DREADFUL.

    Bring on the playoffs, stat. Other than a few games, there has been some truly awful football being played on recent Sundays.

    _______________________
    Who is more soulless — someone who was a part of the problem and mistreated animals but now is a part of the solution, speaking out for humane treatment of animals OR someone who has no concept of the word forgiveness? I wonder!

  17. I guess we can read into this that the league has no intention of suspending Favre.

    For those who think the Vikes are still in this, how can that be when the Packers aren’t in it anymore. The eagles, giants, tampa bay and the bears all have better records than the packers and the packers are all but out of it and have a better record than the vikes. The Vikes are done, put a fork in them.

  18. The Jets/Bears and Pack/Pats games are protected, not that I’m all that excited to see my 5-7 team (chase Vick around) in prime time for the zillionth time this year. Then again, the Jets/Bears game may result in 6 total points, while a Pack team that can’t beat a Drew Henson-led Lions team might not put up much more of a fight against the Pats than the Bears did yesterday.

  19. colinito says:
    Dec 13, 2010 2:33 PM
    thanks to the Packers and Bucs losing the Vikings are not mathematically eliminated yet. If they win tonight against NYG they’ll have the head-to-head over them, and have to hope that the Packers lose out, while the Vikings win out.
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    one more win by the packers, bucs, or giants and it’s over. i hope you weren’t really being serious thinking the vikes could get in.

  20. tjacks7 says:
    Dec 13, 2010 2:52 PM
    As a Viking fan, I hope Brett is out of the lineup, forever.

    I’m sure you were saying that last year too big guy. That’s pretty convenient now. Maybe Tjack can duplicate his 3 INT performance of last week…..that would be awesome!! I don’t think he’ll be starting every touchdown drive inside the 25 this week.

  21. While the Cowboys and Vick are certainly ratings draws, it’s important to look at the bigger picture. Yesterday’s ratings were incredibly high in part because of the weather. When the Midwest, South, and Northeast suffer from terrible weather, football ratings go up, way up. Blizzards are a boon to NFL ratings, last night was an example of that.

    Vikings/Eagles is a poor choice because the NFL only rotates about 12 teams in and out of the Sunday Night Football line up. Would have loved to see Seahawks/Bucs in that space, just as a reward to an overachieving Tampa Bay team that deserves a little bit of national exposure.

    To Sarahpalinhater, thursday night games are never shuffled around. Thursday night games are generally lousy, and typically feature bottom feeders going up against good (especially from a ratings perspective) teams. Carolina/Pittsburgh is a prime example of that. When the Thursday Night package extends to the whole season that might change a bit, but it’s unlikely.

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    purpleman527 says: Dec 13, 2010 2:44 PM

    I know it’s a stretch, but the Vikings, as of today, can still be a wild card team. The Packers schedule is not easy.

    The Vikes are not out of contention.

    Yep, lots of stuff needed though. The Pack would have to go 8-8 or they could win the division & the Bears would need to loose every game left. Plus the Bucs & Giants & Eagles would need to go 9-7 or worse. Unless the Giants or Eagles win their division, 1 of them would have to be 9-7.
    And the Vikings have to win them all.

    Could happen, hope it does!

  23. briguy5 says: Dec 13, 2010 2:36 PM

    This is a horrible selection. I cannot believe they didn’t take Giants-Packers or Jets-Bears. And even if both those games were “protected” by Fox and CBS, then even Seahawks-Bucs would still have been a better pick. But I guess there’s no star power in Seahawks-Bucs. NBC would rather show us a guy who used to abuse animals versus the league’s top prima-donna so they can give us a full week of nauseating “will he or won’t he play?” coverage.
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    I’m sure you already know this, but the selection is not based on aesthetics, morality, or mind-control.
    It’s based on potential profit; money.
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    “Michael Vick versus the Cowboys had the highest overnight ratings in Sunday Night Football history. The Eagles are 5-0 in primetime thus far.”

  24. @ kingenoch

    To reiterate, the man is a soulless, sadistic monster. Some people can be forgiven, but some people who lack such basic human elements (such as compassion, respect for life, etc.) are UNREHABILITATIBLE. I have no clue whether that’s a word or not, but you get my drift.

    Let me guess, if he molested children rather than drowned dogs, that would be unforgivable, yes?

  25. giablommi says: Dec 13, 2010 2:35 PM

    Just because people are tuning in to see Dog Drownin’ Ronnie get Joe Theismann’ed doesn’t mean that we want to see more of this soulless thug.
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    So you are tuning in to see him but you don’t want to see him.
    Sounds like you’ve got it all under control.

    Next project: spell your name right.

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    blitzthepig says: Dec 13, 2010 5:17 PM

    SNF oh no not again! God do we have to listen to Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth refer to Micheal Vick as MIKE Vick a thousand more times?
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    Actually, when Mike Vick was in Atlanta, he told the press that would like to be called ‘Mike Vick’, not ‘Michael Vick.’ And back before he the discovery of the dog-fighting, prison and money problems— back when he was arrogant and showed it, he called himself ‘Mike Vick.’ He used to refer himself in the 3rd person all the time back then.

  27. fellorio says: Dec 13, 2010 5:27 PM

    giablommi says: Dec 13, 2010 2:35 PM

    Just because people are tuning in to see Dog Drownin’ Ronnie get Joe Theismann’ed doesn’t mean that we want to see more of this soulless thug.
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    I’ve never met someone who was so opposed to interstate gambling as you are.

  28. Michael Vick is not winning the MVP unless Tom Brady implodes. Brady’s chances of winning the MVP are the same as his chance of playing on Sunday night – Probable.

  29. brutus9448 says:
    Dec 13, 2010 2:34 PM
    I guess athletes need to torture a few dogs and the ratings will soar

    Nah they just have to be better then your favorite qb.

    giablommi says:
    Dec 13, 2010 2:35 PM
    Just because people are tuning in to see Dog Drownin’ Ronnie get Joe Theismann’ed doesn’t mean that we want to see more of this soulless thug.

    Ya thats why hes the number 1 vote getter in the pro-bowl bc most people want to see him break his leg. I guess 3 year olds want his autograph to so they can say I saw this guy break his leg on tv.

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