We’re in that time of the NFL season when NBC has the luxury of being able to flex out of crappy games it’s been forced to put on it’s schedule in favor of much more entertaining matchups. We saw them exercise the flex for this week’s game where a surprisingly dull game between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons has been replaced by a surprisingly intriguing game between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.
NBC won’t be exercising the flex the following week though as the regularly scheduled matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals will remain the Sunday night game.
Really, NBC couldn’t flex out of the game if they wanted to. The only other intriguing games of the week are the Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers or a game between the Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys that could have potential NFC playoff implications as well as renewing an old rivalry.
But the Steelers-Bengals game is really the best of a pick your poison type of week. The Steelers are pretty much done in the AFC playoff race but the Bengals are fighting for an AFC North crown and a third straight playoff berth. So to say there’s nothing on the line would be a lie but to say what is on the line is interesting is also a lie.