The Ravens’ Week 16 home game against the New England Patriots will be a big one for both teams.
It’s apparently not big enough for primetime, however.
The game has been flexed out of NBC's 8:30 p.m. Sunday Night Football timeslot, and will instead kick off at 4:25 p.m. on CBS. It’s still a time that will be seen by a large television audience, but it won’t be the only game on at that time.
The Eagles-Bears game will instead move into primetime. Both teams are in a close battle for the playoffs. The Bears played on Monday Night Football yesterday.
The Patriots (10-3) can clinch the AFC East division crown with a win this Sunday against Miami. For them, Week 16’s stakes may be simply to maintain a first-round playoff bye.
The game may have more meaning for the Ravens (7-6), who are in a tight battle for the sixth wild-card spot and still in contention for the AFC North divisional crown.
The Ravens-Patriots game is a rematch of the past two AFC championship games.
Because of the flex, the defending Super Bowl champions are slated to play three primetime games this season (Denver, Pittsburgh, Detroit), including just one at home.