It’s that time of year when the NFL’s schedule is subjected to NBC pick-pocketing the best games of the week and moving them to their primetime slot on Sunday night. So far NBC has been pretty fair if you look at their choices on paper, but really there hasn’t been that many great games to choose from this deep in the season.
NBC did not flex out of Bengals-Steelers matchup this upcoming week but they did move some games around the following week. NBC has announced that they’ve exercised their Week 16 flex option and move the Bears-Eagles game from 1pm ET to their Sunday Night Football slot. The game bumps the previously scheduled Patriots-Ravens game back to 4:25pm ET, and that game will now be airing on CBS.
It’s not like NBC had a slew of good games to shuffle through in Week 16 as the only other intriguing matchup is Cardinals-Seahawks game since Arizona is fighting for a playoff spot and Seattle is looking to wrap up home field advantage.
But the Bears-Eagles game has much more at stake as Chicago is still in the hunt to win the NFC North and at the very least are trying to make a run at the final Wild Card spot. This is a plan that the Eagles are also trying to see through as the NFC East is down to Philly and Dallas with the Eagles holding onto a one-game lead in the division.
It’s a game that didn’t look all that exciting a few weeks ago but suddenly is the most watchable game of Week 16 and NBC will be brining it to the entire nation.