NFL moves Bengals-Chiefs into Week Seven Rams-49ers slot

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Several years ago, the NFL adjusted the flexing procedures to protect Sunday Night Football against a significant injury that would make a competitive and compelling game not quite as competitive or compelling.

The NFL is invoking those procedures in 12 days.

The league has announced that the Rams-49ers game set for October 20 has been replaced. Bengals-Chiefs will be televised instead that night on NBC.

It makes a lot of sense, given that the 49ers lost quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for the season. It makes even more sense given that the 49ers were scheduled to play in prime time four times from Week Six through Week 10.

It makes the most sense because the Bengals are 4-1 and the Chiefs are 5-0. Kansas City has a stellar offense with plenty of stars, including an emerging franchise quarterback in Patrick Mahomes.

Ultimately, the change in games will result in much higher ratings for the Sunday night window, and the league wisely is doing whatever it can to boost the ratings of the prime-time windows.

But there’s no guarantee that Rams-49ers would have been a clunker. Last year, they produced a 41-39 prime-time barnburner, with Brian Hoyer at quarterback for San Francisco.

Still, Bengals-Chiefs should be the better game, and it should draw a bigger crowd. It also will place the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football twice in three weeks.

44 responses to “NFL moves Bengals-Chiefs into Week Seven Rams-49ers slot

  1. If they hadn’t changed it, I would have had the choice between watching AMC’s “The Walking Dead” or San Francisco’s “Walking Dead” that Sunday night.

  2. The only thing that makes no sense is how everyone, including PFT, thinks that because Jimmy G was in that somehow the Niners were worthy of four primetime games. Stats people. Look at stats and let go of emotions.

  3. I bet this just kills the fans on the coasts to half to watch two teams that are in fly over country. Especially two of the more smaller market teams.

  4. can they flex out the thanksgiving cowboys game ? watching Prescott last year gave me agita and ruined my dinner

  5. Hmm…Andy Dalton playing in prime time on the road?

    If I was still alive in my survivor pool, I’d be taking KC in that game.

  6. This is what Goodell and the NFL is doing now. Considering the ‘relocation’ of two franchises, the LA Chargers and next, the Raiders. These teams lose fan interest and lower TV ratings as their once solid fan base diminishes when they leave town. The Chargers are a failed relocation as the Rams powerful momentum leaves the Chargers in the dust in LA. The Las Vegas Raiders won’t draw as there are too many other entertainment options in Las Vegas like in LA. Consumer/NFL won’t go and spend $500 to see a Raiders game. New state-of-the-art stadiums don’t suddenly create a fan base. As the Rolling Stones song says, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want!” Goodell and the NFL owners has created a massive problem with these franchises moving.

  7. can they flex out the thanksgiving cowboys game ? watching Prescott last year gave me agita and ruined my dinner.

    Watching The Cowboys has given me Acid Re flux disease. All the Nexium in the world cant help me anymore.

  8. It makes the most sense because the Bengals are 4-1 and the Chiefs are 5-0. Kansas City has a stellar offense with plenty of stars, including an emerging franchise quarterback in Patrick Mahomes.

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    Butch Coolidge ooks into rear view mirror and says to himself… “that’s how you’re gonna beat’em, Butch… they keep under-estimating you…”

  9. jdubkc says:
    October 9, 2018 at 11:39 am
    MFL – Mahomes Football League. Its just starting.
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    What’s starting is teams have film on the kid. 2 picks this week. Ya they won but Bortles was Bortles again. The kid is good but there is a chance of an Andy Reid led team being 5-5 in a few weeks. I think I’ll let the whole season play out before anointing the new guy.

  10. Oh thank God I don’t think I could bring myself to watch the 49ers this year. All they have left is an angry Richard Sherman.

    On second thought, I wouldn’t mind seeing an angry little Richard.

  11. I bet this just kills the fans on the coasts to half to watch two teams that are in fly over country. Especially two of the more smaller market teams.

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  12. I bet this just kills the fans on the coasts to half to watch two teams that are in fly over country. Especially two of the more smaller market teams.
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    Fans that like good football games over bad ones will be happy and what does it matter where they are located? Your “fly over” country includes about 20 teams and some of the most beautiful and fun cities in the United States btw.

  13. Would the “Andy Reid will eff up the clock” people watch a single game this season please?

    He has Mahomes now. He doesn’t waste timeouts because the QB will make something else happen. There have been so, SO few unnecessary timeouts since 15 has taken over you boys need to find a new argument.

  14. I wonder if they’ll move it back to 1pm if the Pats kick their *ss this SUnday night? Not saying they will, just wondering.

  15. Hopefully the Bengals ignore this because it’s Steelers week in the Nati. No time for looking ahead.

  16. The Chiefs are now on back to back Sunday night games!!! This week vs. the Cheaters and next week at home against the Bengals. Is this an NFL first? I can’t recall one team being on back to back Sunday nights ever.

  17. What? They didn’t flex it to a Cowboys game. Depriving us the opportunity to see more field goals in prime time?

  18. The Las Vegas Raiders won’t draw as there are too many other entertainment options in Las Vegas

    Who posted this? Yogi Berra? It’s like the ‘No one goes there because it’s too crowded’ line.
    Absolutely clueless. I guess no one is going to those hockey games either.

  19. Frisco is playing for the right to draft early in 2019. Bengals and Chiefs are competing for home field advantage in the playoffs. The Bengals-Chiefs game should be better for the fans, even for 49er fans.

  20. Ouch San Fran! You suck so bad that you’re getting pulled from prime time. But but but i thought the niners were the team to beat in the NFC west with the all world QB jimmy G and Jerk Mickinon. HA back to the cellar with ye. Dilly Dilly!

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