Wednesday, November 07, 2007
NBC took its first flex option for Week 11 by adding the Pats and Bills, and some people think it might be a little premature (myself included). I planned on taking a look at other possible games that they could have choosen, but without knowing the protected games of FOX and CBS that would have been pointless. Well know I know and here's what I've come up with.....
Week 12- Broncos-Bears
Week 13- Jaguars-Colts
Week 14- Steelers-Patriots
Week 15- Jaguars-Steelers
Week 16- Texans-Colts
Week 11- Giants-Lions
Week 13- Giants-Bears
Week 14- Giants-Eagles
Week 15- Lions-Chargers
Week 16- Packers-Bears
Hmmm, which network do you think did a better job of protecting games? I agree....3 Giants games?!?! That's just dumb. But that's not the dumbest part....by choosing the Pats-Bills game NBC has lost the right to any other Pats game for the season unless they rid themselves of the Pats-Eagles game the following week. Via Sports Business Daily.....
Only three teams can appear as many as six times in primetime -- on NBC, ESPN or NFL Network -- and no team can appear more than four times on NBC. NBC was originally scheduled to air Bears-Seahawks in Week 11, but that game will now be carried on Fox. The Patriots will play their sixth primetime game of the season in Week 17 on NFL Network, meaning if the NFL wanted to put another Patriots game on NBC, Eagles-Patriots would have to be moved off of NBC's schedule.By picking the Bills-Pats game the only good options that NBC is left with for the rest of the season are the following....
Week 13: Lions-Vikings
Week 16: Redskins-Vikings, Giants-Bills
Week 17: Lions-Packers, Titans-Colts
If they drop the Pats Eagles in Week 12 they could swap it for the Vikings at Giants or Redskins at Bucs, and they'd be left with the following Patriots games to choose from....
Week 14: New York Jets at New England
Week 15: Miami Dolphins at New England
Hmmm.....maybe they made the right choice and it's not so dumb after all.