NFL flexes Patriots out of upcoming primetime game
The New England Patriots were scheduled to have three primetime games down the stretch of the 2023 NFL season. As of Thursday afternoon, that’s no longer the case.
Prior to this season, the NFL introduced new flex scheduling procedures that allowed the league to make changes to late-season Monday Night and Thursday Night games. In the past, only Sunday games could be flexed.
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Next week’s Patriots game will be the first to be flexed under the new rules. Their Week 15 home matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs – originally scheduled for Monday Night Football will now be a Sunday 1:00 p.m. kickoff, the NFL announced on Thursday. The game will be replaced by an NFC matchup, with the Philadelphia Eagles visiting the Seattle Seahawks.
This is the second year in a row the Patriots are being flexed out of a primetime game. Last year’s Week 15 game at the Las Vegas Raiders was flexed out of Sunday Night Football.
Despite the flex the Patriots still have more primetime opportunities ahead. They’ll visit the Steelers for Thursday Night Football next week, followed by the Chiefs game. After that, they take on the Broncos in Denver on Sunday Night Football on Christmas Eve.
Coverage of the Week 15 Patriots-Chiefs game will follow a normal Sunday schedule on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Sunday Kickoff will air at 8:00 a.m. ET leading into Patriots Preview at 10:00 on The Sports Hub and the Patriots Radio Network.