NFL moves Saints to later starts in Weeks 12 and 13

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The Saints have ridden a seven-game winning streak to the top of the NFC South and the NFL is responding to that by putting a couple of their upcoming games into the preferred television window on Sunday afternoon.

The league announced changes to the kickoff times of the Saints’ games in both Week 12 and Week 13. Their Week 12 game against the Rams in Los Angeles was set to get underway at 4:05 p.m. ET, but the matchup between the two 7-2 teams will now get going at 4:25 p.m. ET.

The game will be on CBS while the Titans-Colts game earlier that day will now be on FOX.

New Orleans was set to face the Panthers at home at 1 p.m. ET the next Sunday, but that game between the two top teams in the division will also be moved to a 4:25 p.m. ET start. The game will remain on FOX and the Broncos-Dolphins game will be moving to the same network.

There will not be any changes to the Sunday night schedule in either week. Week 12 will feature the Packers in Pittsburgh to face the Steelers while Week 13 will find the Eagles and Seahawks squaring off in Seattle.

31 responses to “NFL moves Saints to later starts in Weeks 12 and 13

  1. They kept that week 12 Sunday night game? Who wants to see the Steelers beat the Packers by 40?

    Aaron Rodgers is making his strongest case for MVP this season by being hurt. That team goes from contender to god-awful when he is out

  2. Two things…Fox must be thrilled with the trade for Titans-Colts. That move better have come with 2018 first round pick.

    And…What does moving the Rams-Saints game 20 minutes later accomplish? The right move was to put that game in prime time. The Packers-Steelers lost all intrigue when Rodgers got hurt.

  3. Hmm which game would I rather see next week for Sunday night. Two potential 8-2 teams in the Saints vs Rams or a Rodger-less Packers team vs the Steelers. That’s a easy one to pick Saints @ Rams but the NFL are two clueless to figure that out

  4. The NFL had a great opportunity to flex the Rams/Saints to Sunday Night Football and decided to stay with the Packer/Steelers. The NFL wonders why ratings are down. The Packers are a completely different team without Rodgers on the negative side of course and the Steelers (sorry Steeler fans) are just down right boring to watch. Yeah Goodell needs to get an extension.

  5. “What does moving the Rams-Saints game 20 minutes later accomplish?”

    It accomplishes making it the 4:25 EST featured game available to most of the country. If you’re passing yourself off as program scheduling expert you should at least know the basics.

  6. <<>>

    It was a rhetorical question genius. If they move it to prime time, it goes to ALL of the country. But why would we want the entire country seeing the best game on the schedule, right Mr Scheduling Expert?

  7. sumkat says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    They kept that week 12 Sunday night game? Who wants to see the Steelers beat the Packers by 40?
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    I wanted to see them beat the Colts by 40, but that sure didn’t happen. There aren’t any gimmes for the Steelers. Have the Steelers even scored 40 lately? Or even 30?

  8. sumkat says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    They kept that week 12 Sunday night game? Who wants to see the Steelers beat the Packers by 40?

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    Pittsburgh has a bad habit of losing (or barely squeaking by)the games they are supposed to win. I don’t see a 40 point victory. Not even close… Tomlin had better get them buttoned up and soon.

  9. “That’s always a good go to excuse when dumb statements are corrected.”

    Says the anonymous, online forum scheduling expert who thinks the right move is to show the best game to 75% of the country instead of all of it.

    By the way…How’s that Cardinals season working out for you.

  10. So not only do the Saints have to play, yet again on the road on a Thursday night, the NFL moves their divisional game even closer to the TNF game..

    2017 @ Atlanta
    2016 @ Carolina
    2014 @ Atlanta
    2013 @ Atlanta
    2012 @ Atlanta
    2011 @ Green Bay
    2010 @ Dallas

    Only 1 game since the 2010 Season at home.

  11. @fballguy – Try to keep up with the conversation. You’re the guy who didn’t know the difference between a 4:05 and 4:25 start. All that was said to you was an explanation of that difference. Nothing was stated to you about the difference between the 4:25 and the primetime game. That would have been too much for you to understand.

  12. Why would any football fan want to watch the Packers vs Steelers? That game is going to suck. The Saints vs Rams should be the Sunday night game. And they wonder why ratings are down. It could also be that they keep showing that dumpster fire Dolphins team every week in prime time.

  13. sumkat says:
    November 14, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    They kept that week 12 Sunday night game? Who wants to see the Steelers beat the Packers by 40?

    Aaron Rodgers is making his strongest case for MVP this season by being hurt. That team goes from contender to god-awful when he is out.
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    Totally disagree. Since when is the MVP the player who lets a team contend? Carson Wentz is MVP to date this year. Rodgers is no doubt MVP of the packers.

  14. Why are the packers on Sunday night? All we are going to hear is how great Aaron Rodgers is by holding a clipboard and sitting on the bench.

    Collingsworth “ Aaron Rodgers has to be the greatest bench sitter of all time. Look at how he turns when needed and talks to Hundley.”

    Gag

  15. I for one am glad they kept the snoozefest of Packers Steelers on Sun night. With a road game against the Falcons the next Thurs, I think the Saints would have been upset. Sun night road game in LA, travel to Atl for Thurs night game. That is absolutely brutal. 4 hours might not sound like a huge deal, but getting in at midnight or 1 am beats 4 or 5 am. West coast road game followed by east coast road game Thurs night is just absolutely brutal.

  16. So why can’t move the Rams-Vikings game this week to 4:25? At matchup of two 7-2 division leaders with first-round playoff bye implications? SMH…

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