(Oct. 24, 2006) -- The Chicago Bears-New York Giants game on Sunday, Nov. 12, will be played at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC and the New Orleans Saints-Pittsburgh Steelers game will move to 4:15 p.m. ET on FOX as part of the first week of flexible scheduling, the NFL announced today.
This season the NFL is implementing for the first time a "flexible scheduling" feature on Sundays in Weeks 10-15 and in Week 17. November 12 (Week 10) marks the first week of flexible scheduling, which will ensure quality matchups in all the NFL Sunday time slots and give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:15 p.m. ET time slot on CBS and FOX.
For each of the flexible scheduling weeks with the exception of Week 17, the NFL will announce the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend. In Week 17, in order to ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications, the decision to move the start time may be made on six days notice.