The NFL announced today that they have moved the November 18th Week 11 matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots from 1 P.M. eastern to 4:25 P.M. The move more than likely would have been to the Sunday Night slot on NBC, but the Pittsburgh Steelers host AFC North division rival Baltimore Ravens that night. That would probably garner a little more attention at this point of the year with divisional title implications on the line in that game.
Nevertheless, the game time being moved to the later time slot is a huge credit to how the Colts are playing right now. They’re 5-3 and currently hold a one game lead on the first wildcard slot in the AFC and can control their own destiny. More than likely, the NFL is looking at things like everyone else and predicting the Colts beat division opponent the Jacksonville Jaguars on primetime tv on Thursday night to move to 6-3 and winner’s of their last four games.
The Colts/Patriots were among the best rivalries in all of sports the past decade as we saw countless games come down the wire between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. We all thought the rivalry lost its luster last year without Manning. No one expected the Colts to be where they were at right now with Andrew Luck looking like one of the best quarterback’s in the NFL right now.
Now, Luck/Brady looks like it could be a prime matchup and is getting the attention of the national media.
Week 11 is the first week for NFL flex scheduling and they definitely had some good games to move around.