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The NFL flex scheduling rules

Posted by Chris Brown on April 14, 2016 – 8:05 pm

Here’s a look at the NFL’s flex scheduling rules knowing if Buffalo is in contention in the second half of the season they could see a game moved to prime time.

Flexible scheduling will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks.

In Weeks 5-15, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time.

Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights.

A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game.

For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 1.

The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot.

The reason the Week 16 games are not open to flex scheduling is because that is Christmas weekend.


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Bills game Sunday could see a time change

Posted by Chris Brown on December 22, 2014 – 2:47 pm

The Bills season finale at New England has a chance to be flexed to later in the day Sunday, and it hinges on the outcome of tonight’s (Monday) game between Denver and Cincinnati.

If Cincinnati beats Denver the Bills game against the Patriots Sunday will remain a 1 pm kickoff. If Denver ends up winning tonight then Sunday’s game at Foxboro will be moved to a 4:25 pm kickoff. The move is part of the league’s flex scheduling system.

The hook here is home field advantage in the AFC playoffs between the Broncos and Patriots.


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