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NFL moves Colts-Patriots out of prime time

Josh Barrett AP

For several years, NFL fans have been able to count on the Colts and the Patriots to deliver one of the marquee games of the regular season — and often to meet again in a playoff rematch.

So it feels like the end of an era when we pass along the news today that the NFL has decided to move the Week 13 Colts-Patriots game out of prime time. The game had been set for the Week 13 Sunday night NBC slot, but with this year’s transformation of the Colts into the worst team in the league, it came as no surprise that the league moved the game down to Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

The flexible schedule allows the NFL to shift kickoff times to put better games in prime time, and the league typically announces those moves 12 or 13 days in advance. But for this announcement, the league made it 26 days in advance: There was no reason to delay the inevitable.

The NFL will announce in a couple of weeks which game is moving into the prime time slot for Week 13, which falls on Sunday, December 4. Lions-Saints or Bengals-Steelers would appear to be the best candidates, as Fox has protected the Packers-Giants game that day.

The league has also announced that Eagles-Giants will remain in prime time Week 11, and that the Week 11 Titans-Falcons game has moved from a 1 p.m. kickoff to a 4:15 p.m. kickoff.

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49 Responses to “NFL moves Colts-Patriots out of prime time”
  1. The Commish says: Nov 8, 2011 2:17 PM

    Fox has protected the Packer-Giants game.

  2. dldove77 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:17 PM

    Panthers-Bucs? America’s first NFL look at Cam Newton? Probably not.

  3. ravensfreak00 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:18 PM

    Thank goodness. Don’t need to see another prime time blowout like what the Saints did to the Colts.

  4. test2402 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:22 PM

    Andy Reid will do a better job there.

  5. bigtimepftfan says: Nov 8, 2011 2:23 PM

    Hearing a lot about how great Cam Newton is, but yet to get to see him on TV. Like to see the kid.

  6. Battle Red Raider says: Nov 8, 2011 2:26 PM

    Pitt is on the week before. Giants on the week after. Think it will be Detroit vs NO or Atlanta at Houston

  7. mud5h0vel says: Nov 8, 2011 2:28 PM

    week 13: Texans-Falcons would be a better game than Lions-Saints & hands down a better game than Cin-Pit….

  8. concussionlikesympton says: Nov 8, 2011 2:29 PM

    Good.

    I vote for Lions-Saints.

  9. bengalsown says: Nov 8, 2011 2:33 PM

    Bengals vs. Steelers baby! Do it!

  10. klunge says: Nov 8, 2011 2:33 PM

    Colts are mostly to blame, but the Pats aren’t giving anyone much reason to get excited these days either.

  11. fatguystrangler says: Nov 8, 2011 2:34 PM

    Thank goodness. These Colts are not nearly ready for prime-time (Sadly).

  12. mataug says: Nov 8, 2011 2:36 PM

    Hopefully not the end of an era :(

  13. nineroutsider says: Nov 8, 2011 2:38 PM

    This is great news; the Colts are hazardous to my viewing health and should only be watched by die hard fans who love pain.

  14. mh28102 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:39 PM

    Now lets get the Chiefs off sunday night football in week 12 please.

  15. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Nov 8, 2011 2:39 PM

    Watching this Colts team without Manning really exposes how bad of a team he’s been surrounded with over the years. People would always say “look at all the pro-bowlers Manning has”…. Welll, lets look at em….

    This current version of the Colts still has Feeny, Mathis, Wayne, Clark, Garcon, Collie, and Addai… They returned 18 of 22 starters from last year… And now without Manning they are 0-9.

    Brady is good, but he’s had such an advantage when playing Manning over the years. I hope Manning is able to comeback and renew this rivalry because its been must see TV for the past decade…

  16. schmitty2 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:40 PM

    mud5h0vel says:
    Nov 8, 2011 2:28 PM
    week 13: Texans-Falcons would be a better game than Lions-Saints & hands down a better game than Cin-Pit….

    Not going to happen. NBC is going to go after the game that draws the best ratings and Houston-Atlanta is not the answer

  17. SeenThisB4 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:45 PM

    I vote for Saints lions. Although, the Saints will beat the lions senseless in another blowout.

  18. plastics017 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:48 PM

    Colts without Peyton Manning: 0-9 (so far)….
    Patriots without Tom Brady: 11-5 (2008)….

  19. sdisme says: Nov 8, 2011 2:50 PM

    @mud5h0vel
    Texans / Falcons might be a decent game if the Falcons beat the Saints this weekend.

    My bet would be Saints / Lions

  20. whitemike55 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:54 PM

    When the Texans are 8-3, NBC will be thankful they flexed the Texans and Falcons.

    Only close consideration is Saints & Lions. Bengals are not for real, and Steelers are always on.

  21. alexout22 says: Nov 8, 2011 2:56 PM

    I agree with some of the posters about Houston vs Atlanta. Two exciting teams especially getting some pub for Houston who will end up with a 2 if not 1 seed in the AFC

  22. txtuff says: Nov 8, 2011 2:57 PM

    Bring a game to Houston this year! Atlanta at Houston would be a great game, best year the Texans have ever had, going to make the playoffs and Atl is getting better as the year goes on.

  23. dexterismyhero says: Nov 8, 2011 3:03 PM

    Fire Jim Caldwell!

    Please!

  24. nflfollower says: Nov 8, 2011 3:07 PM

    Why move Titans / Falcons to 4:15? Who really cares other than their fans? The rest of the games in this story are of some national interest.

    Sure Falcons might be fighting for a wildcard or the NFC South but the Titans aren’t going to catch the Texans, and the wild card won’t come out of the AFC South.

  25. nflfollower says: Nov 8, 2011 3:08 PM

    Saints vs. Lions or Falcons vs. Texans. The Texans will win their division, but the Lions, Falcons, and Saints are all at critical junctures in their seasons. In two weeks we’ll know more about those 3 teams.

  26. jakek2 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:08 PM

    They should move Giants-Eagles out next week too. The Eagles will be toast at 3-6 by then.

  27. The Phantom Stranger says: Nov 8, 2011 3:14 PM

    How about putting the Vikings-Broncos game in primetime? The battle of the Christian quarterbacks!

  28. lionking1971 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:15 PM

    Lions haven’t been on Sunday night football since NBC took over now they’re playing good they want them on!!!

  29. panthers34 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:16 PM

    Bucs are wearing the creamsickle jerseys in that game.

  30. sirdrinksalot says: Nov 8, 2011 3:20 PM

    Oh, How the mighty have fallen.

  31. steelhammer92 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:24 PM

    The Steelers already have 5 prime-time games scheduled. I don’t think they’re eligible for any more unless they changed the TV scheduling rules.

  32. 13car says: Nov 8, 2011 3:36 PM

    Based on the colts season manning should get the MVP. And probably retroactively give him the MVP for the last decade.

    They would have at least been a wild card team with him

  33. batfreight says: Nov 8, 2011 3:44 PM

    The NFL doesn’t think that the Colts throwing games is entertaining?

  34. gdeli says: Nov 8, 2011 3:46 PM

    WHY? afraid of low tv ratings? haha

  35. hotep999 says: Nov 8, 2011 3:49 PM

    They made us suffer thru the other Colts prime time games, why make moves now. I just assumed the flex thing was discontinued.

  36. paulisrollin says: Nov 8, 2011 3:52 PM

    Love all the Bengal doubters. Keep it coming!

  37. jackfnburton says: Nov 8, 2011 3:58 PM

    Oh come on. When was the last time we saw Pats 56, Colts 3? Millions of people are gonna want to see that just out of curiosity. I say bring it on.

  38. trollhammer20 says: Nov 8, 2011 4:01 PM

    If the NFL wants to increase ratings, how about making sure that all teams from the Pacific time zone have 4 PM Eastern starts when they have to travel to the East Coast?

    They made sissified “East Coast Teams Traveling West” rules a couple of years ago, so that no Eastern team would have to fly all the way out to the West Coast more than twice a year….why not throw the Western teams a bone as well?

  39. skolvikings7 says: Nov 8, 2011 4:17 PM

    Lions-Saints only if Nickleback can sing the anthem lol

  40. all4patriots says: Nov 8, 2011 4:48 PM

    Goodell has to be happy that a tanking team is not going to get the national spotlight.

    Nothing is more embarassing than having a franchise go belly-up by design, in an effort to enhance their draft position.

    Leave it to the Colts to drag the league into making a lottery in the future, though saadly not in time from allowing the quitting cowards to benefit.

  41. chatham10 says: Nov 8, 2011 4:48 PM

    It is to bad they could not move the Viking/Packer game Monday night. I’m a Viking fan but they are going to get killed and unless I use the mute I will have to listen to the guys gush over Rodgers. It was hard to take last night when they would go nuts over Cutler and Vick.

  42. rushmatic says: Nov 8, 2011 4:53 PM

    badtimeoutcaldwell says:
    Nov 8, 2011 2:39 PM
    Watching this Colts team without Manning really exposes how bad of a team he’s been surrounded with over the years. People would always say “look at all the pro-bowlers Manning has”…. Welll, lets look at em….

    This current version of the Colts still has Feeny, Mathis, Wayne, Clark, Garcon, Collie, and Addai… They returned 18 of 22 starters from last year… And now without Manning they are 0-9.

    Brady is good, but he’s had such an advantage when playing Manning over the years. I hope Manning is able to comeback and renew this rivalry because its been must see TV for the past decade…

    __________________

    You started off sounding pretty reasonable. You lost me at the end. NE is consistently criticized/praised for not having stars on the team, but being well-coached and putting the team first.

    So, what advantages are you whining about?

  43. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Nov 8, 2011 5:08 PM

    @rushmantic: The advantage was that Brady has had “11-5″ talent/ coaching surrounding him during his superbowl runs, and Manning has had “0-16″ talent/ coaching over his entire career….

    Strange that it had to be spelled out for you, but whatever…

  44. stairwayto7 says: Nov 8, 2011 5:46 PM

    Pitt plays Cleveland the following THURSDAY! Goodell won’t nto want a team to play Sun night then Thursday night..oh wait he hates the Steelers! Pitt-Cincy Prime Time ladies!

  45. pack13queens0 says: Nov 8, 2011 6:06 PM

    With this news I think the best matchup for NBC to take would be Packers vs. Giants. It’s a great opportunity for NBC to showcase America’s Team to all of America especially if they’re still undefeated.

  46. clevername1 says: Nov 8, 2011 6:10 PM

    If the Pats had the likes of Collins/Painter instead of Cassel, they would not have gone 11-5 that year. They are 0-fer because they did not prepare for life without Manning. I bet Mallet could get the Pats to the playoffs this year.

  47. MossMoon2Packers says: Nov 8, 2011 7:04 PM

    Oh, how the once-mighty have fallen! Yesterday’s elite (and over-hyped) teams are today’s bottom-dwellers.

  48. jhowie007 says: Nov 8, 2011 10:24 PM

    Texans vs Falcons.

    Andre Johnson, Arian Foster & Ben Tate rushing attack, Texans defense… and Dunta Robinson going back to Houston to play his former team…. N’uff said. I want to see Houston and Atlanta!

  49. balewsquare says: Nov 9, 2011 1:22 AM

    If Manning returns to full strength next season, the Colts are just gonna unload on all the last-in-division teams on their schedule.

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