The Seattle Seahawks were set to return from their bye week and face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday afternoon in Week 7. While the game will remain on Sunday, it has been moved into primetime. The NFL announced on Thursday that the Seahawks and Cardinals would play on Sunday Night Football, while the Buccaneers and Raiders, originally scheduled for that slot, will play at 1:05 pm PST.
The league’s decision to move Seattle and Arizona into primetime, while moving Tampa Bay and Las Vegas out, is a result of the Raiders’ offensive line in quarantine after tackle Trent Brown was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week. Should Las Vegas and Tampa Bay’s game need to be postponed, the league wanted to ensure there was a game in primetime. Here is the league’s statement:
These decisions were made out of an abundance of caution to ensure that a game would be available for fans on Sunday Night Football.
We expect the Buccaneers-Raiders game to be played on Sunday afternoon. Scheduling decisions are made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts.
So, with the Raiders and Buccaneers’ Week 7 matchup potentially in question, the Seahawks and Cardinals see an additional, unexpected primetime game on their schedule.