Indianapolis Colts-New England Patriots kickoff flexed


Gather the children around the fire and listen up: Flex scheduling is back.

The NFL on Monday announced a change to its Week 11 slate of games, shifting the Sunday, Nov. 18 affair between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots from 1 p.m. ET to 4:25 p.m. ET.

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More importantly, "Sunday Night Football" between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers remains unaltered.

Flex scheduling runs through Week 17 and allows the NFL to promote its best games to a wider audience, while pushing potential prime-time stinkers back into the wider mix of Sunday fare. To sum it up: Everybody wins.

The NFL must announce tweaked Sunday start times at least 12 days prior to that weekend. The only caveat is the final Sunday of the season. Week 17 changes can be made on just six days' notice to ensure an afternoon doubleheader and night game with playoff implications.

Is there a living person who disagrees with this plan?

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