NFL flexes Giants-Commanders to ‘SNF;’ Bills-Dolphins 1 of 3 Week 15 games moved to Saturday


On Monday, the NFL moved the Week 15 game between the Washington Commanders and the New York Giants to the “Sunday Night Football” slot at 8:20 pm ET on NBC.

Originally scheduled for December 18, the New England Patriots-Las Vegas Raiders game will now play at 4:05 pm ET on Fox. The league also announced three Saturday games for 17 December.

Saturday games will not be broadcast nationwide

The Indianapolis Colts will play the Minnesota Vikings at 1:00 pm ET, the Baltimore Ravens will play the Cleveland Browns at 4:30 pm ET, and the Miami Dolphins will play the Buffalo Bills at high stakes on AFC East at 20:15. ET. All three games will be played on the NFL Network and aired in local markets. Fans outside of local non-NFLN markets will need to make an alternate play access plan.

December 4, 2022;  East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA;  New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws and Washington Commanders quarterback James Smith-Williams (96) chases him into the second half at Metlife Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carcietta-USA TODAY Sports
Daniel Jones and the Giants will get another shot at Commanders in two weeks. (Vincent Carcietta/Reuters)

High stakes for prime time games

On Sunday, the Giants and Commanders played 20-20, leaving New York 7-4-1 and Washington 7-5-1. As a result, the Giants finished 6th in the NFC rankings. playoff picture while a Seattle Seahawks victory later that day left them 7–5 to secure their seventh and final seed in the NFC playoffs. The Commanders are the first team not to make the NFC playoffs. A Week 15 rematch with the Giants could ultimately determine a playoff berth. The Commanders say goodbye in Week 14 and the Giants face off against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Meanwhile, an AFC East match on December 17 could ultimately decide the division champion. The Bills single-handedly took first place in the AFC East in Week 14 with Thursday’s victory over the New England Patriots to improve the score to 9-3. The Dolphins’ loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday sent them 8-4 into the game. With the exception of a decline at the end of the season, both teams are solidly in the playoff position. But the Week 15 matchup could decide who plays at home in the postseason. The Dolphins won the Week 3 game against the Bills and held the tiebreak to win the season.