NFL moves Colts-Patriots out of prime time

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.

49 responses to “NFL moves Colts-Patriots out of prime time

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

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

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

  4. 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…

  5. 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

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

    My bet would be Saints / Lions

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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?

  22. @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…

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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

  27. 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!

  28. 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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