2014 NFL Schedule: Oct. 12 Patriots-Bills & Bears-Falcons Games Moved

By Kevin Kelley -

Two NFL games on the schedule for Week 6 (Oct. 12, 2014) have been moved in accordance with the league’s flexible scheduling rules.

New England at Buffalo, which was originally scheduled to air on CBS, has been moved to FOX. Kickoff time remains at 1pm ET.

The Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons game has also moved from 1pm to 4:25pm ET and will remain on FOX.

Here is more on flex scheduling from the NFL news release:

The NFL uses “flexible scheduling” to ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots and to give teams a chance to play their way onto prime-time and into the late-afternoon 4:25 p.m. ET time slot on CBS or FOX.

For the first time, flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.

Also, for the first time, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.

The NFL will continue to use flexible scheduling on Sundays in Weeks 11-17. For each flexible scheduling week with the exception of Week 17, the NFL announces the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend. To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, flexible scheduling decisions for that Sunday can be made on six days notice.

Back in 2006, the NFL implemented flexible scheduling to ensure quality match-ups. Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday Night Football, with the night game being moved to the afternoon.

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Comments (8)

Interesting about the “cross-flex,” I thought it was a typo at first. Is the Pats-Bills matchup the first all-AFC game on Fox?

First regular season game, done a couple of AFC/AFC preseason games (most recently Pit/Den in 2010). CBS gets Redskins/Niners later this year in their first all-NFC regular season game since Bears/Rams to end the ’93 season.

Make that first Sunday afternoon regular season NFC/NFC game (already having had Bucs/Falcons, Giants/Skins, and Vikings/Pack tonight.

…you know Jim Nantz won’t like that…….he wants to do every Bellechik game….

You preempt the bears for an overtime game between Car/Cin????? WTF are you thinking?????