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No flex scheduling in Week 16

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When Sunday Night Football came to NBC, it arrived with an intriguing twist: Flex scheduling to ensure that bad late-season games can be replaced with something better.

Recently, the Week-11-and-beyond procedure has been expanded to begin as early as Week Five, if necessary. For 2017, however, one of the final weeks of the regular season won’t have a flex option.

As noted by Peter King of TheMMQB.com, flex scheduling won’t happen in Week 16. That weekend has the bulk of all games played on Sunday, December 24. Since it’s Christmas Eve, there won’t be a night game. Instead, the Sunday night game moves to Saturday, December 23.

That night, the Packers will host the Vikings. And that game can’t be flexed, because the league won’t flex games from one day to the next.

Which means that, no matter how good or bad the Vikings and Packers are or how good or bad the matchup may seem to be, that’s the game that will be televised as scheduled. Which means that anyone who will be home on the evening of December 23rd roasting chestnuts over an open fire and/or doing last-minute shopping online in the hopes that the package from Amazon shows up before Santa’s sleigh does should hope that, come Week 16, the Vikings and Packers will be vying for the NFC North crown or some other playoff positioning.

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25 Responses to “No flex scheduling in Week 16”
  1. allight59 says: Apr 21, 2017 3:27 PM

    Pack will be out of contention, but everyone will want to watch the eventual super bowl champions Vikings…..

  2. Bluestree says: Apr 21, 2017 3:55 PM

    Lol! Vikings vying for the division! That’s funny fight there.
    Remember last year when “the power in the North” shifted?!? Ahh…..That was a hoot!

  3. bhuettl says: Apr 21, 2017 5:02 PM

    Of course the Packers will be positioning for a playoff spot while Minnesota will just be assuming the position.

  4. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 21, 2017 5:02 PM

    I was driving through Minnesota this morning so thought I’d check out KFAN for an hour or two. No draft talk at all by Paul Allen, voice of the vikings. Weird. It’s like they don’t have anything to talk about at all even with the draft coming up in less than 1 week.

  5. Purple People Eaters says: Apr 21, 2017 5:16 PM

    Carl, you know full well that we traded our 1st round pick for Sammy Sleeves, so there really isn’t all that much to talk about. So, knock it off.

  6. guessthenguessagain says: Apr 21, 2017 5:23 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    “No draft talk at all by Paul Allen, voice of the vikings.”
    ————

    Huh. I was listening too, and heard back to back segments on the Vikings draft and schedule.

    Carl, are you sure you had the radio on? I’ll bet sometimes those voices in your head can get pretty loud, eh?

  7. The Phantom Stranger says: Apr 21, 2017 5:27 PM

    That’s funny, Carl, because I was listening to the same show this morning. They talked Vikings most of the time, even with a Wild playoff game tomorrow, and they spent quite a bit of time talking about the draft. There is more than one round, you know.

    It’s almost as if you make this stuff up.

  8. gtodriver says: Apr 21, 2017 6:13 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:

    I was driving through Minnesota this morning so thought I’d check out KFAN for an hour or two. No draft talk at all by Paul Allen, voice of the vikings. Weird. It’s like they don’t have anything to talk about at all even with the draft coming up in less than 1 week.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Carl forgets that in the Twin Cities – we have the NFL, the NBA, MLB, the NHL, MLS and the WNBA.

    The Wild are in the playoffs and a portion of PA’s show was dedicated to the NHL – as it should be.

    But Carl has the attention span of a gnat, and when he says an hour or two, what he really meant was 5 or 10 minutes.

    He doesn’t understand hockey, got bored and switched the channel to one that had the hog reports… 😉

    Now that’s something he understands… 😀

  9. bubbasmithguy says: Apr 21, 2017 6:14 PM

    What don’t understand about this schedule is how can the NFL year after year make the Viking go to Lambou late in the season and not once in the past 15 years have the late season game in MN. NFL tries to give the pack every advantage just like the biased calls from the officiating crew year after year.

  10. gtodriver says: Apr 21, 2017 6:25 PM

    bhuettl says:
    Apr 21, 2017 5:02 PM
    Of course the Packers will be positioning for a playoff spot while Minnesota will just be assuming the position.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    What bhuettl seems to have forgotten is that in the last 10 seasons – when the Pack and the Vikes have played each other in the last two weeks of the season (whether in Green Bay or MN) – the Vikings have won the game 66.67% of the time and gone on to the playoffs.

    But then, Packer fans choose to forget the facts.

  11. gtodriver says: Apr 21, 2017 6:35 PM

    bubbasmithguy says:

    What don’t understand about this schedule is how can the NFL year after year make the Viking go to Lambou late in the season and not once in the past 15 years have the late season game in MN.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I hate to correct you, but you’re wrong.

    2012 the Packers were all set up for homefield advantage if they could just beat the Vikings at the Metrodome.

    I was at the game with my wife and (unknown to her) had plans to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary with our families after the game.

    Well – we watched AP run for 199 yards and the Vikings defeated the Packers on December 30th.

    We had a great time at dinner and the lone Packer fan in attendance (hey, my brother married a gal from northern WI) was very quiet that night…

    There was also a November 30th game at TCF Bank stadium in 2014 – FWIW.

  12. stellarperformance says: Apr 21, 2017 7:08 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Apr 21, 2017 6:25 PM
    But then, Packer fans choose to forget the facts.
    ////////////////////////

    Wins? Losses? Facts?

    You can’t handle the truth.

    The Vikings have lost in the postseason more often than any other team, ever, including the pre-merger era when only “eight” teams played.

    It gets better.

    The Vikings have gone one-and-done in the postseason more often than any other team, ever, including the pre-merger era when only “eight” teams played.

    There’s more.

    The Vikings have to win four SuperBowls in a row before another team has any chance of relieving them of their well-earned reputation for futility. They’re going to own it for a long long time.

    Those, are facts, and I’ll never forget. How about you?

  13. ajd4 says: Apr 21, 2017 7:33 PM

    bubbasmithguy says:
    Apr 21, 2017 6:14 PM
    What don’t understand about this schedule is how can the NFL year after year make the Viking go to Lambou late in the season and not once in the past 15 years have the late season game in MN. NFL tries to give the pack every advantage just like the biased calls from the officiating crew year after year.

    —————————————————————-

    The NFL likes it when games are played in bad weather because the ratings usually go up. The Vikings should just be happy that they get to play on prime time anywhere late in the season. If the Vikings wanted more late-season home games against the Packers, they should have built an outdoor stadium. Playing at US Bank in December is the same as in September. That being said, I wish the Packers played the Vikings every week in any weather because they will win most of those games.

  14. kudzuwish says: Apr 21, 2017 7:50 PM

    Either way the teams are doing, it will be a fun game. Living in a border town there are lots of Packers fans and Vikings fans here. We give each other a ribbing here and there, but it’s not nearly as full of vitriol as this comment board. It’s usually a lot of fun. I guess being anonymous on the internet makes people say awful things they would never say to a person’s face.

  15. GenXJ says: Apr 21, 2017 8:39 PM

    Some Bears & packer fans claim that the two are a big rivalry.
    But, most know who the real & biggest NFCN rivals really are. The brass powers that be in the NFL recognize it too.

  16. f1restarter says: Apr 21, 2017 10:48 PM

    I guess this means the Vikings will have to be humiliated in prime time instead of just on local stations.

  17. whatjusthapped says: Apr 22, 2017 9:12 AM

    gtodriver says:

    What bhuettl seems to have forgotten is that in the last 10 seasons – when the Pack and the Vikes have played each other in the last two weeks of the season (whether in Green Bay or MN) – the Vikings have won the game 66.67% of the time and gone on to the playoffs.

    But then, Packer fans choose to forget the facts
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    There has to be some sort of alternative universe where the Viking fans go to to survive the humiliation.

    The Packers are 10-3-1 in the last 14 games between the teams during the regular and postseason. When you only lose 3 out of your last 14 games, your winning percentage is 79%. Use whatever term you want, I prefer the word, DOMINANT

  18. ariani1985 says: Apr 22, 2017 9:19 AM

    I kind of gotten used to the packer meltdowns reminder your Packer playoff choking except during regular season

  19. gtodriver says: Apr 22, 2017 10:42 AM

    stellarperformance says:

    You can’t handle the truth.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Says the man who choose to forget about the 25 full regulation seasons where the Packers failed to score a single TD in the playoffs.

    Earth to fecalperformance – you can’t lose very many playoff games if you don’t make the playoffs.

    Now I know that you’re going to complain because I didn’t include the 1982 shortened season…

    Well – do you know why that season doesn’t really count?

    Let’s lay the FACTS out:

    1982 Season Facts

    Only 8 teams out of 24 had between 6 and 8 wins (6 in the AFC and 2 in the NFC)

    Two teams with only 4 wins made the playoffs
    Six teams with only 5 wins made the playoffs

    Packers (5-3-1) only played 1 team that had 6 or more wins (a loss to the 6 – 3 Jets)

    One team went winless (Colts 0-8-1)

    Packers were the team to tie the Colts

    Packers had only a single win within the division.

    The Bears (3-6) were the only other team in the division with 1 win.

    The Lions (4 -5) had 4 (Packers twice and Bears twice), the Vikings (5-4) 3 and the Bucs (5-4) had 2.

    Despite the fact that no team in the NFC Central had more than 5 wins, the Central placed 4 teams in the playoffs – Packers, Vikings, Bucs and Lions.

    Both the Bucs and the Vikings played 3 teams with 6 or more wins. The Vikings were the only team to beat a 6 win team all season (including the playoffs).

    In the playoffs:

    The Packers played the 5-4 Cardinals in the first round and won, then lost to the 6-3 Cowboys.

    The Bucs played the 6-3 Cowboys and lost.

    The Lions played the 8-1 Redskins and lost.

    The Vikings played the played the 5-4 Falcons and won, then lost to the 8-1 Redskins that went on to win the Super Bowl.

  20. shaggytoodle says: Apr 22, 2017 3:32 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Apr 22, 2017 10:42 AM
    stellarperformance says:

    25 full regulation seasons where the Packers failed to score a single TD in the playoffs.
    _______________

    Since Minn. Fans talk out of both sides of their mouth can clear this up for me.

    Is 25 years of not having a playoff TD, is better than making the playoffs and losing?

  21. stellarperformance says: Apr 22, 2017 6:25 PM

    goatherder………nobody cares but you.

    The Vikings are the kings if futility. Right now. Today. Not thirty years ago.

    Your infatuation with the Dark Ages of the Packers is irrelevant. And silly.

  22. pillowporkers says: Apr 23, 2017 7:39 AM

    In Week 16 of 2017, I’m just hoping Teddy is back by then and giving us hope for 2018.

  23. jimmysee says: Apr 23, 2017 5:21 PM

    There are lies.

    There are damn lies.

    And then there are statistics.

    Anyone who uses statistics to try and convince us the Vikings are the better team is a fool, a lier, or maybe both.

  24. gtodriver says: Apr 24, 2017 8:03 AM

    jimmy

    Anyone that thinks that the reason for my post was to convince anyone which team was better is a fool, a liar or both.

    The reason for my post was that the Packers have been one of the most inconsistent teams over their history. They have moments of grandeur surrounded by long periods of total ineptitude.

    I like have my team be competitive most of the time. I hate non winning seasons where there isn’t much to cheer about.

    I like making the playoffs – it’s a symbol for being better than the average team.

    When you make the playoffs you have a chance to win it all – but only one of the teams that makes it does. All the other teams end the season with a loss.

    Which explains the number of playoff losses the Vikings have – they were in the playoffs more than most teams.

    That’s a fact that fecalperformance can’t seem to comprehend.

  25. gtodriver says: Apr 24, 2017 8:09 AM

    stellarperformance says:

    goatherder………nobody cares but you.

    The Vikings are the kings if futility. Right now. Today. Not thirty years ago.

    Your infatuation with the Dark Ages of the Packers is irrelevant. And silly.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Let’s forget about the long dark past.

    Your Packers have 12 playoff losses this century.

    The Vikings have 6 playoff losses in the same period.

    So, by your logic, the Packers are worse than the Vikings this century.

    Glad I could clear that up for you… 😀

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