"Right now it's scheduled to be played as played, and I'm doubtful that one will be changed," Jones said Wednesday on his KRLD-FM show, via DallasCowboys.com
Interesting. These comments by Jones hardly are made in a vacuum. There is a lot of conversation and negotiating between the networks, teams and NFL about these Sunday night matchups. Jones obviously is in a position to know which way the winds are blowing.
Troy Aikman of Fox Sports expressed his displeasure last season at "losing" the Cowboys-Giants game last season to NBC. Perhaps there is some concern about taking such a great game away from Fox again. Other candidates could include Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens-Cincinnati Bengals or even St. Louis Rams-Seattle Seahawks or Cleveland Browns-Pittsburgh Steelers if Seattle or Pittsburgh are in a "win-and-in" situation.
Choosing the Week 17 game is tricky and will be heavily dependent on the results of Week 16. NBC and the NFL have to choose a game they know will be meaningful. They will take a win-and-in type of game over all others. They can't choose a game that could be rendered unimportant by the time it's played.