With the playoffs heating up, fans want to see the best action in prime time. That, however, will not be happening this weekend.
The NFL has decided that it is going to stick with the New York Giants and Washington Redskins for the Sunday Night Football game instead of flexing it to a game in which deserves that spotlight, the Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs.
Both of these teams are battling for the AFC West division and the right for home-field advantage. No one is going to want to watch a game in which both teams are more than likely not going to the postseason. That is not what flex scheduling is about. The league should want the best teams going head-to-head on the big stage.
Yes, I understand that it would be the Broncos’ third straight Sunday Night game and it would not be fair to have both matchups between these rivals on prime time television, but it is what it is. This just happened to be the game with the biggest playoff implications. You could make a case for the Arizona Cardinals–Philadelphia Eagles game to be flexed because of the playoff implications for both teams, but that’d be a stretch.
It should not matter who has gotten the prime time chance. Teams that are playing well deserve a spot. Merely moving the Chiefs-Broncos rematch from 1 p.m. EST to a 4:25 p.m. EST time does not do enough because there could still be some fans across the states that still will not be able to watch it.
This rematch will show to America which AFC West team is the true powerhouse in the conference filled with star players and great talent all around. Not flexing this game to Sunday Night is simply robbing the fans of good quality football in a critical part of the season.