Patriots vs. Colts is a marquee game in the NFL again.
After years of being one of the NFL’s biggest games of the season, last year’s Patriots-Colts battle lost its luster when Peyton Manning was lost for the season, and as a result the NFL moved last season’s Patriots-Colts game from prime time to a 1 p.m. Eastern kickoff. But this year Andrew Luck has the Colts on the way to the playoffs again, and so it’s no surprise that the NFL announced today that the Week 11 Patriots-Colts game has been moved from 1 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. on CBS, putting it in a time slot where more fans will be able to see it.
The NFL also announced that the NBC prime time game for Week 11 is unchanged: Ravens-Steelers will remain the Sunday Night Football game on November 18. That’s also no surprise, as the longstanding rivalry once again features the two teams battling for AFC North supremacy.
Week 11 is the first week of the NFL’s flexible scheduling. From Week 11 through the end of the season, the NFL adjusts kickoff times to put the best games in the slots where the most fans will be able to watch. For Weeks 12-16, the league will announce the final schedule at least 12 days in advance. For Week 17, in which all 32 teams will play on Sunday, December 30, the NFL may wait until after the end of all the Week 16 games on Sunday, December 30, to put the games with the biggest playoff implications in the best time slots.