It’s that time of year when NBC decides which games it wants to steal from CBS of FOX to air on it’s Sunday Night Football schedule. It’s called flexing, and it’s perhaps the most luxurious thing that a TV network can have when it comes to ensuring that whatever game they get a given week is the best not he schedule.
For week 14, NBC has decided that the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers game is the best on the schedule and has officially flexed the game to primetime.
It’s not that big of a surprise that NBC would want to flex what will prove to be a game that has serious playoff implications on the line. From out of nowhere, the Carolina Panthers and star quarterback Cam Newton have gone on a tear through their schedule, from beating the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots while boasting one of the league’s best defenses.
They are now surpassingly in a position to possibly take over first place in the NFC South and could do that very thing in front of NBC camera on Sunday Night Football a week from next Sunday. But there’s the Drew Brees factor to work into the mix as a win over the wizard of the NFC South would be perhaps the biggest win of the season for Carolina.
Either way, we will all be able to see it go down live in primetime as NBC has flexed the Saints-Panthers game in week 14 and it was really a no-brainer move.