NFL moves Lions-Bears in Week 10, Jets-Patriots stays on NBC

Reuters

Flexible scheduling comes to the NFL in Week 10, as the league tries to put the best games on at the best times for the TV audiences. But not much is changing for the first flexible Sunday.

The NFL announced today that only one game is moving on Sunday, November 13: Lions-Bears, which was scheduled to be shown at 1 p.m. Eastern on FOX but will now kick off at 4:15 p.m. on FOX.

Jets-Patriots will remain the NBC prime time game, as previously scheduled.

For Weeks 11-15, the NFL will announce any schedule changes no later than 12 days before the games in question. For Week 16, in which 13 games will be played on Saturday, December 24, there will be no flexible scheduling. For Week 17, the flexible schedule decisions will be made just six days in advance in an attempt to put a game with playoff implications in prime time.

32 responses to “NFL moves Lions-Bears in Week 10, Jets-Patriots stays on NBC

  1. Someone please explain to me why they can’t just flex schedule Sunday games beginning with week two.

    This season has featured some of the worst primetime matchups in years. I thought last night would be a reprieve, but I guess Dallas didn’t agree.

  2. Any word on what games were “protected” by FOX and CBS?

    I imagine CBS will want to hold onto NE-Phila week 12 and NYJ-Phila week 15 and Fox will want to keep GB-NYG week 13 and NYG-NYJ week 16…but don’t see too many other keepers on the schedule at first glance.

  3. lions at packers new years day will be primtime, especially if the pack are 15-0. not to mention a few years back thats where the lions went officially 0-16, now thats a story

  4. bsreimer says:Oct 31, 2011 12:05 PM

    Expect to see a lot more of the Packers (not just Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years) as they look to make (even more) history

    lets see they lose this sunday at san diago and lose at detroit on thanksgiving, they are not even in first place in their division. need help with your math?

  5. maxvv says:
    Oct 31, 2011 12:10 PM
    Someone please explain to me why they can’t just flex schedule Sunday games beginning with week two.

    This season has featured some of the worst primetime matchups in years. I thought last night would be a reprieve, but I guess Dallas didn’t agree.

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    Completely agree. I’m amazed that the Colts have any primetime games on the schedule since Peyton isn’t playing. There’s no way NBC was happy about televising last week’s Colts/Saints “game.”

  6. I would like to see Atlanta at Houston rather then Colts at Pats on week 13. Houston never plays primetime and they should be 8-3 going into that game. Could be a good matchup!

  7. Cincy-Pitt will be Sunday night with Pats-Colts moved out. Remember 2 things people, An NFL can only be on national tv 6 times and CBS and Fox announce whch games they are keeping. Lions-saints will stay on Fox.

  8. I am ok with the Giants playing the 49’ers at 4:15! Plus they are the Sunday night game the next week against Philly and then the following Monday night.

  9. nyjalleffingday says:
    Oct 31, 2011 12:14 PM
    Jets play Sunday night that will go into Monday morning, and then again Thursday night. Fair? No. Ratings decision? Yes. The NFL only cares about $$

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    Stop with the crying. If you want your team to be great, then you have to deal with a harder schedule. That is part of the price you pay. Any coach would want to play every game at 1:00. The great teams are moved to more prime time games…..so stop your sniveling and enjoy the fact that your team is considered good enough for prime time.

  10. @jnbnet

    It’s less about playing the Pats on Sunday night and more about having about 1 day of practice or so and 2 days of recuperation before having to play @ Denver, where it’s very hard to get used to the air, all because theres money to be made in NY vs. Boston, but thanks for trying

  11. southpaw2k says:
    Oct 31, 2011 1:14 PM
    maxvv says:
    Oct 31, 2011 12:10 PM
    Someone please explain to me why they can’t just flex schedule Sunday games beginning with week two.

    This season has featured some of the worst primetime matchups in years. I thought last night would be a reprieve, but I guess Dallas didn’t agree.

    ——————————————–

    Completely agree. I’m amazed that the Colts have any primetime games on the schedule since Peyton isn’t playing. There’s no way NBC was happy about televising last week’s Colts/Saints “game.”

    Might seem good..but semantically….cannot do it..have to let the league “breathe a little” to establish an important game….ALL games are important regardless of your record the first five weeks….and for the most part they schedule games of teams potentailly good interesting..NOONE knew Manning wud not play a down this year..or the Cowboys wud bite the bullet last night….

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