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  1. hallfamebrady

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    With Tebow time gaining steam and the Pats playing well, I would think the Pats / Broncos game has a good chance of being flexed to Sunday night the week of 12/18. The scheduled game that night is Ravens / Chargers and most of the games that week lack appeal. The Steelers / Niners is already scheduled for Monday night.

    The Pats have already lost out on one Sunday night game with the Colts being horrible.

    Thoughts.
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    Unfortunately, I'd consider that a lock.
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    If Denver keeps winning it very well could be flexed to Sunday Night. I'd prefer it didn't though. Mile High is already a tough place to play, then add the atmosphere of a primetime game....I'm good with 4:15.
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    I hope not. I can't stand the Sunday night games. They start so late.
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    I would say yes, TV loves Tebow.
    It will also be the night that Tebow ask God for the win and God responds
    "Look, I have done miracles for a infinity, and created the universe , but no one can make you win this game"
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    Thanks Yogi. Sunday Night game should be played in the daytime:p


    Just kidding:)
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    great idea. Tebow vs. Brady would make for good TV. Both players are complete opposites, but they're both winners. and winners = ratings
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    You can say that again. Tebow doesn't know how to throw the ball, and Brady can't run.
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    If CBS hasn't used their one hold on a game, then the Denver/Pats game will be it.. I don't think it will be flexed..
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    Yeah, and the Ravens/Chargers game (the Sunday night game that day) still have playoff implications. NBC might not push for the Pats/Broncos game if there is another game that they want to steal from CBS another week where they might have a game with no playoff implications.
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    Off the top of my head I'm not positive about the protocols of the daytime networks (such as CBS in this case) being able to 'protect' a game, but if I'm not mistaken they usually get to keep one game from being flexed each week. The Pats-Broncos would certainly be the premier late afternoon game for CBS, and they own the doubleheader that week.

    I guess it would come down to how much influence the NFL - who supposedly has the final say in these decisions - has over CBS. Boston and Denver are much bigger television markets than Baltimore and San Diego, and both have bigger fan bases. That would appeal to the NFL and NBC to move the Pats game to prime time, but at the same time that is also why CBS would be reluctant to give this game up.

    The other thing to consider is that the NFL might try to convince CBS that the Eagles -Jets game would give them comparable ratings, as those are two of the largest television markets in the US - plus they would get the Baltimore - San Diego game back in return as an alternative.


    If I had to guess right now then I would say CBS holds on to the Pats - Broncos game, and it does not get flexed to Sunday night. However, if the Chargers lose at Jacksonville? Look for a change.
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    Hopefully N.England is 10-3 at that point, having Indy and Washington in the prior weeks before.

    Denver however, has Minnesota and Chicago, so they may be closer to 7-6.

    Your point remains the same though, as Denver's newfound playoff hope would certainly add to the drama.

    Consider me one who does not think it gets flexed though.
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    The league and networks have to see the potential for that game turning into a blowout. I could see Detroit v. Oakland getting the treatment instead.
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    IIRC, they get to protect five games each, with a *maximum* of one game per week.

    Moreover, the list of protected games was due a while ago, so they no longer have the choice.
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    I hate Sunday/Monday nite games.. Sunday afternoon is the right time.
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    I hope it doesn't get flexed as it's one of the only sunday nights I have to work this year.
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    I hope it does get flexed because I'll be in Florider south of Tamper then and would like to watch it at home
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    Have to strongly disagree. Blowout potential or no, Detroit v. Oakland just doesn't sound like must-see viewing for a national audience. Brady and Tebow are two of the league's best marquee names right now, making this game a cinch to promote.
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    If DEN beats the Vikes it is a lock to be flexed.
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    Tim (vs) Tommy - Wait a minute doesn't he play goalie for the Boston Bruins?

    Our track record in Denver is absolutely horrible. We probably have to win this just to get a first round bye. This Tebowmania thing is a lot of fun except if you are on the receiving end of it.
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    MIXED FEELINGS
    I want flex so I can get a fouth day of skiing in on roadtrip !
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    Not quite. The Pats still have a ~2/3 chance of a bye at 12-4, and a ~1/4 chance even at 11-5.
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    These are/were the protected games, from week ten on. This is not a guess or prediction; these are the actual protected games that cannot be moved to SNF.

    Week 10 - CBS: none ------------ FOX: Saints-Falcons
    Week 11 - CBS: Chargers-Bears -- FOX: Cowboys-Redskins
    Week 12 - CBS: Patriots-Eagles -- FOX: Bears-Raiders
    Week 13 - CBS: Jets-Redskins ---- FOX: Packers-Giants
    Week 14 - CBS: Pats-Redskins ---- FOX: none
    Week 15 - CBS: Jets-Eagles ------ FOX: Redskins-Giants
    Week 16 - schedule stays intact due to holiday
    Week 17 - NFL decides what changes will be made

    And in case anyone is wondering, the rule is that a team can play in no more than four Sunday Night Football games, and can only be scheduled at the start of the season for three.

    After thinking about it some more, I would say that is very likely that the game against Denver will be moved to Sunday night.
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    If the Chargers keep losing and the Broncos keep winning I can see it being flexed.
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    I think the NFL either keeps the Ravens / Chargers game or flexes the Pats / Broncos game. at the end, I think they choose the Pats / Broncos game.

    Why:

    1. Although the Ravens and the Pats will still have a lot to play for in week 15. The Ravens are in a tight division and the race for a first round bye / home field is tight with several teams. The Pats could be playing meaningful games right up until the last week when it comes to a first round bye even if they run the table.

    2. The Broncos will play the Vikings and the Bears over the next two weeks. Both games are winnable and their playoff hopes will likely still be alive. The Chargers have no chance.

    3. The Pats have already been flexed out of a Sunday night game even though the NFL loves Brady. The networks would rather have Brady than anyone on the Ravens or Chargers.

    4. Although Tebow has played on a Thursday night, most of the country has yet to see Tebow mania.

    5. The Pats have a horrible record over the Broncos even during the Brady years. In fact, I think the Broncos are the only team Brady has a losing record over his career.
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    I'd be willing to put money on it being flexed. If the Broncos D continues to hold and McGahee's knee doesn't shatter by then the media will be absolutely hysterical with Tebowmania. Putting him up against a "32nd ranked defense" and a TFB-led offense... the storylines write themselves.
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    I think the Chargers are way over exposed to the national audience.
    Given they are on MNF the week before there is really no compelling storyline.
    What, the farewell Norv(and maybe AJ) tour ?

    Jesus has yet to be shown nationwide on free tv.
    After last nights win I would think the chances of a flex are very high.
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    I'll say, 2-5 when Brady starts.

    2001-Loss in DEN
    2002-Loss at home
    2003-Win in DEN
    2004-DNP
    2005-Loss at DEN in AFC Div
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