In a surprising move the NFL announced earlier today that the Week 16 AFC Championship rematch between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots will be moved from the original 8:20 spot to now 4:25. In its place will now be the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles.
This move is truly baffling to me. I realize the Bears-Eagles probably has a little more as far as playoff implications go, but it’s not like Patriots-Ravens is exactly Houston Texans–Jacksonville Jaguars. The Ravens and Pats have had some epic games over the past couple of years. The last two AFC Championships for example or how about last year’s amazing Sunday Night game which came down to a last second field goal. As far as TV goes, who is a bigger name than pretty boy Tom Brady? Maybe Peyton Manning. The Pats do have a chance to lock up the AFC East this Sunday with a win over the Miami Dolphins, but they still have a chance to catch the Denver Broncos for the No. 1 seed and they can still be caught by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens are currently in the No. 6 spot in the AFC and obviously need to continue winning to make it back to the playoffs. The Ravens and Patriots play so often that all the games have the feel of a division game, even though they’re in different divisions. I don’t know if I could say the same for the Bears and Eagles, with all due respect.
I think the league was made an unwise decision in moving the Ravens and Patriots out of the prime time spot. Oh well, it will be their loss when the Ravens-Patriots give us another classic whereas Bears-Eagles has blowout potential. We shall see.
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