In what may be one of the more “Yeah … no duh!” moves in television programming, the NFL announced Friday that the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos on November 17 will move from its current starting time of 3:25 p.m. CT on CBS television to the national Sunday Night Football broadcast at 7:30 p.m. CT on NBC.
In addition to the Chiefs/Broncos move, the league announced that the Green Bay Packers/New York Giants game is moving to a 3:25 p.m. CT start on FOX and the San Diego Chargers/Miami Dolphins game has moved to a 3:05 p.m. CT start on CBS.
The moves are all part of the “flexible scheduling” system that the NFL employs on Sundays from Weeks 11 through 17. According to the statement from the NFL, “flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:25 PM ET time slot on CBS or FOX. “
With the Chiefs having one of the most surprising turnarounds in NFL history – from a 2012 record of 2-14 to their current 8-0 mark in 2013 – and the Broncos putting up video game-like offensive numbers every week, it’s no shock that the NFL wants to showcase the first meeting between the two teams on its prime time line-up Sunday night.
The Chiefs sit atop the NFL and the AFC West division with a perfect 8-0 record and regardless of the reasons for it, have blown everyone’s expectations for this season out of the water. The Broncos, pre-season favorites to be the AFC representative in this year’s Super Bowl, are one game back at 7-1.
The Chiefs turnaround has been achieved mostly through a dominating #1-ranked defense that is on an NFL record-tying pace for quarterback sacks and giving up a jaw-dropping pittance of points per game (12.2 ppg). The Broncos, led by QB Peyton Manning, are scoring an equally eye-popping number of points per game – 42.9 ppg, more than 14 points more per game than the Dallas Cowboys (28.8) at #2.
The Chiefs play the Buffalo Bills this Sunday and have a legitimate shot of being 9-0 going into their bye week next Sunday. At worst, KC will be 8-1. The Broncos are on their bye this week and play the San Diego Chargers next Sunday in San Diego. The NFL could possibly have two 8-1 teams playing each other for control of the AFC playoff race.
No doubt every Chiefs fan would like to see their team still undefeated and 9-0 going into the Denver game, while the Broncos lose to San Diego and be 7-2 going into the contest.
But first … the Buffalo Bills await.
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