In recent years, there has been a lot of time and energy put forth to analyzing NBC and their use of “flex” games during the NFL season. For reference, the network has the ability to switch out their late-season schedule in order to gain the most eyeballs on their game, and it’s a tool that they often utilize.
With that, this one had to be an easy choice.
Panthers-Saints game has been flexed into Dec. 8 SNF time slot. Falcons-Packers game will be played earlier that day. Details shortly.
— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) November 25, 2013
The NFL announced that the Falcons road game against the Green Bay Packers has been moved to 1:00 pm ET, presumably to account for the fact that the national market has no interest in seeing the 2-9 road team. It’s tough to argue against them in this instance, especially when NBC could pick up a mammoth showdown between the Saints and Panthers that could be for the division title, but even if there wasn’t an “obvious” game, I would prefer that the Falcons not be featured.
There are diehard Falcons fans (myself included) that will be locked in until the very end, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that “we” want the team to be publicly shamed, and the fact that less people will see this particular match-up (with Aaron Rodgers back by then, no less) is almost certainly a good thing.