Now that Cincinnati has defeated Denver and has made next Sunday night’s game against Pittsburgh an AFC North Division Championship Game, it has also made the New England Patriots the number one seed in the AFC.
We do have a crossflex as the NFL has moved Carolina at Atlanta from 1 p.m. on Fox to the 4:25 p.m. window on CBS.
To make up for Fox losing an early game, Jacksonville at Houston which was going to be on CBS at 1 p.m. moves to Fox.
Here’s what we have.
WEEK 17 FLEX SCHEDULING:
BENGALS-STEELERS TO BE NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL;
LIONS-PACKERS TO 4:25 PM ET ON FOX;
PANTHERS-FALCONS TO 4:25 PM ET ON CBS;
JAGUARS-TEXANS TO 1:00 PM ET ON FOX
The Week 17 Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers game on Sunday, December 28 will be played at 8:30 PM ET on NBC, the Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers game goes to 4:25 PM ET on FOX, the Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons game to 4:25 PM ET on CBS and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans to 1:00 PM ET on FOX, the NFL announced tonight.
Most markets will see four Sunday afternoon games (two on CBS and two on FOX) plus the NBC Sunday night game with the NFL’s Week 17 double doubleheader schedule, which was introduced in 2006.
Following is the final Week 17 NFL schedule:
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 (WEEK 17)
(Asterisk (*) and bold represents changed game time or network)
CLEVELAND AT BALTIMORE 1:00 PM (ET) CBS SAN DIEGO AT KANSAS CITY 1:00 PM (ET) CBS NEW YORK JETS AT MIAMI 1:00 PM (ET) CBS CHICAGO AT MINNESOTA 1:00 PM (ET) FOX PHILADELPHIA AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00 PM (ET) FOX NEW ORLEANS AT TAMPA BAY 1:00 PM (ET) FOX INDIANAPOLIS AT TENNESSEE 1:00 PM (ET) CBS DALLAS AT WASHINGTON 1:00 PM (ET) FOX *JACKSONVILLE AT HOUSTON 1:00 PM (ET) FOX BUFFALO AT NEW ENGLAND 1:00 PM (ET) CBS *CAROLINA AT ATLANTA 4:25 PM (ET) CBS OAKLAND AT DENVER 4:25 PM (ET) CBS *DETROIT AT GREEN BAY 4:25 PM (ET) FOX ARIZONA AT SAN FRANCISCO 4:25 PM (ET) FOX ST. LOUIS AT SEATTLE 4:25 PM (ET) FOX *CINCINNATI AT PITTSBURGH 8:30 PM (ET) NBC
The NFL uses “flexible scheduling” to ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots and to give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:25 PM ET time slot on CBS or FOX.
For the first time this season, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.
So the NFL gives us a final crossflex in Week 17 and the chips fell just about where they were supposed to. One more week of the regular season and then a couple of changes in the playoffs, but we’ll address those next week.