Chiefs at Broncos flexed to Sunday night in Week 12; Patriots bumped

For the first time this season, the NFL has decided to flex a bad game out of the Sunday night slot and put a new game in. The league announced on Monday that the Week 12 game between Kansas City and Denver has been moved to prime time.

The Chiefs-Broncos game, which had originally been set to air on Nov. 27 at 4:25 p.m ET on CBS, will now air at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Surprisingly, the league's decision means that Tom Brady will be playing in one less Sunday night game this season. The Patriots and Jets were originally scheduled to play Sunday night in Week 12 but that game has now been moved to a 4:25 p.m. kickoff and will be televised by CBS.

Although moving Brady out of prime time could be seen as a risky move, the bottom line is that the Patriots game in East Rutherford just doesn't look that attractive now with the Jets sitting at 3-7. The Jets are on a bye in Week 11, which means that they wouldn't have had a chance to improve their record before Week 12 to make the Sunday night game more enticing.

As for Chiefs-Broncos, at worst, the game in Denver will definitely feature two seven-win teams. The Broncos, who are on a bye this coming week, will be 7-3 heading into Week 12, while the Chiefs (7-2) will be looking for their eighth win of the season when they host the Buccaneers on Sunday.

If the past is any indication, the move to Sunday night might not work out so well for the Chiefs. Since the beginning of 2014, the Chiefs are just 1-5 in prime-time games, and they haven't won on Sunday night since 2005. In their only appearance this season, the Chiefs lost to the Steelers 43-14 in Week 4.

The Chiefs and Broncos are also scheduled to play the Sunday night game on Christmas Day.

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