No change to Sunday Night Football in Week 15

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When the NFL schedule was released this offseason, the Cowboys’ visit to Oakland was set for Sunday Night Football in Week 15.

Neither of those teams have seen their seasons play out exactly as hoped, but they won’t be flexed out of prime time. The NFL announced on Monday that there will not be a change to the times of any game that week.

There are some games on the schedule that would have appeal to move into the Sunday night slot, although CBS likely protected the Patriots-Steelers matchup that will kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET. The Rams will be in Seattle for what could be an NFC West title clash and Aaron Rodgers could return to the lineup when the Packers travel to Carolina at 1 p.m. ET.

Appealing as those games are, the Cowboys have historically been a big draw and the league’s never been in a hurry to move their games to slots with fewer potential viewers.

13 responses to “No change to Sunday Night Football in Week 15

  1. So let me get this straight…there will be the 2 top teams in the AFC battling for the top seed and 2 of the top teams in the NFC essentially battling for their division title and your going to show a matchup of two .500 teams because they are a huge draw? Makes perfect sense.

  2. Both the Cowboys and the Raiders have huge fanbases, they’ll get the ratings and let’s face it, that’s what it’s all about.

  3. schmitty2 says:

    December 4, 2017 at 11:15 am

    So let me get this straight…there will be the 2 top teams in the AFC battling for the top seed and 2 of the top teams in the NFC essentially battling for their division title and your going to show a matchup of two .500 teams because they are a huge draw? Makes perfect sense.

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    Pretty much. It’s all about the money.

  4. Another year, maybe, but right now I’m not sure Cowboys/Raiders will generate the highest rating. Assuming Pats/Steelers was a no go, but Seahawks/Rams would probably have been a wash, ratings wise. Now hardly anyone will see that game, which is a shame.

  5. bradygirl12 says:
    December 4, 2017 at 12:05 pm
    Pat/Steelers will be game of the year and belongs in prime time. Cowboys/Raiders? Boring, especially the Raiders.
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    Nothing wrong with CBS protecting that game and there is also nothing wrong with 4:15 pm start time. Those games can get as many or more viewers than night games.

  6. snowlock2013 says:

    Shouldn’t be long before we see MN flexed into prime time. I’d rather they not, but I’m expecting it.
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    Won’t happen this year. This article is about the possible flexing of week 15.

    So it’s only week 16 and 17 left to possibly flex.

    Week 16, the Vikings play the Packers on Saturday night, so no need to flex anything.

    Week 17, the Vikings play the Bears at noon. No way they flex that to the late afternoon game and there is no Sunday or Monday Night Football in week 17.

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