We’re to the time of the football season in which NBC has the luxury of basically stealing a better game from FOX or CBS if they think it’s going to be better for their ratings than the scheduled game for that week. What the prestigious flexing clause does for NBC is it allows them to take the best game of the week and move it to their Sunday Night slot, but the network isn’t abusing the policy like you’d expect them to do.
According to ProFootballTalk, NBC hasn’t yet decided to flex out of their current Week 13 matchup of the New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins in favor of the much more appealing game between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. There are a few reasons why the network likely won’t opt to air that game, the main reason being it would be pretty blatant favoritism towards the Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning.
Not that this is a bad thing, but it’s hard to not blast the network if they were to feature Manning and his Broncos for three consecutive weeks as last night’s game featured the two teams battling for the first time this season and next week sees Manning play Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football.
So NBC is just going to bite the bullet and air the game as it actually could end up being crucially important to how the terrible NFC East shapes up, plus it gives Bob Costas another opportunity to rant about the Redskins name — not that we’re saying that’s a bad thing but it’s a perk, so to speak. There’s also the matter of Washington and New York being massive television markets, which sort of helps soothe the pain.
It’s only Week 13 we’re talking about and the Broncos could be in some seriously meaningful games as we near the end of the season so NBC is going to want to hold steady on flexing the team too often as it could pay off later.