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No flex in Week 12, still Broncos-Patriots

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The Broncos aren’t the only ones hoping Peyton Manning’s ankle is OK.

The NFL announced this morning that there would be no flexing in the Week 12 schedule, with the Patriots-Broncos matchup staying on Sunday Night Football.

That’s hardly a surprise, as a Tom Brady-Manning matchup is always going to be good theater, and the game will have the requisite playoff implications.

It marks two SNF appearances in a row for the Broncos, after this week’s game with the Chiefs was flexed into prime time.

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26 Responses to “No flex in Week 12, still Broncos-Patriots”
  1. coutre says: Nov 11, 2013 11:22 AM

    How many prime games can one team have? Peyton will AT LEAST go thru week 13 w/out playing a 1:00pm EST game.

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 11, 2013 11:24 AM

    Something tells me this game may not be the shootout everybody thinks it will be.

  3. shackdelrio says: Nov 11, 2013 11:30 AM

    Manning v. Brady

    Someone get Collinsworth a bib.

  4. bennyb82 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:30 AM

    Welker is gonna have a lot of targets this game…

  5. pilot2011 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:31 AM

    Panthers and Saints still have 2 match ups in the coming weeks. Expect at least one of those 1:00 games to be Flexed IMO.

  6. jgedgar70 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:31 AM

    coutre – Since Peyton plays his home games in the Mountain tme zone, and all his division road games in the Central and Pacific time zones, 1:00 EST games are always going to be rare for hm.

    What I want is for the week 16 game New Orleans at Carolina flexed into prime time. It will probably be the game that decides the NFC South winner and #2 seed.

  7. southpaw2k says: Nov 11, 2013 11:33 AM

    @ coutre

    My understanding is the max a team can play in prime time is 5 games a season. Unless I missed a game, the Broncos will play the max amount allotted this year, with Week 1 (vs Ravens), Week 7 (vs Indy), Week 11 (vs Chiefs), Week 12 (vs Pats), and Week 15 (Thursday night game vs San Diego).

    The Broncos would almost never play a 1:00 ET game anyway, unless they had to travel to the east coast. Somewhat fortunately for them, they only have to travel to the east coast twice this year – once in New York for a 4:15 game against the Giants, and the other for a Sunday night game in New England.

  8. richiebburg says: Nov 11, 2013 11:37 AM

    Who in their right mind would want this game flexed?

  9. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Nov 11, 2013 11:43 AM

    I trust that the Patriots aren’t even giving a single thought to their Week 12 matchup against Peyton & Co. A formidable and fired up Panthers defense playing at home will likely give Brady & Co. enough to—and hopefully not more than they can—handle.

  10. patsfansknowitall says: Nov 11, 2013 11:55 AM

    Looking forward to 2 prime time matchups in a row where the patriots can cheat AND have phantom b.s. calls go in their favor during critical moments.

  11. 6ball says: Nov 11, 2013 12:03 PM

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    The winner of the NE – Denver game will increase their chances of earning a first round bye considerably.

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  12. toddm1016 says: Nov 11, 2013 12:15 PM

    Denver also played Oakland on a Monday night.

  13. malvaren18 says: Nov 11, 2013 12:20 PM

    Everytime Manning steps on a Football Field should be consider Prime Time.

  14. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Nov 11, 2013 12:24 PM

    shackdelrio says: Nov 11, 2013 11:30 AM

    Manning v. Brady

    Someone get Collinsworth a bib

    Comment of the day!!!

  15. patriotinvasion says: Nov 11, 2013 12:26 PM

    patsfansknowitall says: Nov 11, 2013 11:55 AM

    Looking forward to 2 prime time matchups in a row where the patriots can cheat AND have phantom b.s. calls go in their favor during critical moments.
    ____

    Nice username. Wish I was a fly on the wood paneling in your Mom’s basement while you were going through the hoops necessary to create a new username on PFT solely dedicated to your obsession with all things New England Patriots. Good to know we’re still under your skin after all these years. Must be excruciating for you and that makes me smile.

  16. dtownpayne says: Nov 11, 2013 12:38 PM

    In response to the comment below, you can have 5 scheduled primetime games, this does not include flex games. The Broncos came into the year with the max 5 primetime games already on the schedule so with the flexed game this will be number 6. And to those who want to complain, they’re just picking based on what the ratings dictate, NBC is blessed to do have this ability written into their contract because Monday/Thursday primetime games are proving to be more duds then studs when it comes to the matchups as of late. And besides, what FOOTBALL fan wouldn’t want to see a divisional game between a 9-0 team and an 8-1 team? Seems pretty logical to me…

    Original Comment:

    “southpaw2k says:
    Nov 11, 2013 11:33 AM
    @ coutre

    My understanding is the max a team can play in prime time is 5 games a season. Unless I missed a game, the Broncos will play the max amount allotted this year, with Week 1 (vs Ravens), Week 7 (vs Indy), Week 11 (vs Chiefs), Week 12 (vs Pats), and Week 15 (Thursday night game vs San Diego).

    The Broncos would almost never play a 1:00 ET game anyway, unless they had to travel to the east coast. Somewhat fortunately for them, they only have to travel to the east coast twice this year – once in New York for a 4:15 game against the Giants, and the other for a Sunday night game in New England.”

  17. logicalvoiceseys says: Nov 11, 2013 12:39 PM

    That rule of 5 prime time games can be broken, the Niners last year played 6 I believe when their late matchup with Seattle got flexed.

  18. rickrock6661982 says: Nov 11, 2013 1:24 PM

    We need to see as much as Peyton as we can in the regular season.

    Because we all know he won’t be around long in the postseason.

  19. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 11, 2013 2:52 PM

    Question for “patriots invasion” the guy who likes to diss everybody else’s QBs.

    How many Super Bowls has Brady (and the great Belichick) won since Bruschi, McGinest and Vrabel left?

    Looking forward to your answer!

  20. kremis says: Nov 11, 2013 2:54 PM

    Meanwhile I am sure the Steeler fans flooded NBC with calls that their games should be flexed now that they won a game! Hahaha 3-6

  21. somethingsmellsrotten says: Nov 11, 2013 3:02 PM

    Can’t wait until MegaHead is gone…the NFL’s love of this guy is sickening and no team should have that many night games.

  22. deltaoracle says: Nov 11, 2013 3:23 PM

    Ha! How could NBC pass on the first start for GB’s Scott Tolzien? That’s what fans are waiting for!

  23. hcdbus says: Nov 11, 2013 4:37 PM

    Hopefully NBC flexes out Falcons at Packers in Week 14 for Lions at Eagles or possibly Colts at Bengals

  24. hcdbus says: Nov 11, 2013 4:39 PM

    And please flex out the Giants at Redskins game in Week 13. The schedule is pretty weak that week but I’d definitely rather see Bengals at Chargers or Cardinals at Eagles over Giants at Redskins

  25. lanman11 says: Nov 11, 2013 5:14 PM

    Pats may get caught in Carolina looking ahead to Denver. Denver is a Conference game and direct playoff spot competitor, and with Manning and Welker coming into Foxboro, they would naturally get some extra attention. I’m sure the Pats coaching staff spent the bye week reviewing the remaining 7 opponents, with Denver getting an extra dose of attention. Carolina is a non-conference opponent and if a game can be deemed less important, these are the ones. Having said that they are 3-0 against the AFC South and they all count for something….

  26. bospat says: Nov 14, 2013 6:06 AM

    Pressure is all on Peyton and we know he thrives under those conditions…They are the anointed this year…Like pats chances a lot more than I did earlier in the year and if Talib plays it will surely help…wouldn’t mind Ed Reed for a snap or 5 as we’ll…I”ll pin my hopes on Dallas scoring 50 vs Denver….

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