When the season started, it looked like the debut of the New Arrowhead on Monday Night Football would be the only nationally televised game for the Kansas City Chiefs. Now that they are off to a 4-2 start and leading the AFC West, there’s a good chance the NFL will “flex” the Chiefs to a primetime game on NBC.
For those of you that don’t know, here are the basics when it comes to the NFL’s flexible schedule, or switching out the currently planned Sunday night game with one that is more appealing.
- Games can be flexed starting Week 11 and run until the end of the season
- Games may also be moved from 1pm to 4pm.
- Thursday, Saturday and Monday night games cannot be altered in any way.
- During Weeks 11-16 any change will be announced no later than 12 days prior to the game.
- For Week 17 the announcement can be made with 6 days notice to ensure a game with playoff implications is involved.
- Teams are informed as soon as they are no longer being considered or eligible to be flexed.
The current slate of Sunday night games look solid and when you combine that with the Chiefs weak schedule, it limits the possibilities. But they are still out there. Here are the two weeks to keep your eye on.
Currently Scheduled: Philadelphia at Dallas
Chiefs Game: At San Diego
At the beginning of the season, this game looked like a lock to stay on Sunday night even before Michael Vick exploded onto the scene. With Tony Romo out for the next 6-8 weeks and the Cowboys season over, it seems like an easy decision to move it back to 4pm.
The Chargers have struggled, but if they make a run over the next few weeks and put pressure on the Chiefs at the top of the division we could see this one end up on NBC.
Currently Scheduled: San Diego at Cincinnati
Chiefs Game: Home Against Tennessee
San Diego might fight back, but what are the odds that the Bengals do the same? Playing in the same division as the Steelers and Ravens, it’s hard to imagine NBC would want anything to do with a likely dead Cincinnati team on the second to last weekend of the season.
The Chiefs and Titans, meanwhile, could both be fighting for a division title or at worst the wild card. Vince Young and Chris Johnson immediately make Tennessee a flexworthy team and it seems the Chiefs are developing more of those players every week.
This is likely the best chance Kansas City and Arrowhead have of making it back to primetime during the regular season.