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Colts, Pats game flexed to late afternoon

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01:38 PM ET 11.05 | As the NFL heads toward the postseason, the league has announced the first flex schedule move of the season, changing the Week 11 matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots from a 1 p.m. ET kickoff to a 4:25 p.m. ET start. The Ravens and Steelers game will remain that night on NBC. The flexible scheduling is in place from Week 11 through 17, giving the league the option to move games around in order to highlight games with playoff implications and "ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks." That Andrew Luck has the Colts in position for a playoff run now qualifies this game as a quality matchup.

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November 5, 2012  01:56 PM ET

So what game will not get shown because of the flex ?

November 5, 2012  02:31 PM ET
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Let's see if Luck can beat New England like Russell Wilson did.

I look forward to seeing if the Pat's secondary can show any improvement in the second half of the season now that they have acquired Talib.

November 5, 2012  02:47 PM ET
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So what game will not get shown because of the flex ?

I don't know. When they flex a game, do they flex another game the other way? The official-looking announcement from the NFL doesn't mention moving any games from 4 to 1.

Anyway, Chargers-Broncos and Saints-Raiders are the other late afternoon games that day as of now. I could have yawned my way through those.

November 5, 2012  02:49 PM ET
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I look forward to seeing if the Pat's secondary can show any improvement in the second half of the season now that they have acquired Talib.

Since he's still suspended right now, that would be his first game as a Patriot.

The Pats receivers should be healthy, so it could be a long afternoon for Indy.

November 5, 2012  03:43 PM ET

Ravens-Steelers I is going to be a slobberknocker. It is every year, but it looks like the numbers mean this is going to be a playoff game for both teams.

They should be able to handle Oakland, but they will still need the win if they want to keep hunting for the bye. And if the Chiefs don't suddenly turn everything around, we'll need the win to avoid a Wild Card run. Then we get to snack on the Browns while the Ravens get a trip out to San Diego, before the rematch.

 
November 5, 2012  05:06 PM ET

I can hear it now: Tom Brady versus Andrew Luck. Even though they are never on the field at the same time!

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