As expected, the likely NFC West championship decider between the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams will get the big spotlight on Sunday afternoon.
The NFL announced on Monday that the Week 16 rematch, originally scheduled for CBS in the 1:05 PM PT singleheader slot, will now air on FOX at 1:25 PM PT as the main late game doubleheader. Previously the only late game on FOX’s lineup was the Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, but both teams risk being eliminated from the NFC East race this Sunday so it could be a meaningless game in terms of the playoff picture.
Had the NFL done nothing, Seahawks vs. Rams would’ve had fairly small singleheader distribution on CBS because only one game is being shown on the network that week. Late game doubleheader on FOX should produce a drastic increase the national distribution to local affiliates.
No other changes A couple of other changes have been announced on games you don’t care about, so let’s ignore them. We know that we’ll get a Christmas Day game on Friday, two games on Saturday, the usual Sunday slate, and then one more Monday Night Football matchup in the penultimate week of the regular season.
While it would’ve been cool to see the Seahawks get in one more Sunday Night Football appearance, the SNF game that week is the Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers, so not a chance in hell you flex that one out.
Besides, you all can stomach Buck and Aikman for another game right?