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I feel a good indicator about how the Flexible scheduling still favors larger markets, over a more exciting matchup is this week. The Texans and Ravens would clearly be a more fun game to watch. More explosive offenses and better Winning records. Yet we are stuck with Bears vs. Rams. The Texans and Ravens are on during 1:00. I know CBS can protect games, but they already would have protected the Patriots and Eagles.

 

So I highly doubt the Bills will ever get flexed into a Sunday night game. You would need a perfect storm of a downright terrible matchup on SNF, and the Bills having a good matchup against a large market team. The week 16 "flex" isn't really a flex. The game never had a time assigned to it, and there were 3 empty slots on Saturday for our game. In 2007, NBC didn't have any games assigned to their lineup until 2 weeks prior, and that's how the Bills vs. Patriots was able to be flexed so easily that year.

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Bears vs Rams was expected to be a very good game.  It still is not a terrible choice either.  LA was the home team, therefore it would have had to become a late game for CBS and they already had a good late game with NE-Phi.  In fact moving the Rams game ot late Sunday  would have likely diluted the viewership for the NE-Phi game as you'd have lost the LA and Chi market then.

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6 hours ago, wagon127 said:

I feel a good indicator about how the Flexible scheduling still favors larger markets, over a more exciting matchup is this week. The Texans and Ravens would clearly be a more fun game to watch. More explosive offenses and better Winning records. Yet we are stuck with Bears vs. Rams. The Texans and Ravens are on during 1:00. I know CBS can protect games, but they already would have protected the Patriots and Eagles.

 

So I highly doubt the Bills will ever get flexed into a Sunday night game. You would need a perfect storm of a downright terrible matchup on SNF, and the Bills having a good matchup against a large market team. The week 16 "flex" isn't really a flex. The game never had a time assigned to it, and there were 3 empty slots on Saturday for our game. In 2007, NBC didn't have any games assigned to their lineup until 2 weeks prior, and that's how the Bills vs. Patriots was able to be flexed so easily that year.


who really cares. The NFL has just as much of an obligation to the Networks that pay them Billions. 
 

also the entire flexing thing is stupid anyway. Set the schedule at start of year and go with it. 

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7 hours ago, wagon127 said:

I feel a good indicator about how the Flexible scheduling still favors larger markets, over a more exciting matchup is this week. The Texans and Ravens would clearly be a more fun game to watch. More explosive offenses and better Winning records. Yet we are stuck with Bears vs. Rams. The Texans and Ravens are on during 1:00. I know CBS can protect games, but they already would have protected the Patriots and Eagles.

 

So I highly doubt the Bills will ever get flexed into a Sunday night game. You would need a perfect storm of a downright terrible matchup on SNF, and the Bills having a good matchup against a large market team. The week 16 "flex" isn't really a flex. The game never had a time assigned to it, and there were 3 empty slots on Saturday for our game. In 2007, NBC didn't have any games assigned to their lineup until 2 weeks prior, and that's how the Bills vs. Patriots was able to be flexed so easily that year.

 

 

I just clicked on this thread to see what gif @HOUSEapplied re: flexing.

 

 

 

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The only Bills fans that get upset about this are the perennially insecure - the same ones who see perceived slights by the national NFL media behind every blog, broadcast, podcast and come here to complain every week. 

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Big markets dominate.
 

They get the night games, they get the new fancy stadiums, they get Super Bowls and most of all they get the calls from the refs. 

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Flexing should never occur. 

People spend unrefundable money on airplane and game tickets and they are told just deal with it.

Not a good way to attract ticket buyers.

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At least we get two national games. Thanksgiving is huge.

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1 minute ago, PromoTheRobot said:

At least we get two national games. Thanksgiving is huge.

 

A good result could change the franchise.

 

Can't wait for it

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9 hours ago, wagon127 said:

I feel a good indicator about how the Flexible scheduling still favors larger markets, over a more exciting matchup is this week. The Texans and Ravens would clearly be a more fun game to watch. More explosive offenses and better Winning records. Yet we are stuck with Bears vs. Rams. The Texans and Ravens are on during 1:00. I know CBS can protect games, but they already would have protected the Patriots and Eagles.

 

So I highly doubt the Bills will ever get flexed into a Sunday night game. You would need a perfect storm of a downright terrible matchup on SNF, and the Bills having a good matchup against a large market team. The week 16 "flex" isn't really a flex. The game never had a time assigned to it, and there were 3 empty slots on Saturday for our game. In 2007, NBC didn't have any games assigned to their lineup until 2 weeks prior, and that's how the Bills vs. Patriots was able to be flexed so easily that year.


heaven forbid they pick the likely highest viewed and not the highest upside 

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3 hours ago, MAJBobby said:


who really cares. The NFL has just as much of an obligation to the Networks that pay them Billions. 
 

also the entire flexing thing is stupid anyway. Set the schedule at start of year and go with it. 


NBC was given the ability to cherry pick the best game for prime time

 

totally screwing over the network that got stuck with several dogs in the preset MNF arrangement 

 

 

sweet deal that one....

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I think you just have an AFC bias.

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3 minutes ago, MJS said:

I think you just have an AFC bias.

I'm comfortable with that for this case. I went out of my way to watch Seahawks vs. 49ers last week.

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12 minutes ago, wagon127 said:

I'm comfortable with that for this case. I went out of my way to watch Seahawks vs. 49ers last week.

But they WERE the only game on ;)

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If the Bills finish 9-7 or 10-6 I wonder if that would be enough to get them on SNF or TNF which I think are the more attractive prime time games over MNF since they are on NBC and FOX. This will be a discussion for the offseason but I definitely think the Bills get a MNF next year with a 9-7 or 10-6 record. After that I don't know.

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I think it's possible our week 15 game against the Steelers could be flexed depending on where the Steelers are at that point. Right now they currently have Vikings at Chargers but the Chargers will more than likely be out of it by that point. The only two other games I can see them flexing that week are Seahawks vs Panthers or Bears at Packers. The Rams and Cowboys play that week but the Cowboys would have reached their 5 primetime game limit by then having already had 4 and I believe they still have a Thursday night game coming up after Thanksgiving. I don't see what market size has to do with it. It's the NFL, people are gonna watch. I watch every week regardless. I don't watch because the Cowboys are playing. 

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3 hours ago, Greg S said:

If the Bills finish 9-7 or 10-6 I wonder if that would be enough to get them on SNF or TNF which I think are the more attractive prime time games over MNF since they are on NBC and FOX. This will be a discussion for the offseason but I definitely think the Bills get a MNF next year with a 9-7 or 10-6 record. After that I don't know.

 

doesn't every team get to torture us on TNF?

 

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4 minutes ago, row_33 said:

 

doesn't every team get to torture us on TNF?

 

 

I remember we played the Jets on TNF in back to back years. Once at MetLife and one at NEF. I don't recall the Bills playing on Thursday night since FOX took over.

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Subscribe to the Sunday ticket. My dad got it free this year because of all the ch4 bs, and he lets me use his creds on my tv app. I mainly only watch the fantasy/redszone stuff to keep track of my players.But if you really love football and want to pick and choose what games to watch, that's really the way to do it.

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19 minutes ago, Greg S said:

 

I remember we played the Jets on TNF in back to back years. Once at MetLife and one at NEF. I don't recall the Bills playing on Thursday night since FOX took over.

 

fair enough, i'm at that stage in life asking about the ground rules and they were changed like 9 years ago....

 

:D

 

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The flex is crap. Look how many times people on this board have asked about rushing to the airport after a game. I’m sure for every game that is played some fan has that dilemma. The NFL moving the schedule is crap. I care about the people paying the money not the ones collecting billions. 

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