Steelers Week 15 game vs Bills flexed to prime time

Ruben Hill
December 3, 2019

The late-season matchup between two playoff contenders took precedence over the originally scheduled December 15 prime-time game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings.

The NFL announced on Sunday that Buffalo's Week 15 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 15 will be flexed from a day game on CBS to the 6:20 p.m. EDT "Sunday Night Football" slot on NBC. The Bill are now 9-3 but because they have to play in the same division as the New England Patriots can do no better than the No. 5 seed in the AFC. The same day, Pittsburgh (7-5) is at Arizona (3-8-1).

However, those two teams are apparently not a good enough draw in Week 15 and the NFL has made the decision to pull this contest out of the prime-time slot on Sunday Night Football and into a standard late-afternoon time slot. Games scheduled for Thursday, Saturday and Monday nights are untouchable.

The Vikings and Chargers will kick off at 3:05 p.m. Central in a game now televised by CBS. They can not protect any games in Week 17.

No team is allowed more than six prime-time appearances per season and only three teams are allowed to have six prime-time games. The Week 15 game will be played in Pittsburgh.

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