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

Bears quarterback Cutler tries to escape rush of Detroit Lions defender Suh as he throws out of his own endzone during third quarter NFL football game in Detroit 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.

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32 Responses to “NFL moves Lions-Bears in Week 10, Jets-Patriots stays on NBC”
  1. bigfranky75 says: Oct 31, 2011 12:05 PM

    I’ll be shocked if the Bills at NY Jets game isn’t moved to prime time for the Nov. 27th game.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 $$

  5. johnnycash19 says: Oct 31, 2011 12:14 PM

    Lions-Saints will get moved into the primetime slot over the Colts-Pats.

  6. webehighrollin says: Oct 31, 2011 12:18 PM

    Pats/Jets over Giants/49ers? Straight trippin

  7. jpb12 says: Oct 31, 2011 12:25 PM

    Seems like Colts @ Patriots should not be a Sunday night game.

  8. wonderboy18 says: Oct 31, 2011 12:30 PM

    Jets and pats will be a good game but steelers vs bengals will be a great game!!!!!!

  9. threedeep1998 says: Oct 31, 2011 12:35 PM

    Jets’ offense provides more commercials. Al Michaels lives for commercials

  10. giablommi says: Oct 31, 2011 12:37 PM

    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.

  11. fitzmagic1212 says: Oct 31, 2011 12:39 PM

    get the bills on primetime at least once this season! maybe at home against the titans instead of pats & colts?

  12. bmue42 says: Oct 31, 2011 12:40 PM

    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

  13. nyjalleffingday says: Oct 31, 2011 12:40 PM

    @jpb12

    With all due respect to any Colts fans that may be browsing this, but that game shouldn’t even be played. What a nightmare.

  14. illiniftw says: Oct 31, 2011 12:40 PM

    Boo, now I have to wait a whole 3 more hours to watch my Bears play :(

  15. packerstexansfan says: Oct 31, 2011 12:43 PM

    @webehighrollin

    There’s that east coast bias for ya

  16. jvibottomline says: Oct 31, 2011 12:53 PM

    Not too shocking but yes it should be Giants at 49ers in PRIMETIME

  17. emmonsh says: Oct 31, 2011 1:07 PM

    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?

  18. 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.”

  19. borg30 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:18 PM

    great, the whole country will have to watch the jets that night with their below average qb..

  20. mike5011ad says: Oct 31, 2011 1:19 PM

    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!

  21. stairwayto7 says: Oct 31, 2011 1:19 PM

    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.

  22. jerseyshoregiant says: Oct 31, 2011 1:28 PM

    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.

  23. jnbnet says: Oct 31, 2011 1:38 PM

    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 $$

    ==============================
    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.

  24. motownroaren says: Oct 31, 2011 1:52 PM

    Put any team on as long as it isn’t the Cowboys. Nobody cares about them and hasn’t for years, get them off the air.

  25. sippindasyzurp says: Oct 31, 2011 1:56 PM

    Too bad they couldn’t have flex scheduling for Monday Night games.

  26. m2karateman says: Oct 31, 2011 2:14 PM

    No love for Denver at KC in week 10? Jax and Indy? Redskins and Dolphins?

    No?

  27. nyjalleffingday says: Oct 31, 2011 2:51 PM

    @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

  28. brandontroutman says: Oct 31, 2011 3:00 PM

    Bills jets or bills pats could be good prime time. Hope my bills keep it up!

  29. jf203 says: Oct 31, 2011 3:03 PM

    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….

  30. threedeep1998 says: Oct 31, 2011 3:31 PM

    Jets offense goes 3 and out. punt. commercial. repeat. NBC loves that.

  31. phillyjoej says: Oct 31, 2011 7:35 PM

    How is it East Coast bias when the NFC West and AFC West are annually the worst divisions in their respective conferences.

  32. staffordsyear says: Nov 2, 2011 5:00 AM

    This definetly will help with the hangover.

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